Friday, October 25, 2013

Comprehensive Guide to Online Education

For a comprehensive guide to Online Education make sure you check out my friend's article located here :

It is a long article but certainly worth taking the time to gather the information together.
Online Guide

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The arrival of the Europeans

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The arrival of the Europeans is covered on ITunes  US History I course
by Carla Falkner  This is a good iTunes resource with slides that can be watched on your computer It is 14 minutes long.

Columbus 2213 ch 1 13:54 8/12/2008
Carla Falkner
Northeast Mississippi Community College Course -
Group - Columbus 2213 ch 1 - Northeast Mississippi Community College > HIS 2213 - US History I - US History 1 > Columbus 2213 ch 1

Follow this by iTunes Parkland College Course  the settlement of Jamestown
the audio on this is difficult to hear so make sure you don't have too many distractions.

02 The Settlement of Jamestown 32:10 6/10/2010 Parkland College Parkland College Course - Group - 02 The Settlement of Jamestown - Parkland College > HIS 104: History of U.S. to 1877 > 02 The Settlement of Jamestown

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

New World and encounters in video

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History by nature is story telling, So far we've looked at texts dealing with native Americans arrival and dispersion across the land, We haven't really covered the landing of European explorers just yet but we should address in an enteraining video how Europeans arrived here:

Video one is New World encounters

Video Two is mapping initial encounters

We'll then revisit some of the text book over the next few days.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tendonitos or Kindle itos?

Tendonitos and a Kindle book.
Indeed the title of this post is more a description of my current state, As some of you know I enjoy technology that was state of the art around 1979, other items like Kindle and Nook aren't something I felt good about as I much prefer to have a book in my hand and mark pages. However when something is for nothing then it alters my perception.  This is College Credit for less after all!
My doctor  informs me that I have Tendonitos and need to rest my said limb to allow the rotar cuff to repair. So no more heavy books while reading. Just as well the first book I've got to look at is free and without pages it is a PDF document that was issued by the American government to educate us about our history.
click the link and download the book and then you'll have access to it while away from the internet,
Objective: To Understand generally percieved origins of peoples arriving in America from the earlist times along with native american culture the earliest arrival of Europeans, exploration, land claims , first English settlements, issues surrounding viability, differences between the colonies.
Further consideration or Questions that need to be answered as the come up in the exam regularly, there seems to be three different U.S History 1 exams within the CLEP system. No I won't tell you which questions you are going to get but generally certain issues come up again and again.
First Peoples:
What location is it thought that the first peoples to arrive in America migrated through?
Can you name the strait?  (Bering Sea land bridge known as Beringia)
What year did native peoples begin harvesting and storing corn squash and beans (8.000BC)
N.B Homeschoolers and those with particular views of pre-history
The aims of this blog are not to dismiss a young earth or the idea of creationism which some people teach.  These views appear to be a biblical worldview which I personally believe. However this is a test preparation page for a secular test in which certain idea's are graded for a score for secular college credit. Therefore what we believe the bible teaches and what the government want as a standard answer are two different things.  You are allowed to believe that the earth is 6,000 years old or of uncertain young age but remember that a secular exam is not going to give you a correct score for answering a question with an answer which the College Board deems incorrect.
I personally believe that a Yom is a single day so those of a religious nature or worldview shouldn't take offence when an old earth answer is expected for this exam.
What people group first lived in settlement in Arizona and built ball courts and Pyramid-like mounds and practised irrigation?( Hohokam 1st C A.D)
Who are the Adenans and what did they build what year did they live? Who displaced them?
(burial sites in specific shapes displaced by the Hopewellians)
When the Hopewellians disappeared , and the Temple mound culture arose what city had special mounds built there and practised human sacrifices and slavery?
(built by the Mississipians, Cahokia  had 30 meter mounds constructed)
Who built stone and adobe and stone Pueblos including a famous cliff palace of 200 rooms in Colorado . (Anasazi of Mesa Verde)
The Pueblo Bonito had 800 rooms in which NM river canyon?
 (Anasazi of Chaco Canyon)
With the arrival of the European's what was the estimated population of Native Americans on the Continent (between 2-18 million)
What did the Europeans bring with them that killed millions of native americans after their first encounters? (smallpox and other diseases)
What kind of writing did the native Americans produce?
How was history passed down from generation to generation?
Irish Legend has it that Saint Brendan sailed to the America's around the same time as certain others first recorded encountered the 'vinelands' which we now know as North America who were they and where did the travel from?
(The Norse Vikings had a settlement around 1001 A.D in Northern Newfoundland which was excavated in 1963)
 That will be good for a start.... let me know what you think in the comments box thanks

Saturday, August 25, 2012

1492 and the Ocean Blue!

Using Free resources to gain college Credit for less

Online Broadcasts of PBS programs

The latest exam takers responses seem to indicate that for pre-colonial America this video is worth watching a few times. click on the VOD icon within the text and a pop-up player will show you an introductory history of the early United States most names that appear in this video frequently appear in the CLEP History 1 exam so its worth getting used to some of the info in a different way. The presentation is about twenty six minutes long but enjoyable all the same.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Holding Fast to College Credit for Less

Getting a Grasp on American History

If you’re like me, your grasp on American History comes from PBS and watching documentaries online, so getting a clear focus on the two CLEP exams we’ll be doing and the higher level DSST Civil War and Reconstruction from an overview is achieved via daily history outputs by the US Library of Congress and The History Channel. The Library of Congress runs a Today in History page with detailed reading and links.

Digesting small amounts of history on a daily basis can build up your knowledge bit by bit.  To gain credit you’ll have to focus on the curriculum and be ready to answer the questions in the exam.  Approaching American History really requires an overview and the first stop on gaining an overview is Kahn Academy which contains a series of lectures that give an overview of American History in a number of minutes with diagrams included.

The Kahn Academy This link will take you to the page need and there are three basic overviews needed to cover the whole of American history starting with:

This overview provided by the Kahn Academy covers both US History I and US History II, but it provides an overview worth getting to know as it will become foundational in the development of broadening your knowledge. It also covers the Reconstruction period that is part of the Civil War and Reconstruction DSST exam.

Once you have completed the overview, you’ll have a decent grasp of the great section of American history that these courses cover.

In my next post, I'll cover a bit more of the US History I CLEP  and how I'm breaking it down into digestible potions so that I'll succeed in the process of earning College Credit for Less than it would cost at my local community college.