International Association for K-12 Online Learning
November 16, 2010
11:30 pm-12:30pm

Winnie Bracco, Technology Innovation Manager, New York City Department of Education
Ellen Phillips, Instructional Technology Specialist, New York City Department of Education

How can you create an online course environment when funding is NOT available?
Due to budget cuts, low student enrollment or other priorities, your school does not have the funds to support a learning management system or a server for Moodle.
Whatever the reason, you have ZERO funds.
The web provides a plethora of free web 2.0 tools that can be used for online learning.

In order for online learning to be effective we must have the following:

This workshop will demonstrate how you can use these tools to create an interactive online learning environment. The unit below is an example how you can teach Social Studies/History using FREE resources and web 2.0 tools.

Free Web 2.0 Tools used in the unit below.
wikispaces K-12 Free

Course Material/Syllabus - (

Primary Sources (Kwout)

Select two documents from the list below and analyze them using the form below.

Teaching with Primary Sources using DocsTeach Activities with Students - Docsteach

Use DocsTeach activities for classroom demonstration, as full-class activities, as small-group activities, or as individual in-class or homework assignments.…more
Use DocsTeach activities for classroom demonstration, as full-class activities, as small-group activities, or as individual in-class or homework assignments. Manage activities in your account. Share both activities you find and those you create with your students on DocsTeach.
If you find an activity you want to share with your students or have created and published your own, simply provide your students with the unique web address for that individual activity. Students can complete the activity and email the results if desired.
You can also keep track of activities you create and your favorite activities in your account. Star activities that you like and want to share with your students, then find them in your account. If you have adapted an activity or created and published your own, find it immediately in your account and ready to share. If you’d like for your students to see or complete a series of activities, create a classroom within your account and share the unique web address for that classroom with students. Even create and name multiple classrooms to share different activities with different classes.

American Revolution activities: Click on the link below and email responses to

Extra Credit:
Causes of the American Revolution
Settlement of the West

Time Line - TimeToast

Review the time line below. Watch the tutorial on your own timeline using

Create a time line for a famous colonist that contributed to the American Revolution and complete the form below with your URL.

Primary Sources - Review the photos using the links below. Select two photos and complete the document analysis form.

Online Content

This week we will continue with the American Revolution and focus on the following objectives:
  • Analyze the impact of the war on American society.
  • Explain the effects of the war on American politics at the state and national levels.
  • Describe the terms of the Treaty of Paris and explain how America was able to achieve such an amazing diplomatic victory.
  • Analyze the successes and failures of the Articles of Confederation

Step 1:
Click on the HippoCampus widget below.
Under Subjects: Click on US History
Click on Course Tab - Unit 4 - Chapter 12 - Lesson 36 - The Civil War
UserName: freehippocampus
Password: hippo

Step 2: Complete the assessment below by November 20, 2010.

Learn how to change your browser from Firefox to Internet Explorer.

Compare and Contrast
Below are visuals of two important speeches. One made by Washington and the other by Jefferson. What is the importance of each speech?

Evaluate the situation

The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been described as the worst environmental disaster in US history. On the 20th April, the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up killing eleven workers. The subsequent oil spill affected hundreds of miles of Gulf coastline, causing serious economic damage to the region, both in terms of tourism and fishing.