Peter Pappas

Peter Pappas

Peter Pappas is no stranger to public education. In addition to his twenty-five years as a high school social studies teacher, he served as an Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. Today working full-time as an educational blogger and trainer, Peter remains vital in providing instructional leadership to classroom teachers and administrators across the country. His popular blog, Copy/Paste features downloads of his instructional resources, projects and publications.

How do we evaluate the social costs and benefits of technological innovations?

New 21st century technologies and the emergence of a global economy have produced progress and poverty in contemporary America. In a similar fashion the industrial revolution of the late 19th century produced economic "winners and losers" as it transformed American society from a traditional agricultural economy to a modern industrial power.

This 18-page document-based question guides students through the historian's process with critical thinking questions based on Common Core skills. "Stop and think" prompts encourage a deep reading of many notables of the era - including Russell Conwell, Henry George, Andrew Carnegie and Stephen Crane. Engaging historic multimedia includes posters, 1908 Sears Catalogue, a gallery of photographs by Lewis Hine and one of Edison's early Vitascope films.

The multi-touch eBook is designed to foster reflection and offer students the chance to share their thinking in a variety of forms - including essays, infograms, image curation and social media postings.

Progress and Poverty in Industrial America - Peter Pappas

Travel back in time to the WWII American homefront. Experience first-hand how the government mobilized public support for the war through higher taxes, hard work and sacrifice. Contrast that era with our "homefront" experience today, when only our troops and their families have been asked to make sacrifices for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This book is rich with interactive widgets that showcase WWII media -  80 posters, 18 films, cartoons, radio broadcast, recording and sheet music and a dozen rarely-seen pamphlets - from Bugs Bunny selling bonds in blackface, to Burns and Allen joking on the radio about rationing, to posters claiming taking a sick day was treasonous.

It's your chance to be the historian as provocative questions guide you through the archives while building your critical thinking / Common Core skills. The book also provides web access to the public domain content so you can remix the historic documents into your own projects.

"Workers Win the War" is an enhanced, multi-touch book written by Peter Pappas, a well-known teacher, instructional designer and educational blogger.

Workers Win the War - Peter Pappas

Public persuasion or propaganda?

Step back in time and see how the American government coordinated a massive campaign to sell WWII to the US public. Immerse yourself in World War II era mass media - 43 historic posters, 13 rare films, plus numerous communiqués, photographs and recordings.

Was Washington's public relations blitz crafted to inform the public or manipulate them? Did it appeal to reason or emotions? Did it rely on facts or stereotypes?

Why We Fight is an enhanced, multi-touch book written by Peter Pappas, a well-known teacher, instructional designer and educational blogger.

Why We Fight - Peter Pappas

If you visit my Workshop page you'll see that for over 20 years I've offering on-site training and keynotes to scores of clients across the country. While I continue to travel doing live workshops, presentations and keynotes, I think there's a need for brief, inexpensive, and engaging web-based PD that can foster reflection and professional growth for administrators and faculty.

My webinars have live video/audio in both directions via WebEx. They include PowerPoint, plus frequent video clips to illustrate my point. You get a live video feed of me throughout the presentation.

To learn more about Peter Pappas Webinars, visit my personal website.