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Amanda Armor replied to Andrew Pass's discussion Screen Casting
"I have primarily used JING in the past, but have found it to be less user-friendly when I want to embed my videos onto my website.  So I recently did a little exploration and testing and discovered Screencast-o-Matic, which does not…"
Mar 12, 2016
Andrew Pass posted a discussion

Sample Holocaust Unit (Using Google Earth) Available

Greetings:I wanted to let everybody know that I have just developed a new unit that incorporates technology into content learning. This particular unit challenges students to develop multi-media presentations demonstrating the horrible realities of the Holocaust. In order to prepare themselves for this final project, students complete a series of activity sheets that correspond to markers within Google Earth that challenge them to think both critically and creatively.The teacher packet includes…See More
Mar 20, 2009
Nathan Hutchings replied to Andrew Pass's discussion Screen Casting
"I have used CamStudio to but having a bit of trouble getting the audio to work with my new DELL. It works well for quick captures that you can embed in power point or ecode on your video streaming setup"
Mar 11, 2009
Andrew Pass posted a discussion

Piloting a U.S. History/Google Earth Lesson

Greetings:I am in the process of completing a Google Earth based lesson on American colonial economics that I need to have piloted. In short, students, working as advisers to a father of three sons, must help sons identify appropriate work and appropriate regions in which to live in British America. The lesson should not take more than 1 and a half hours.The publisher with whom I am working has agreed to compensate the teacher who does this piloting with a $100 coupon towards merchandise. In…See More
Feb 10, 2009
Andrew Pass posted a blog post

Obama in Indiana

I've just posted a new set of discussion starters about President Obama's trip to Indiana yesterday. Here it is:The Washington Post is running an article entitled, “Obama Returns toCampaign Tactics to Push Stimulus Bill.” The article begins,“President Obama took his campaign for a massive new economicstimulus package to this hard-hit corner of Indiana Monday and urgedCongress to pass a bill ‘immediately’ to avoid the prospect of a‘deepening disaster.’” It states, “In a speech and town…See More
Feb 10, 2009
Andrew Pass posted a blog post

My Living Textbook

I woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about my Living-Textbook. This is a website that contains hundreds (maybe dozens maybe thousands, I'm not sure) of questions that I developed related to newspaper articles. I haven't been keeping this up to date, but all of the sudden I thought of a really interesting quote that I just put up on the living textbook: "Yesterday's Current Events Questions are Today's Critical Thinking Questions. Great Essay Prompts!! Wonderful ways to…See More
Feb 8, 2009
Andrew Pass replied to William Kist's discussion Looking for Teachers Using MySpace, Facebook
"William, Hi. I was actually just invited to give a talk on social networking for teaching and learning purposes, at the Association of Educational Publishers annual summit. So, I'll be very interested to find out what you learn. Andy"
Feb 6, 2009
Andrew Pass replied to Dana's discussion Developmental English at the Community College Level
"Hi All, You know, if there are enough people interested perhaps we could make a special group, as part of CR2.0 for the technologies in higher ed."
Feb 6, 2009

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I love asking questions. I've developed a living textbook that contains hundreds of questions appropriate for teaching and learning.
Hi Folks. My name is Andrew Pass and I live in West Bloomfield, MI. When I'm not playing I work as an independent educational consultant. I develop curriculum and conduct professional development. I think I've begun to develop a reputation as somebody who knows how to ask a question or two.

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Teaching The Great Gatsby Teaching the Twenties

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:00am 0 Comments

I recently had this article published on Ezines and I thought that I would post it here, as well. (I've developed a Google Earth unit in which students compare The Great Gatsby to the Roaring Twenties. To see more about it go to:

Do you remember reading the Great Gatsby in high school? How much of the book do you remember? If you are anything like me you… Continue

Google Earth Lessons

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

I recently published an Ezine article entitled "Google Earth Lessons: Using Google Earth Layers." I thought that I would repost it here.

Have you used Google Earth to promote the highest quality teaching and learning within your classroom? Have you challenged your students to use G.E. to answer innovative and insightful questions? If not, I believe that you are missing an important and free learning tool.

At first glance, G.E. is obviously about geography. But, it is good… Continue

The Great Gatsby and Google Earth

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 6:59am 0 Comments

Yesterday I finally had some time to continue working with my new curricular unit which is a unit that challenges students to consider the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties, using Google Earth. I'm really excited about this unit because in addition to using Google Earth, students also have a chance to use Google 3D Warehouse and Google Sketch-up.

One of the most important themes that runs through this book is the distinction between… Continue

Using Blogs Effectively

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 11:14am 0 Comments

If I'm going to write that teachers need additional support, as I did here then it would probably make sense to offer this kind of support, to the extent that I am able.

Here's one suggestion on how a blog might be used effectively within teaching and learning. The educator, or for that matter a selected student, might post an engaging question as the actual blog post.

Lesson 1:… Continue

Teachers Aren't Getting Enough Support

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 1:22pm 0 Comments

In 1995, David Tyack and Larry Cuban published a book entitled,

Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform . In this book they argued that while numerous innovations had occurred within the American public school system during the Twentieth Century, most of these innovations had occurred around the… Continue

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At 6:30pm on April 12, 2009, James Edward Charles Webber said…
Andrew re :your recent Gaming post

At 11:30pm on April 3, 2009, Lisa Ma said…
thank you Andrew for your welcoming comment. It would be nice to consider myself technology literate however with how fast applications are coming online with Web2.0 there is alot to get my head around. Especially with thinking how to use this in the secondary classroom to engage students in some deep and mearningful learning. I am currently studying to become a secondary teacher. My hats off to those of you are already teaching and working to use technology in your lessons.
At 6:19pm on March 27, 2009, Catalina Salinas said…
Hello Andrew!

Thank you for the welcome and the comments. I also look forward to communicating here in Classroom 2.0.

The one thing I love the most about Monterrey is our mountains - we are surrounded by them :) I'll look for some good pics and upload.
At 8:37pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Andrew. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 7:34am on March 31, 2008, Drew Beatty said…
Hi Andrew,

If the work can be done remotely, and by a Canadian, I would be interested in hearing more about your project. I am an Educator in the TDSB, specializing in science and technology. I integrate several different social media tools into my curriculum.

Please feel free to contact me through my page if you think I would be suitable.


At 6:58am on March 31, 2008, Kathleen said…
Hi Andrew, I am interested in doing some work on 2.0 tools. I am in Chicago and I work in an elementary school that has experienced a technology explosion in the past year. I really enjoy being a pioneer and would love to help out.
At 8:07am on March 4, 2008, Meghan Connelly said…
Hi Andrew! I checked out your living textbook and I love it. It is exactly what students need today! I agree completely that you can't know what is going to be in it until the issues and topics develop! If you get a chance, check out my site at - it is a current events discussion website that gets students talking about international news. It seems that our ideas compliment each other!
At 1:08pm on February 15, 2008, Nancy Bosch said…
It is exciting, I teach in a special ed program for gifted students and have many of them for 4-5 years in a row while they are in elementary schools. I usually don't hear a word when they go to middle school but then they seek me out in high school or college. I've even heard from some of my "old" kids, like Julie, who are close to 30.
At 8:25pm on February 10, 2008, Kelley Irish said…
I think it is a great idea to offer it. So many people can't afford to go to MACUL this year as districts have cur back on funding!

I am planning on bringing my OLPC and seeing if there is anyone else out there with one. would love to try out the Mess network!

I won one of the Michigan Champions Grants so I will be staying at the Radison Thursday night with fellow teachers. Is there are pre-conference evening planned this year? That might be a great place for people to meet.
At 6:49pm on February 10, 2008, Rick Kulick said…
Hello Andy,

Yes, I went to UM and didn't want to leave Ann Arbor. I taught at Dexter High School, just west of Ann Arbor.

Is your company tied to a line of textbooks, or do you provide curriculum for entire subject categories? In other words, who do you service? Entire districts or particular subject areas?


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