Blogging New York.

1 06 2010

It’s not exactly a hiatus, but starting soon most of my blogging activity is going to migrate to this space. That is the central class blog for History 591, our Teaching American History grant-funded trip to New York City (and a little bit of upstate near the end).

Here’s the explanation: Four years ago now, Pueblo District 70 received a Teaching American History grant to send area teachers to historic sites around the country. They partnered with my colleague Matt Harris and I (being the two good Easterners that we are) to run the trips. We started in Boston. Then came Philadelphia. Last year it was Chicago. We saved the best for last.

If you know anything about the TAH program, you know that these kinds of grants are quite popular. As a result, there’s a lot of criticism that trips like this are really just sending a bunch of secondary school teachers on vacation. Blogging is our answer to that criticism. Each student does a post a night, and hopefully so do I. I direct other students to the best posts using Delicious, which you can see at the top right of that blog, and hopefully conversations ensue.

You can see our itinerary here. It’s part of the course syllabus. With the days packed with action, our thinking was that asking for a blog post a night, reflecting on how what you saw is going to change the way you teach in the classroom is more than fair. We also expect a longer reflective piece on the whole trip after they get back to Colorado.

Since I don’t teach secondary school, most of my posts will be of the general New York history variety. I’ll cross-post anything of general interest here. However, if you you really want to see blogging as a teaching tool in action, go to the blogroll at the bottom right here and click on the names of any of our students. In recent years, we’ve gotten some lovely posts, many of which are absolutely bursting with pictures. I also leave lots of comments.

I hope you’ll consider leaving them comments too. That’s a good way to illustrate that anything on the Internet is really an experiment in crowd-sourcing.


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