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Friday, October 16, 2015

Let Your Voices Be Heard! #104Quotes

Last week while discussing a quote from Thomas More, our classes were sharing some amazing thoughts and ideas. We let the discussion run past the "allotted time," yet we still felt like it was not given the time it deserved.

A student during block B1 suggested that we incorporate this as a twitter chat. I love when my students make great suggestions! After thinking about it, we decided to make this a blog.

Below, I will upload some images of the quotes we reflected on. The objective is NOT to just write what you put in your journal. However if the class discussion gave you another idea and you were not able to share it, here is the place! Maybe you do not feel comfortable saying your ideas in class, but you feel comfortable writing them, then here is the place!

The goal is that this can be a running dialogue of some of these ideas for throughout the year. I will upload more quotes here as the year progresses. Therefore, you are encouraged to reply to comments from your classmates. Also, maybe an experience will cause you to look at a quote from a month or two differently, we would love to see that reflection here.

Hint: Before commenting, you may want to view the video below. It is about why such on-line discussions are important, and even gives us a few tips!

Note: Please refer to what quote you are responding to such as writing, "More's quote on education..."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Even CubeSATS Have Historical Significance!

Last week some of our classes saw the wonder of aerospace technology in action.

On October 7th, block B5 was able to watch some of the NASA press briefing before the launch of an Atlas rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket brought 13 CubeSATS (miniature satellites, basically), into orbit. Some students that came in to watch the briefing during their lunch tweeted questions to ask NASA scientists and engineers. Amazingly, two of our questions were answered live on NASA TV for Block B5 to see!

Here is the press briefing that gave information about the launch and the mission. Our questions were asked and answered about the 21 minute mark. (Note: They asked our question first!)

Here is the NASA biography on Scott Higginbotham, who answered our question:

Learn more about the launch here:

Here is a video of the highlights of the ULA (United Launch Alliance) launch:

For more information on NRO GRACE CubeSATs:

Last year, while at Vandenberg, I was able to tour the first Atlas Rocket ICBM launchpad along with its museum. (See prior blog post to learn more.) The tour was given by JP Prichard, and he took some amazing photos of this October's launch from that site (shown below, and check out the constellations in the bottom right picture!)

Here are photos Mr. Prichard shared with us from when Pres. Kennedy visited the launch during the height of the Cold War (think space race and arms race.)

The following photo is the view that Nikita Khruschev had while he was on a train going through Vandenberg when he visited the United States.  

When thinking of what we have learned thus far in current events pertaining Russia, this launch is significant when studying the humanities in countless different ways, isn't it?

Besides other than how Mr. Higginbotham mentioned, how is this launch significant for the studying of humanities (social studies, English, sociology, political science, world languages, etc.)? Be sure to be specific in your comments below, and show that you read/viewed some of the information provided in this blog in your response. Your comment can respond to another's comment, but it should not be repetitive. (Hint: It might also be beneficial to see my video from last year's tour of the ICBM site/museum, . Tying the Cold War with current issues and the recent launch may be an angle to take.)

Perspectives in time. viewed from 1st complex.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jefferson as a Renaissance Man

This past August I had the awesome opportunity to stop at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia. Besides walking around the grounds which included a garden, a cemetery, and Mulberry Row (where most of the slaves lived), I also was able to tour the home.

While I was able to take numerous photographs outside, we were not allowed to take any inside. However, I did purchase a book that you can look at which has numerous pictures of inside Monticello. You can also view the inside by using the website that I attached below.

If you want to view the tweets on my account to view the pictures better, go to @bohndrake and scroll down (yes, I know it will take a while) until you reach August 9.  Searching for #devilshistory may be more effective.

In Unit I of our course we cover the Renaissance and analyze the idea of a polymath or "Renaissance man." You will create symbolic Renaissance Man visuals as well as writing an essay on a modern polymath.  Many people would consider Thomas Jefferson to be a Renaissance man. By studying Monticello you can discover his diversified interests and his spirit of innovation.

Use these tweets and your own research to explain why many historians consider Jefferson to be a Renaissance Man. Explain your reasons in well developed comments below.  Feel free to respond to other's comments with your feedback.

(Hint: To follow these tweets from the start of my tour to the end, it might benefit you from start at the bottom of the image and scroll up. )

Keep innovating!

Link to Monticello site

  1. Besdies history, visiting today inspired me w/ideas for innovation in class, thanks !
  2. Some of the clocks of Monticello- there were amazing ones inside but no photos allowed there
  3. More pics from Monticello including the fish pond and info on the grave yard
  4. Nail making and the significance of charcoal at Monticello
  5. Some pictures from the grounds of Monticello and the " underground " section
  6. Since I'm stuck in Virginia Rain, I'll share some pics from Monticello earlier
  7. Passing many signs for civil war battlefields today , wish I could stop at them all !!
  8.   retweeted
    Being at Monticello was one of the hardest, soul crushing, enlightening, exciting and nauseating experiences ever.
  9. Reconstructed cabin of slaves quarters , they believe one on this spot belonged to John Hemmings
  10. The one slaves quarters rebuilt on Mulberry Row, yet Monticello housed up to 200 slaves at a time
  11. Beer cellar at Monticello
  12. Monticello is full of artifacts that show he was a "Renaissance Man"- telescopes, animal bones, books
  13. TJ's fave shape for rooms : octagon - believed it deflected light better than 90 degree angles
  14. Monticello was a 40 year construction project
  15. Jefferson's grave, notice what it does and DOESN'T say. Time to sit and have a chat with him
  16. The remains of the joiners shop ( woodworking) at Monticello
  17. The cook's room , next to the kitchen at Monticello
  18. The kitchen at Monticello where enslaved cooks made many French meals
  19. Abt 30% of the glass and 95% of the bricks at Monticello are original