Colonial America... In Plain English!
Inspired by both Greg Kulowiec 's presentation at the MassCUE Conference in October, 2010, and Common Craft , I assigned a low-tech/high-tech project to my honors freshmen students as they learned about everyday life in the American colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. The essence of Common Craft videos on YouTube is to "help educators and influencers introduce complex subjects." Lee Lefever and the people at Common Craft are geniuses in the art of simplification in their "In Plain English" videos. They take processes and concepts, like the electoral college , that seem complicated at first and break them down so almost anyone could understand them within short 3 minute episodes. They use simple paper drawings and cut outs and move them around with their fingers on screen while narrating and explaining what the audience is seeing. So, I asked my students to do the same thing to explain the everyday lives of people living in colonial America in the 17