Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Use SnagIt's Chrome App and Extension

I've been using the full version of TechSmith's SnagIt for about seven years now and love it. It's not an expensive program (I was lucky and won a copy at EdCamp Philly a few years ago) but can cost a bit when you need hundreds of licenses for your school. SnagIt just partnered with Google to offer an app and extension of their program which can be used with the Chrome browser and is linked to your Gmail account. Screen captures are saved to a folder on your Google Drive named "Techsmith". If you wish to share a capture with your students, you are given a shortened URL where the image resides. Please note that if you are used to the full SnagIt version, this one has its limitations; image size cannot be changed, one arrow, circle or square style is available, (a handful of colors) one font can be used and the image is saved as a .png. For most people, this will be quite enough. Here's a brief tutorial which I made with the full version of SnagIt. You can find both the extension and app at the Chrome Store.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Similarities Between Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy

I'm sure many of you have seen this listing of similarities between Lincoln and Kennedy. I thought this might be an interesting part of your lesson plan if you are going to discuss Kennedy's assassination this week. I checked with just to make sure everything was accurate.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. 
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. 

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. 
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. 

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters. 

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. 

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House. 

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. 

Both were shot in the head. 

Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln.
(contrary to popular belief, Lincoln did not have a secretary named Kennedy)

Both were assassinated by Southerners. 

Both were succeeded by Southerners. 

Both successors were named Johnson. 

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. 
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. 

Both assassins were known by their three names. 

Both names are comprised of fifteen letters 

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. (well, more like a shed, but that's a little detail we have forgotten..)
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater. 

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

Monday, November 18, 2013

33 Teaching Resources on the JFK Assassination

I have had an interest in the Kennedy Assassination since eighth grade, when I wrote a research paper on it. This monumental event has captivated the world and has remained a mystery to those of us who believe that a conspiracy was involved. Friday, November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. John F. Kennedy was the  youngest person to ever be elected to the presidency, and his youthful good looks will forever be frozen in time. This is a teaching moment for all students.

SIDE NOTE: The majority of teachers in my school were not even born yet when this occurred. Makes me feel old, but it also seems like just yesterday.

5 Things You May Not Know About JFK's Assassination- from CNN

Books on the Kennedy Assassination- over 2,000 books, Kindle, audio

The Cuban Missile Crisis: How to Respond?- lesson plan from the JFK Library and Museum

Documents Related to the Kennedy Assassination- from DocsTeach; list of eleven items includes photos, memos, diagram, speech

Everything Changed: JFK's Life and Death- Tom Brokow interviews famous people about JFK

Footage of Kennedy Assassination Used as a Teaching Tool in Oklahoma City High School

JFK50- Kennedy speaks about civil rights, public service, science and innovation, foreign policy

JFK Assassination: Conspiracy or Not?- webquest for 6th grade students

The JFK Assassination Timetable- from M.I.T.

JFK Biography- from

JFK Media Library- from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Biography- from

John F. Kennedy Timeline- Sparknotes

Kennedy's Final Days- photos capture the last few days of Kennedy's life, from his arrival in San Antonio, Texas on November 21, 1963.

Killing Kennedy-National Geographic's interactive shows Oswald and Kennedy's life stories side-by-side

The Life of John F. Kennedy- from the JFK Library and Museum

A Look Back at the Death of President John F. Kennedy 50 Years Ago- CBS News page of interviews, photos and much more

New Photos of JFK's Final Minutes- recently released

The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection- from the National Archives

Readers Remember a Terrible Day- stories published in the LA Times

Remembering JFK: Required Reading- from School Library Journal

Remembering John F. Kennedy- interactive from Associated Press includes a map of Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza- "approximately 40,000 items related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the local and global aftermath of his tragic death, the legacy of his presidency and the history and culture of the 1960s." Online collections highlights here.

Timeline: Most Important Events of the Kennedy Presidency

USA Today Article: Most Still Believe in JFK Assassination Conspiracy

The Warren Commission Report- from the National Archives

Was Kennedy Tied to the Mob?- from the National Geographic Channel

What Does the Zapruder Film Really Tell Us?- article from Smithsonian Magazine


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