Web Site Links
You can use this form to send an email to Google Groups, which will go to all the teachers who subscribed to the list-serv. You need to be registered as a member of that group to post to it, so be sure to fill in the email address you gave Google.
Basecamp is the Heritage Project’s collaboration website. There, you can send a message to others who are registered on the site, and the messages become a permanent part of the site, so it’s easy to visit the site and get back up to speed. You can also create a writeboard or comment on one someone else started. Writeboards are web-based word processors, that allow groups to collaborate on creating specific documents (such as the by-laws of our non-profit, or the packets to go to teachers who want to join the 1910 Expedition). The site also has “to-do” lists, which make it easy to keep track of who is doing what and by what deadline. You need to be registered with a user name and password to log on.
You can post a message to TeacherLore. This is the Heritage Project’s blog. It’s an easy place to share links to other useful information (along with your editorial comments on them!). The front end of the site is here (the front end is the part of the site the public can browse) and the back end is here (the back end is the control panel, where you go to post new entries or to edit old ones). You need to be registered to post. Let me know if you’ve forgotten your user name or password.
I’ve put a link to this post on the TeacherLore blog, on the right-hand navigation bar. It’s the link named “Collaboration Links.”
Learning to read old handwriting
A problem that often confronts people trying to read letters and diaries from the past is that handwriting has changed over the years. Most of us experience difficulties trying to decipher manuscripts written in earlier centuries.
The National Archives has created a set of short lessons to help learn how to read English handwriting from 1500 to 1800.
Take Me Home Country Roads
“Moving to the country is once again the American Dream. The trend is strong, and it will bring inevitable change to the farm community.” This month, Progressive Farmer Magazine carries an article identifying the top ten and then top 100 rural places to live in the United States. Make sure you click on the link labeled: Why people are moving to the country.
“People just want a small-town, rural feel,” says Calvin Beale, a demographer with the USDA who has been studying the census data showing movement to rural counties. In trying to understand that data, he often calls local people with firsthand knowledge of the movement, including Extension agents, chambers of commerce and real estate agents.
“They tell me people are moving in who simply want to get away from cities,” says Beale. “They say they’re concerned about their children, that they want to get their children out of urban schools and into rural schools where it’s safer and they don’t have the gangs.” The reasons are social, he believes, not economic.
And if you look at the lists, you’ll find that the magazine placed only one Montana county--Gallatin--among the top 100 places to live. (You may also notice that my hometown of McPherson, Kansas, ranked third). But as the McPherson Sentinel was asking yesterday: do we agree with the criteria that the magazine used?