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An Observation about Perspective

Sometimes I think about my students’ perspectives regarding history and while this isn’t the first time I’ve considered this, I just wanted to share that observation.

The strange part of teaching history is the differences in perception between me and my students. For instance, I am currently working on lecture notes & a slideshow about the 1980s – a time I well remember since I graduated in 1984 and can certainly relate to, and my perception of it is as if it were yesterday in a sense. However, for my students this happened 30 years ago – in the distant past for them. To give myself some perspective that would be similar to when I was in high school in the early ’80s and a teacher talking about what life was like in the early ’50s, pretty much right after WW2.

And then I think of all the changes between the ’50s and the ’80s and then consider all the changes between the ’80s and the ’10s.

Weird.

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Primary Source Websites

I make every effort to ensure that all of my images are primary sources and are public images. I particularly try and make every effort to ensure that I cite every image I use. As educators we are covered by Fair Use policies as far as copyright goes for the most part. But that does not, nor should it, excuse us from making efforts to cite things properly and to not abuse that which we have been permitted to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of saved websites (bookmarks) that are free, public images. These are, for the most part (probably 95%) are free of copyright.

Primary Sources Websites

I’ll be adding to this list as time goes on.

Classroom Introduction Video

Just finished creating a new video to introduce the class and classroom to new students. Students will watch this on the first day of the semester and any new students when they transfer to the school. Let me know what you think. Constructive criticism would be appreciated.