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"History In A Nutshell" - A New Series On Knowitall.org!
Last week featured the debut of Knowitall.org's newest series, called "History In A Nutshell." This series will address topics which are presently either scarce, or non-existent on Knowitall. These videos will be tied to the curriculum standards, with the help of ETV's curriculum specialists, Lisa Ray and Lewis Huffman. The name "History In A Nutshell" seemed to be a good, fitting name for the series, since the lengths of the videos will be ten minutes or less.
When the time came for me to create my own series for Knowitall, the first questions I asked myself were: “Where do we lack content?”, “What parts of history should we include in the future?” and “What are some interesting things in history people may not know about?” The thing about history is that many things happened, which shaped who we are in our present-day society. Take away any one of those things, and the world as we know it would be drastically different.”
Whenever I update Knowitall's Twitter feed, I do research to find historical events, which happened in each month of the year. The more I would dig to find things to post on Twitter, along with our monthly Factoid pages, the more I realized there are many things that we should have on Knowitall, but do not. The goal of this series is to plug up those holes, and explain those missing events in ways that pretty much anyone can understand. Of course, some historical events are pretty complicated, and may take more than one video to fully explain, so some historical events may be split into two or three parts, for example. This series is aimed to not only educate, but to entertain, as well. The series will also serve as that middle ground, balancing where we lack content with what teachers need the most.
The pilot episode covers World War I, while the next episode currently in production will talk about the 1918 Flu Pandemic in South Carolina. The “Spanish Flu” pandemic was one of the worst outbreaks of sickness in history, right up there alongside the Black Plague in Europe, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, and Malaria. The 1918 Pandemic affected everyone, and South Carolina was no exception. This strain of H1N1 influenza ended up taking more lives than World War I did!
Knowitall.org wants to open up the platform to teachers! We are currently taking suggestions for future episodes, to cover topics, which would be the most beneficial to lesson plans! If there are historical topics that anyone feels we should add to Knowitall, please let us know! We want to hear from you! Thank you!