Crusades hosted by Terry Jones (Monty Python) is a 1995 British television series, which examined European Christians’ efforts to take Jerusalem and other cities in the Holy Land from the Muslim Turks. In four episodes, Jones provides a basic understanding of the motivations both European Christians and the Muslim Turks. Its use of dark humor to deal with many of the unpleasant episodes of the Crusades makes the series useful in the classroom. Jones brings all his skills to the presentation of the series: trained historian, writer; comedian all can be seen in his presentation. Additionally, he holds the students attention. Below is the list of links to the programs in the series.
One of my favorite series, it is my go to program on this topic. As a historian myself, I fully understand that the historiography of any event needs to be examined from as many aspects as possible in order to obtain complete understanding of it.
Some two years ago, I wrote a post about Microsoft discontinuing development of what was then OneNote 2016 in favor of OneNote for Windows 10. That announcement went over like a lead balloon, and since then Microsoft has stated that it will continue development of what is now called OneNote side by side with OneNote for Windows 10.
I recently took another look at OneNote for Windows 10 to see what updates, if any, had been made. I found that the only one stand out for me was immersive reader; it is the only reason I have OneNote for Windows 10 on my machine, but I rarely if ever use it. It is likely because of my workflow and when I choose to do my proofreading. Nevertheless, immersive reader is a worthwhile and important tool which I hope comes to OneNote.
Not much has been added to OneNote for Windows 10 except immersive reader, and when compared to what is missing it’s not enough to make OneNote for Windows 10 daily note-taking program. As demonstrated in the video while embedded files can now be edited if they’re embedded using OneNote for Windows 10 they cannot be viewed and either iOS or Android versions of OneNote. Additionally, there is still no ability just save notebooks to the hard drive. Finally, there is still no ability to create and use page templates.
This week I discovered that PowerPoint has the capability to record presentations as videos that can be uploaded to YouTube or any website. This capability provides the opportunity for me to actually give the lectures I write. Below are examples of this capability. However, they are not the best from a performance standpoint; but the information is accurate.
Yesterday, I decided to install Windows 10 2004; chiefly because I couldn’t put it off any longer. Both my machines were ready for it and it was being offered through Windows Update. My laptop, the machine I rely on the most, is an Acer Core i5 with 16 GBs of RAM. I started the process at 8:24 a.m. yesterday morning and my machine was ready to use at 12:41 yesterday afternoon. Over four hours was taken up by the installation of this feature update. Nothing went wrong, I didn’t have to look up anything on the internet; the process just took that long. To find out what was new I had to go to thurrott.com and read Paul’s article, for the improvements were not obvious. While, the new search feature is nice and it is also nice to be able to name virtual desktops, and there are improvements to the your phone application; which I cannot get to work on my Galaxy Note 9. I do not think that these improvements were worth four hours of my time.
I put the time and the percentage of the process complete into a spreadsheet, which is below. In addition to the data, I also made charts.
It has been some time since I updated the Change Log for keegan.wiki. Here are updates from July 2019-August 2020.
Added link to blog post about Nixon impeachment coverage to Watergate page.
Completed update of Copyright of all pages that make up the site. I have to do for each individual page because I’m using free editors and the update feature in the templates for Dreamweaver and other editors never really work that well.
Put site files and folders on GitHub as backup. The Repository is private.
Added Dred Scott book chapter to Antebellum America page. Additionally, corrected mistake in CSS added missing UL tag.
Added Hitler’s Legions in America article link to World War II page. Additionally, I updated link to Stalag 17 web page in both the lesson plan and the web activity.
Background is now visible on United States vs. Burr page. There was an extra bracket on the style sheet before the body style, which kept the background from this displaying.
I have begun the construction of web pages for the unit on the 1950s. All the webpages will go in the 1950s directory.
Need to put main image in figure tag as a background so I can have 1 image size for phone and 1 image size for desktop. Check Ella Baker CSS.
(1) Updated Copyright year on all templates. (2) Added Office Icon 2018 to images folder. (3) Added 1950s unit folder to site. It contains project files except for CSS.
(1) Completed the design and layout of the 1950s index page. (2) Moved DuckandCover.css to a folder inside the 1950s directory. (3) Create a new image for viewing on mobile screens.
Completed first lecture page. Could not embed presentation because that requires people to sign in the SharePoint, which defeats the purpose of the entire website. I will use the main image from each section and link to the presentation.
I suppose what follows is a journal or a log. It is by no means complete. It covers July 2019-August 2020. It starts two years after I started the project. The project took a detour in July-August 2017, when I discovered that I did not know enough about McCarthyism to include it in the lecture; so I researched and wrote an article, which was published in 2018. Then, life happened and the project had to be put on the back burner. Notes begin near the end of July 2019 and end in the beginning of August 2020 when the creation of all the content was completed, and work switched to preparation for publication.
I completed the Consumer Culture section of the lecture. I need to move on to the suburbs and the changing population of the American city. Then, the major events that occurred in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s.
Work continues on the Civil Rights section of the lecture. I am taking notes from the American Pageant Chapter 38.
I have completed notes on the NAACP’s court efforts. Next I will explain the Little Rock crisis of 1957. Then, I will move on to Rosa Parks and the Alabama Bus Boycott of 1955 and the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership conference (SCLC).
I decided not to include the SCLC in the lecture for reasons of space and time. Space, the lecture was getting too long, and time; although formed in 1957 most of the group’s activities took place in 1960s.
I have almost completed first subsection of the Civil Rights portion of my lecture. Brown v. Board of Education (1954). I still need to explain Brown II and with all deliberate speed. Additionally, in April, I added the section on the Cold War.
Created a 1950s folder in soc Document Archive directory. It contains all the files that where in Duck and Cover sources. The 1950s folder will be used from now on as I continue to work on the unit. Additionally, I have completed the PowerPoint lecture. The only remaining slides or works cited and publication information. Furthermore I have decided to split the presentation into several smaller parts.
I have completed the last two slides of the lecture. I have divided it into four files, and made PDF handouts. Additionally, I have created links to each file and embed code for the web page, and I have started putting the research and opinion questions into worksheet form.
I have completed the research and opinion questions, and I have created a question sheet for the Point of Order video; and the Eisenhower video on his reasons for sending the 101st Airborne to Little Rock. I have also sourced The Great Black Migration reading from Chapter 38. I still need to make questions for it.
I have completed all the content for the 1950s unit. I’m moving on to construct the webpages.