Friday, December 5, 2014

Last C4T Summary

      I must say that I have enjoyed doing my C4T assignments this semester. I have made connections with educators that I can use for my PLN. I have conversed with teachers in the U.K. and in the United States. I have also learned a lot from reading these educator's blog posts as well. I have been able to learn interesting facts about history, different teaching theories, and much, much more. It has been a priviledge to learn from these experienced educators, and I hope to continue to learn from them and keep in touch with them. Here is the final summary of my last two C4T comments.

     My first C4T assignment this month was on Ken Halla's blog: ushistoryeducatorblog. Ken shared a video about the history of Thanksgiving. It starts out by telling us that the first Thanksgivign in 1621 was to celebrate the first successful harvest. The celebration included hunting, eating, and other entertainments among the new settlers and Native Americans.This was a celebration that lasted three days. The video also points out that there were no turkeys on the original thanksgiving menu, however, venison most definitely was. The Holiday experienced a number of changes over the years. In 1789, President Washington declared Thanksgiving a holiday, but it was not celebrated throughout the nation. In the 19th century, a poet named Sarah Josepha Hale was inspired by a pilgrim journal to recreate the celebration and make it a National Holiday. Hale even created recipes such as turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie to be enjoyed on the holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln finaly declared Thanksgiving as a National Holiday. The turkey day celebration also encountered some changes in the 20th century as well. Roosevelt moved the date during the depresion to extend time for business owners to gather the goods necessary for the feast. In the 1980's President Bush created a tradition of his own. He chose one to two turkeys to be spared from the oven and called it the "Pardoned Turkey". This is a tradition carried out by U.S. Presidents to this day. I thought this video was a neat and educational video that I would like to share with my students when I am in a classroom setting.
     My response: I told Halla that I loved learning new information pertaining to such a strong American tradition. I also told him that I appreciated him sharing and that I would like to share this with my students once I have made it into the teaching profession.

     My second C4T assignment was on Eric Langhorn's blog: speaking of history. Eric shared a video on his blog that showed how an augmented reality app was bringing history to life at the Union Station in Kansas City. I thought this was so cool! The augmented reality app allows for visitors to download and app and view reinacted historical events that have taken place there as they walk around the station. It is hard to explain, but I am going to try. When you open the app and walk around the station, using your phones camera, the app picks up where you are and will produce a video of a reinactment of the historical event that took place in the same exact spot years and years
       My response: I told Langhorn that I thought the app was a great way to inspire people to learn about history. I also told him that I hoped this technology would spread to other historical sites around the country so that maybe I could experience this technology for myself. I also added that if he lived near Kansas City, that he should most definitely take his students for a visit. I know I would if I had a chance to do so.

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