Classroom Technology

Bringing History to Life Through Online Ed.

By Katie Ash — November 11, 2010 1 min read

A few months ago, I interviewed Jim Kinsella, an online teacher who specializes in history and government, for this story, which talks about the transition from teaching in a face-to-face classroom to teaching online. Jim was one of the pioneers of online learning, jumping in nearly a decade ago and never looking back. Today, he teaches classes for Illinois Virtual School, Northwestern University, and Sevenstar Academy, a private Christian school in Cincinnati.

To accompany the story I wrote for Education Week, we sent a photographer out with Jim and one of his students, Sean Van Domelen, while they interviewed a World War II veteran named John Kline, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and last night, Jim skyped me to say that the interview has now been posted on YouTube in four parts, the first of which you can see below:

The interview continues in part two, part three, and part four.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I suggest you check out the interview. It won’t teach you how to stretch your IT budget or detail the educational benefits of the latest technologies, but I promise you’ll be thoroughly entertained, and who knows—maybe you will learn something.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.