Education Blog

Goodbye Boring PowerPoints: Multimedia in the Classroom
Last fall, I spent some time observing in a high school classroom on the North side of Chicago. During one of my visits, the teacher (aka “Mr. M”) led his class of energetic sophomores to the computer lab, a large room filled with sleek new monitors that definitely outshone the ones at my graduate university. The computer lab was familiar territory for these students, who frequently headed to the lab to complete various English assignments, such as typing up stories using vocabulary words or... Continue Reading >>
Online Research: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning
Every summer, the Chicago Humanities Festival presents the Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT) as part of our year-round, professional-development offerings for teachers. In 2010, we designed the two-day Institute to address issues that many teachers had raised with our staff during our informal discussions at Classics in Context, Festival events, and SIT 2009; namely, how to address the thorny world of online research. So many of you told us that you were looking for guidance in teaching good... Continue Reading >>