Women and Prohibition Powerpoint

Women and Prohibition Powerpoint

I’m sharing one of my favorite powerpoints that I have created for a lecture on women and the prohibition movement.  It touches on the Women’s Temperance movement in the 1800s and leads up into Prohibition and the emergence of the “new woman” of the 1920s.  Please feel free to use this presentation to your liking.  Download it, change it, use it as you wish!  Click the link above to view it on SlideShare.  From there you can download it.  If you have problems, just email or post a comment below and I’d be happy to email it or dropbox it to you.

Pinterest!

Everyone was doing it and I just did not understand the whole magic of Pinterest and why it was such a wonderful thing.  Then, someone explained it to me and I figured out how to use it.  You have to click on the image, and then click on the link or double click the picture to bring you to the subject matter.  It’s like a digital bulletin board of the most random things in life.  I am now officially hooked.  The second night after my cumulative exam I successfully spent three hours doing nothing but browsing the site and “pinning” things.

But its not only fun, but functional for historians and teachers.  I have two boards myself, one full of historical images that I look forward to using in powerpoints for my students.  Images are powerful educational tools.  I’m sure that they will come up on exams, assignments, DBQs, and many other places as well. You can check out (and follow if you like) my “Teaching History” board here: http://pinterest.com/aprilgibbs1776/teaching-history/ .

The second functional part is the different teaching tools, techniques, organizational ideas, and disciplinary tactics that are shared on Pinterest.  They not only inspire you to inspire your students, but can give you a different way of approaching a subject or topic in the classroom or with a particular student who has been struggling.  Plus, it helps to know that you’re not alone in this struggle of teaching.  You can view my “For Teaching” board here: http://pinterest.com/aprilgibbs1776/for-teaching/

There are also fantastic DIY ideas and recipes and numerous quotes and humor boards to keep you entertained for hours.  I know this is probably not new information for most of you, but I wanted to share the awesome educational abilities of a popular website.  Check it out: http://www.pinterest.com.

Organizing my mountain

So after needing to determine what era of history is underrepresented in my book collection (for teaching purposes), I decided it was time to get organized.  I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a program that I could use MS Excel or Access to do.  However, I also didn’t want to take the hours of time to set up a database on Excel or Access either.  I wanted something that I could type in the title or ISBN number and update all the rest from the internet, an attractive frontpage, and the ability to do subcollections.  Off I went to Google!  After about 45 minutes of sporadic searching, I had installed and uninstalled numerous demos and free programs that just did not do what I wanted.  Then the heavens opened and the angels sang.  I ran across myCollections software and fell in love.

The people who created it seem to have a genuine love for their product and the people who use it.  I emailed them asking if it could do what I wanted because I was confusing myself (imagine that!) and within 8 hours they emailed me back with detailed instructions on how to do the subcollections.  It turned out the problem was between the keyboard and the chair and I had downloaded an older version.  The new version is sleek.  Please see my screenshots below and visit their website if you’re looking for a similar program!  The developers are so responsive if you have any questions!

This is the myCollections frontpage.  I’m still in the beginning stages of adding my books but I wanted to throw praise on this program early.  For those of us who are visual, the book covers provide for quick memory recall and organization.  You can also sort by various categories.

This is the “Add Book” page of myCollections.  I am just sitting here looking at my bookshelf typing in the names of the book and clicking “Web Update” and it fills in all the rest of the information as you see above.

This is the genre category list that you can use to categorize your books.  It is completely customizable as you can see from my list.

All in all, so far, it is the best program I have found for a book collection.  You can also add movies, songs, and other collections.  The best part- its completely free and it runs on Windows 7.  I’m happy to answer any questions you have about using this program as I learn to use it myself!  Just ask in the comments or send me a message.

Check it out: myCollections http://mycollections.codeplex.com/

 

Secret City Symposium, a National Archives Atlanta FREE special event!

Good Monday morning all!  I received this in my email this morning so I thought I’d pass along the information!  How often do you get a free event that is just so awesome?!  I was just in Atlanta and these Archives are actually fairly easy to get to, though parking may be slightly expensive if you’re not from a big city.  I was amazing that we had to pay $10 for parking, but what do I know? Also, just an FYI, beginning October 1, 2012, these archives were opened for public research Monday through Friday and the third Saturday of the month.  For more information on the National Archives at Atlanta, please visit http://www.archives.gov/southeast/ .  Now onward to the Secret City Symposium!

The National Archives at Atlanta is hosting the symposium Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power on Saturday, September 15.   The purpose of this symposium is to promote research in our historically rich records dealing with the Manhattan Engineering District and the Atomic Energy Commission and highlight scholarly works based on these holdings.  Pre-registration is required and limited to 200.   There is no cost to attend. 

For more information on the symposium access the National Archives web link http://www.archives.gov/southeast/secret-city-symposium/