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Understanding Sacrifice - American Battle Monuments Commission & Dept of Veterans Affairs

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Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find...more
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Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find Northern Europe and Mediterranean battle sites or learn about individual fallen heroes. Choose the Activities link to view lessons correlated to Common Core Standards for grades 6-12. Search options also allow you to find lessons by grade level or subject. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): battles (19), heroes (26), veterans (21), world war 2 (142)

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This site is a must-see for any teachers of World War II history. Take students beyond the information about battles to learn about individuals and their role and sacrifices. Be sure to take advantage of the extensive information included in each activity including assessments, lesson extensions, and adaptations. Have students choose one of the stories, then research the battle to learn more about the event's relationship to the war. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and battle locations to tell the story of fallen heroes. Ask local veterans to visit your classroom and share their stories with your class.

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Children and Youth in History - Center for History and New Media

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9 to 12
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources...more
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources by world regions take the time to read the introductory essay that includes strategies for using these items successfully. Be sure to take advantage of the well-developed teaching modules including lesson plans, teaching strategies, and more.

tag(s): africa (180), china (68), england (58), japan (62), slavery (72), south america (40)

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Save time with the ready-to-go, free resources found on this site during your studies of geography and cultures. Compare and contrast life in your area to those around the world. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, as they learn about children around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Immigrant Stories - Immigration History Research Center Univ of Minnesota

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Immigrant Stories is a collection of videos sharing personal and family immigration stories. Add your story to the collection by following posted instructions and video tutorials. View...more
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Immigrant Stories is a collection of videos sharing personal and family immigration stories. Add your story to the collection by following posted instructions and video tutorials. View all of the stories here. Each short video includes information about the participant and a downloadable transcript. Click on tags to find additional videos from participants discussing the same country or region.

tag(s): immigrants (21), immigration (58), migration (59)

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Have your ESL/ELL students share their stories here (with permission from parents) when doing a biography writing unit. Have all students search for stories of immigrants whose ethnic background resembles their own. Have each student choose one story to read about and share a quick multimedia project with the class, such as a simple online posters using PicLits, reviewed here. Ask students who have a relative who is an immigrant to interview them, and then use a tool such as the 3 Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare the experiences. This could be done using a story from the same country, or other countries. Use stories from this site as a writing prompt for a poem or digital story about an aspect of immigrant life, asking students to put themselves in the immigrant's shoes. For presentations of digital stories challenge students to use UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows narrating and adding text to a picture. For the advanced digital atudent and teacher challenge them to create their story as a game using Pencil Code Gym, reviewed here.
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Military History Now - NH Mallett

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Military History Now is dedicated to sharing the strange, off-beat, and lesser-known aspects of military history. Scroll through the site to find interesting stories of the military...more
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Military History Now is dedicated to sharing the strange, off-beat, and lesser-known aspects of military history. Scroll through the site to find interesting stories of the military from around the world, both recent and long ago. Recent posts include the story behind the famous "I Want You" poster featuring Uncle Sam and 10 Most Famous Battle Cries. Use the keyword search to find specific information, or click on related links in posts to find more information on a topic.
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tag(s): battles (19), famous people (21), veterans (21)

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Military History Now is an excellent addition to any history classroom. Share information from posts with students to add background information to any topic. Encourage students to browse the site on their own to find little-known facts to share with others. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share information learned.

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The Great Fire of London - Museum of London

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Learn all about The Great Fire of London that took place in 1666 through gameplay, a Minecraft experience, and an extensive website explaining events from several different perspectives....more
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Learn all about The Great Fire of London that took place in 1666 through gameplay, a Minecraft experience, and an extensive website explaining events from several different perspectives. The game unfolds through six chapters beginning with the fire through the last day and the beginning of rebuilding. The Minecraft experience offers players the ability to enter maps as they dig deeper into the experience of The Great Fire. Explore the website's interactive timeline to understand the unfurling of events while clicking on icons to learn more about specific circumstances and documents of the time. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): 1600s (14), england (58), fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (12), game based learning (113), gamification (75), great britain (18)

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This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard (or with a projector) to understand the background and impact of the Great Fire of London as well as what life was like in 1666. Include this as part of any study of this period of time in Europe. Share this site during fire prevention week as an example of how society has learned about the dangers of fire and adapted building safety throughout time. Allow students to explore the site independently or in small groups, then compare and contrast life in London then to modern life. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here, to share their findings. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report.

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Global Shakespeare Explorer - Expedia

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2016 was the 400th year since Shakespeare died. To help commemorate Shakespeare's life, Expedia put together this wonderful interactive map, Global Shakespeare Explorer. Easily explore...more
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2016 was the 400th year since Shakespeare died. To help commemorate Shakespeare's life, Expedia put together this wonderful interactive map, Global Shakespeare Explorer. Easily explore Shakespeare's legacy with this tool. Click His Life to see different biographical locations, click Plays to see the different settings for his plays, and click Legacy to see where to find events like festivals. Warn students NOT to click on Find A Hotel.
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tag(s): shakespeare (133)

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This resource would make a very good introduction to a unit about Shakespeare. Give students time to explore the map to build some background knowledge about Shakespeare. Alternatively, flip your classroom and share a link to the interactive map with students on your class website to view outside of class. Ask students to explore the map and decide on a topic that interests them to research. During the discussion in class about the items that interest students, use an online whiteboard like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!) to form small groups (or pairs) for researching the favorite topics. Students can continue to use Scrumblr to organize tasks and resources. Review the TeachersFirst Special Topics page for Shakespeare to see if there are resources for certain groups to use. As a culmination of this project, have students present what they learned about their Shakespeare topic using a tool like Ignite, reviewed here. With Ignite students can collaborate and work on the presentation in real-time.

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Google Earth VR - Google Earth

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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover ...more
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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover Dam. Move around with your cursor to see the 360-degree view, or watch as the preview takes you on tour. Be sure to click on the square icon near the bottom of each show to open up each virtual reality to a full-screen view.

tag(s): china (68), cultures (107), italian (34), mountains (15), renaissance (35), rome (28), virtual field trips (51)

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Immerse your students in your studies with a close-up, in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find the means to motivate your most reluctant learners. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use as a starting point for additional research. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global! For other virtual tours, try Listly Virtual Field Trips, reviewed here.

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What Jane Saw - The University of Texas at Austin/Janine Barchas

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6 to 12
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What Jane Saw is a digital recreation of London art gallery exhibitions from 1796 and 1813. Visit the galleries to view exhibits as the famous British author, Jane Austen, saw ...more
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What Jane Saw is a digital recreation of London art gallery exhibitions from 1796 and 1813. Visit the galleries to view exhibits as the famous British author, Jane Austen, saw them. After entering each exhibit, click on the paintings to learn more about the artist and the canvas. Be sure to click on the About WJS portion within each display to find out more about the creation of each gallery.

tag(s): art history (72), artists (76), authors (121), great britain (18), shakespeare (133)

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Use this site to compare and contrast the exhibits from different times - in 1796 as a Shakespeare exhibit, and in 1813 as a display to promote local artists. Consider opening this site in two different browser tabs making it easier to go back and forth to see differences in displays and artwork. Have students explore on their own to gain an understanding of art in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Include this site when reading works by Jane Austen to consider the influence of art and Shakespeare on her writings. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Poster My Wall, reviewed here, or Lucidpress, reviewed here, to compare artwork from the different displays.

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Full Steam Ahead - Brunel's ss Great Britain

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Learn the science and practical knowledge of ship building with this interactive based on one of Britain's most historic ships. Complete the interactive as an apprentice or master builder...more
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Learn the science and practical knowledge of ship building with this interactive based on one of Britain's most historic ships. Complete the interactive as an apprentice or master builder as you choose designs for different components of the ships including the hull, propellers, and engine. Download the apps for Apple and Android devices for use on any platform.

tag(s): 1800s (47), DAT device agnostic tool (170), engineering (127), STEM (151)

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Share Full Steam Ahead with students as part of any STEM lesson on engineering or sink and float. After using the interactive several times, have students create a simple infographic sharing their ship-building observations using Easel.ly, reviewed here. The original ship was launched in 1843, have students compare the structure to other ships of the time or as a contrast to modern ships.
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Chronas - Dietmar Aumann

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Chronas is an interactive timeline of world history. Move the timeline bar along the bottom of the map to view the world map as it appeared during that period. Click ...more
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Chronas is an interactive timeline of world history. Move the timeline bar along the bottom of the map to view the world map as it appeared during that period. Click on any country to see that nation's Wikipedia entry. Other map icons allow users to load images for the selected year and browse through data such as populations by religion and culture. Chronas includes many features buried in the maps and timelines, be sure to watch the short introductory video with an overview of the basic features. If your district blocks YouTube, this video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): 1600s (14), 1700s (29), 1800s (47), 1900s (36), explorers (65), maps (293), religions (67), timelines (64)

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Introduce Chronas on an interactive whiteboard and demonstrate how to use the timeline and find the many features available. Allow time for students to explore on their own. Use this site to reinforce your students' understanding of timelines. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a particular period or ruler. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Piktochart, reviewed here.

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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 Curriculum - AFS Intercultural Program

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7 to 12
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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 curriculum has 22 lesson plans, and examines the volunteer service of Americans, primarily during the period of U.S. neutrality...more
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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 curriculum has 22 lesson plans, and examines the volunteer service of Americans, primarily during the period of U.S. neutrality before entering the war. Each lesson has extensive resources and activities, including national and global standards, objectives, background essay, essential questions, instructions, activator or introduction, extension activity, assessments, teaching tips, student materials and handouts, plus links to maps, articles, websites, books, and videos. Lessons are primary-source-intensive with a wide variety of text types, promoting historical analysis skills and construction of knowledge. The topics include discussions of why people volunteer, what are humanitarian organizations, and what were women's roles in volunteer service in World War I as related to women's fight for equality. Also find how humanitarian relief efforts get organized and sustained and how young volunteers are involved in world affairs, historically and today, to explore. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is a partner to AFS Intercultural Program and helped develop this resource.

tag(s): europe (75), maps (293), primary sources (90), womens suffrage (26), world war 1 (53)

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Download individual lessons or the whole curriculum to be used offline. Engage students in an underlying theme or question, helping to bridge between past and present. Lessons are extensive and easy to adapt and use. Use handouts with a whole class, small group collaboration, or individual work. Be sure to download the Teacher Toolkit to take advantage of the extensive lesson resources. Use the Tips in each lesson to enhance your teaching experience, adapt activities to the global classroom, and find more activities and homework ideas. Visit the link to the Museum's companion exhibit, here, for more resources.

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The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive - USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

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At The Visual History Archive discover an online portal of 53,000 audio and video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of twentieth-century genocides. These are cataloged and indexed...more
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At The Visual History Archive discover an online portal of 53,000 audio and video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of twentieth-century genocides. These are cataloged and indexed with over 1,660 viewable at this URL. Besides the WWII Holocaust, other genocides covered are the Armenian Genocide during World War I, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, the Cambodian Genocide of the 1970s, and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The interviews, collected by volunteers, were conducted in 63 countries and 40 languages. To register and access the content click FAQs in the left margin and find Register/Login at the top right of that page. Search by genocide, experience groups, specific people, places, time periods and indexed terms. Save results in your account. Each item shows a streaming audio or video file, identifying data and an interactive map of the location. No transcripts are provided. Many of these videos are available on the YouTube Channel of the USC Shoah Foundation. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): 20th century (53), holocaust (39), interviews (17), jews (26), oral history (12), primary sources (90), world war 2 (142)

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The streaming audio and video interviews of first-person accounts makes this collection a powerful classroom experience using non-text primary sources. Show students the extensive searching capabilities, have students research a topic, person or place, preview and then summarize content. Study interactive maps of interviews and locations. During class time, show selected interviews to make history come alive or assign videos to watch for flipped or blended classrooms. Using the interviews as models, have students video or write up an interview with someone on the topic for a local history collection. Since registration is required, teachers will need to register and show students how to register if they are to do their own research.

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CyArk - CyArk & Partners

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CyArk offers an online library of cultural heritage sites using 3D and digital technology. One of their main goals is to provide a resource for saving representations before losing...more
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CyArk offers an online library of cultural heritage sites using 3D and digital technology. One of their main goals is to provide a resource for saving representations before losing them to the natural progression of time, disasters, or other unknown factors. View offerings by theme or project for 3D images, photographs, and in-depth information about the site. Within the theme link, use the timeline to view by period, or use the dropdown boxes to choose by culture or country. CyArk also includes many lesson plans based on principles used in creating the website.

tag(s): archeology (32), egypt (70), environment (321), erosion (16), graphic design (35), mayans (12), photography (162), romans (35), speech (94), virtual field trips (51)

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You and your students will love exploring the many areas from around the world on this fascinating site! Be sure to create a link on classroom computers and your class website for students to explore on their own. History and social studies teachers can partner with science and math teachers to present the lesson plans to students. Have students create a multimedia presentation of a cultural site using Voicethread, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing details found on CyArk. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Take a virtual field trip to any of CyArk's sites without leaving the comfort of your classroom!

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World Population History - Population Connection

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Watch the growth of human population from 1 CE through 2050 with this interactive map and timeline. A five-minute video provides an overview of population growth, use the drop-down...more
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Watch the growth of human population from 1 CE through 2050 with this interactive map and timeline. A five-minute video provides an overview of population growth, use the drop-down box to view the video in several different languages. Personalize your viewing experience to adjust features on the map with themes, overlays, and map dots. Click on the timeline below the map to view additional information about events throughout time. Choose the menu to find all the resources on this site, including several lesson plans.

tag(s): advanced placement (23), conservation (128), environment (321), population (62)

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Try using this website in science class during environmental science units on human population growth. Start the class by sharing this site on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) for students to see. Provide time for students to look at the material and to generate questions about it. Brainstorm not only questions but what students learned from it. Allow groups time to research the economic and social issues that have caused such a change in population and how people live. Challenge students to make a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here, about what they learned from the different time periods or themes. With Sway, you can have music, photos, videos, and even make it interactive.

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Spanish Christmas Food - Mama's Box

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Do you need new ideas for a Christmas Around the World celebration or a unit about Spain? Try some authentic Spanish dessert recipes for starters. The easy to follow directions ...more
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Do you need new ideas for a Christmas Around the World celebration or a unit about Spain? Try some authentic Spanish dessert recipes for starters. The easy to follow directions along with vibrant images offer interesting suggestions to liven up any event.
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tag(s): christmas (66), cooking (35), cross cultural understanding (117), cultures (107), spain (9)

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Ask parents to volunteer to cook and bring in items for celebrations. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to describe the different foods or ingredients. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops from their around the world food tasting! If teaching Spanish, have students rewrite recipes in Spanish.

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MetPublications - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Find five decades of the Metropolitan Museum of Art publications available for free download or online reading at this extensive public collection. Browse by keyword, date, title, or...more
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Find five decades of the Metropolitan Museum of Art publications available for free download or online reading at this extensive public collection. Browse by keyword, date, title, or topic as you choose from over 450 available titles. Choose your publication, and then follow the links for downloading in PDF, reading online, or other options. Not all titles have all options available.

tag(s): art history (72), artists (76)

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Share this site with your school's art teacher. Explore artwork from different time periods or places as part of social studies lessons. Encourage students to explore this site on their own to learn more about the various components of art. Have students create an annotated image of different pieces of art including text boxes, related links, and videos using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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PBS World Explorers - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about the journeys of 16 explorers with this series of videos from PBS Learning. This series covers early explorers of the globe as well as modern explorers of space ...more
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Learn about the journeys of 16 explorers with this series of videos from PBS Learning. This series covers early explorers of the globe as well as modern explorers of space such as Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. Choose any video to watch, download, and view national educational standards covered.

tag(s): columbus day (10), explorers (65), marco polo (5), space (217), video (274)

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Videos are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard, with a projector, or create a link on classroom computers for students to view on their own. Since the videos are only four to six minutes long, students could research the era of the explorer to see what else was happening in the world and create an infographic using Easel.ly, reviewed here, to share their findings. Have students create online movie posters to advertise the video they watched (individually, as partners, in small groups, or together as a class) using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, sharing each explorer's route. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Highbrow - Artem Zavyalov & Jane Limanskaya

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7 to 12
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Learn something new each day with Highbrow's unique course delivery system. Sign up for a course, then receive an email each day with a five to ten-minute lesson. Each course ...more
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Learn something new each day with Highbrow's unique course delivery system. Sign up for a course, then receive an email each day with a five to ten-minute lesson. Each course is completed in ten days making learning quick and easy! Choose from many different course options in subjects such as art, literature, and history. Highbrow only allows one course per user at a time to encourage complete focus on each topic. If you don't see what you like, choose the Create Course option and create your own learning experience using your expertise!

tag(s): 20th century (53), architecture (85), authors (121), business (58), differentiation (50), endangered species (39), equations (153), financial literacy (80), greeks (30), human body (126), inventors and inventions (95), logic (239), medicine (70), mental math (29), numbers (200), photography (162), poetry (224), psychology (65), short stories (24), surrealism (4), weather (194), women (92)

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Highbrow is perfect for differentiated learning. Allow students to choose their own topic and sign up for a course. When complete, choose another topic and start a new course. Have students create commercials for finished courses using Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a course after a unit of study as a final assessment. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for personal use.

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Mr. Moore's Classroom - Matt Moore

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9 to 12
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Mr. Moore's Classroom shares resources used in his social studies courses which include AP US History, Debate, and World History. Each content area includes a course syllabus, learning...more
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Mr. Moore's Classroom shares resources used in his social studies courses which include AP US History, Debate, and World History. Each content area includes a course syllabus, learning calendars, and information by unit. Some sections include more information and activities than others. Choose the Presentations link to find links to videos, Prezi presentations, and interactive games and simulations. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): 1700s (29), 1800s (47), 1900s (36), 20th century (53), advanced placement (23), american revolution (89), aztecs (8), civil rights (123), civil war (145), debate (45), industrial revolution (25), industrialization (14), speech (94), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (142)

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Bookmark and save Mr. Moore's Classroom as a supplement to your current social studies teaching materials. Find new ideas for Debate Team. Take advantage of the free materials and planning information offered on this site. Share this site with colleagues.

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Histography - Timeline of History - Matan Stauber

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8 to 12
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Histography is an interactive timeline spanning history from the beginning through 2015 (as of this review), pulling historical events from Wikipedia. Drag the bar across the timeline...more
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Histography is an interactive timeline spanning history from the beginning through 2015 (as of this review), pulling historical events from Wikipedia. Drag the bar across the timeline to any point in history to view stacks of dots representing events. Click any dot to view the event and then go to the link on Wikipedia, if desired. Use the left sidebar to view specific topics such as music or politics throughout history. Be sure to take some time to explore this site by clicking around to find other options such as "Feeling Lucky" or to expand your view using slider bars at the bottom of the graph.

tag(s): timelines (64)

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Explore different time periods together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Discover different events included on similar dates to help students understand an overall view of events during any period. Share with students as a resource for finding information and events to include with multimedia projects for any event such as the American Revolution, the Iron Age, or events leading up to World Wars.

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