Engineers Without Borders USA Global Engineer Professional Skills Certification. This trailer explains and demonstrates how the online curriculum works.
The first in a series of videos explaining the shifts in the world of content creation. Curation has exploded with the growth of Twitter, Tumblr and now Pinterest. from Percolate.
Beloved Buffalo Bob Smith (birth name Richard Schmidt) gives pitch for Hostess Twinkies on an episode of HOWDY DOODY.
This video from Disney Educational Productions tackles one of the most interesting elements of U.S. presidential elections – the Electoral College. Follow students Sarah and Joe as they learn about the history of the Electoral College, how it works today, and how it affected the outcome of the dramatic Bush vs. Gore 2000 election. Pros and cons of the Electoral College system are also covered.
Today, October 31st is Halloween. While many of us celebrate, do you know the origins of the holiday? I did some research and put together some resources.
Halloween dates back to the Celtic farming festival Samhain. As the crops died at the end of the harvest season, farmers believed there was a day when spirits could rise from their graves. During Samhain, people would dress in disguise to fool and ward off the spirits, and hope that their land would survive through the winter.
In the eighth century, Christians sought to transform the pagan holiday. Pope Gregory III declared Nov. 1 to be the feast of All Saints’ Day. The night before became known as All Hollow’s Eve.
Modern Halloween traditions and folklore first came to America in the 19th century with the influx of Irish immigrants. Carving turnips and turning them into lanterns was one of the Irish customs that honored the souls stuck in purgatory. Since pumpkins were easier to carve than turnips, this ritual adapted into jack-o-lanterns as All Hollow’s Eve celebrations took shape in America.
From the History Channel, a 3-part series on the History of Halloween:
History Channel The Real Story of Halloween Part 1 of 3
History Channel The Real Story of Halloween Part 2 of 3
History Channel The Real Story of Halloween Part 3 of 3