New Media in the Classroom


Blogging:  Blogging is a creative way to share your experiences.

Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.

Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area – posting of video content online. Online teen boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online somewhere where someone else could see it.[*]



Social Networking:  55% of all teens (12-17) have created a personal profile on a social networking site, such as MySpace or Facebook




Photo and Video Sharing:  Sharing content-specific photos and video is an effective way of communicating with media-conscious students.


Nearly half (47%) of online teens have posted photos where others can see them, and 89% of those teens who post photos say that people comment on the images at least “some of the time.” Teens who post videos report a similarly large incidence of feedback, with nearly three quarters (72%) of video posters receiving comments on their videos.[†]






[*] Pew Internet/American Life Project: Writing, Technology and Teens 4/08.


[†] Pew Internet/American Life Project: Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview 10/07


Radiohead video

This is a YouTube clip of one of my favorite bands singing one of my favorite songs.  While I’m no longer a student teacher at Rex Putnam HS, I still intend to update this blog fairly regularly. 

Thank you!

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you all for your help and support.  It’s been an honor and a privilege being your student-teacher this term.  It breaks my heart that my student-teacher experience at Putnam has to end.  I genuinely looked forward to seeing you all in class every day.  There wasn’t a single day that I’ve regretted my choice to become a teacher, that’s entirely because of how welcome you’ve made me feel.  You’ve made my experience a real joy. 

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I first came to Putnam.  I’ve taken SO MANY classes and listened to SO MANY lectures about teaching, but nothing can prepare you for the first time you have to stand in front of a classroom.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for teachers like Mr. Alper who make it look so EASY.  Believe me, it’s not.  I’d like to thank Josh Alper for helping me.  I can never repay you for all of your help and encouragement.  Your advice and guidance has always been welcome, and it’s been a pleasure to teach in your classroom.  I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me.  Thank you.

Your friend,

Brad Wright


Here’s something cool for you to watch as thanks for all of your help.  BTW, it has NOTHING to do with Kennedy, Johnson, The Cold War, The Space Race, elections, primary sources, secondary sources, quizzes, assignments, campaign advertisements, education, or anything else constructive. 

It’s one of my favorite bands, they’re called Portishead.  This is a clip from a show they did in ’98 at the Roseland Theater in New York.

Ok, it’s a Primary Source, It’s unedited documentary footage. 

Thanks again!

JFK, Rice University Address

This is an excerpt from a speech that President Kennedy gave at Rice University in Houston, TX in September 1962.  In just 1 more month, the nation would be embroiled in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  In this speech, JFK states clearly why we were going to go to the moon.  It’s a 3 minute clip, and the style and amazing skill of JFK as an orator are simply amazing… Watch how he works the crowd. 

Space… The Final Frontier.

On Monday and Tuesday we’re headed to Space!  I’ve been threatening to do it for a couple of weeks now, but this time I’M serious!  We’re going to be covering the Space program this week.   The Apollo project,  along with the Manhattan Project are the two greatest scientific and engineering feats in the history of mankind.  A thousand years from now, people will still be talking about how man first left the confines of Earth and set out for the Solar System.  See you Tomorrow!

More Assignments!

We worked on the Johnson Inaugural Address. 

Johnson’s Inaugural Address

Here are the questions that followed up the Election Day! assignment on Thursday and Friday March 13 & 14.  Congratulations to Madame President Paula and El Presedente Reid. 

Election Day! Questions

This is the post-assessment I gave the class on Tuesday and Wednesday March 11 & 12.  I want to say that you guys ROCKED this test like a Hurricane!  Great job everybody!


Morning in America

This is a commercial from the 1984 Presidential election.  It belongs to Ronald Reagan.  Although we’re still in the 1960’s I showed this ad as part of our look at how political ads work on our subconscious.  Just look at the symbolism in this Ad!