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Civil War 150 - Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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4 to 12
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Civil War 150 is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The site includes...more
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Civil War 150 is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The site includes online exhibits, videos, educational resources, and blog posts. Choose from any topics to explore links that include images, photographs, short essays, and also videos. Also available is a large series of lectures and podcasts given by historians on diverse topics such as Lincoln's Beard - Why Did He Grow It? and Stonewall Jackson, Portrait in a Minute. Some podcasts are in video and they range in length from 3 minutes to almost an hour and a half. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): 1800s (47), civil war (145), lincoln (86)

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Listen to podcasts in your classroom and view videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a Civil War soldier or important person from that time. Have students create timelines of Civil War events (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).
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Szoter - szoter.com

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K to 12
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version ...more
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version that runs on your desktop. Launch then choose from options to annotate such as load local image, capture camera image, make screenshot, or load image url. After your image loads, choose from editing options such as scaling image, drawing tools such as lines, arrows, and circles, and add text. When finished, save to your computer or publish and share to Twitter, Facebook, or copy the url provided.

tag(s): digital storytelling (155), images (276)

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Capture a screenshot of websites or software and annotate with directions for student use. Have students label and identify objects in an image. Label parts of a plant, continents, landforms, etc. Practice new words in a different language by asking students to label and identify objects in that language. Create a storyboard using several annotated images as a story starter. Art students can annotate images to point out design elements or annotate images of their own work to talk about the creative decisions they made. Share annotated Szoter images on your class website or blog to tell about a field trip or class event.

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Civil War 150 - History.com

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6 to 12
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 ...more
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 Civil War Topics," "Weapons of War," and many others. You will find a clickable infographics with facts and information about the Civil War. View several video clips, including Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech, Confederate Bomb Plot, Gettysburg Battle Strategy, and more. Find out what the experts think were the most important events, battles, and cultural components of the Civil War. View the most popular topics to find additional information on people, places, and events.
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tag(s): battles (18), civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), slavery (71)

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Mark this site as a Favorite for use during your Civil War unit. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Show students how to use information from infographics and cite correctly using the "cite this" button located with each infographic. This site is perfect for student exploration. Challenge them to come up with their own top 5 lists to compare to the experts' choices. Another idea: have students create a simple infographic sharing pertinent information about the Civil War using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Civil War Interactive Poster - TeachingHistory.org

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6 to 12
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The Civil War Interactive Poster uses historical images and primary source documents as an entry point for conversation about this period in American History. Click on any of the four...more
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The Civil War Interactive Poster uses historical images and primary source documents as an entry point for conversation about this period in American History. Click on any of the four quadrants to view items up close. Click on any asterisk within a quadrant for links to further image, related learning, and teaching resources. Each asterisk also contains a question to begin thoughtful conversations about the images.

tag(s): civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), lincoln (86), slavery (71)

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This site is perfect for students to emcee on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Open up each quadrant to view images and documents provided. Have students discuss their reactions and thoughts on each of the representations before clicking on the asterisk to find specific information. Use teaching resources provided to add context to Civil War lessons. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain information provided by one of the images. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of information from this interactive poster along with other information learned during your Civil War unit.

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Educurious - Avoiding the Road to Panem - Educurious

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8 to 12
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Would you like to use The Hunger Games to provoke your students into thinking about real world issues? Educurious has just the mini unit for you! Download the free PDF ...more
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Would you like to use The Hunger Games to provoke your students into thinking about real world issues? Educurious has just the mini unit for you! Download the free PDF titled "Avoiding the Path to Panem" and be on your way to creating the thinking citizens of tomorrow. In this one-to-two week project based unit, students will use primary sources, contact experts, and write a final informative essay about sustainability, poverty, racism, economics, or war. In the essay students are to recommend specific ways our country can avoid the post-apocalyptic world of The Hunger Games. The essay will be part of a "Glog" or another form of a public post, to represent their findings and recommendations visually. The unit includes three short videos about directing The Hunger Games movie, surviving high school, and writing. Not only does this unit support the Common Core State Standards, but also the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-S).

tag(s): essays (21), expository writing (44), novels (24), persuasive writing (56), politics (100), posters (38), reading strategies (47), social networking (110)

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You could use this unit with the entire class reading The Hunger Games, or, with some fine tuning of ideas and materials, possibly use it with other dystopian novels in literature circles. A couple that come to mind are The Giver and The Maze Runner. This unit suggests Glogster, but you can also use a program like Tackk, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here. They will do just about everything Glogster will do, and they have more free features.
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Freebook Sifter - FreebookSifter

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K to 12
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business &...more
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Children's eBooks, Fantasy, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Politics & Current Events, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Teens, Travel, and many others. At the time of this review, there were over 69,000 free eBooks listed on the site.

tag(s): book lists (132), independent reading (130)

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This site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.

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Mapping History - University of Oregon

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7 to 12
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Discover interactive and animated representations of historic events and time periods. Choose from American, European, Latin American, or African history. Within each of these choices...more
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Discover interactive and animated representations of historic events and time periods. Choose from American, European, Latin American, or African history. Within each of these choices is a list of modules. Each module provides information and interactive content such as timelines or maps that guide you through the specified time frame. The slider at the bottom of the map allows you to move in time.

tag(s): 1700s (26), 1800s (47), 1900s (36), africa (178), alaska (25), american revolution (88), central america (13), civil war (145), cold war (29), colonial america (108), colonization (17), explorers (65), great depression (25), greece (26), greeks (30), hawaii (7), industrialization (14), italy (16), maps (292), native americans (78), romans (35), slavery (71), south america (39), spain (9), war of 1812 (15), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (141)

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View modules together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide links to selected modules on your class webpage or blog. Use as one source for students to create their own maps. Using a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of any specific time period or event. With Mapskip students can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Go Social Studies Go! - Kenneth Udhe

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6 to 12
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography,...more
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography, and World Religions. Learn about nine different world religions. There are over ten different regions to explore (Middle East, Caribbean, Russia, China, and more). Topics of US History include slavery in America, political parties, various presidents, inventors, Jamestown, and more. There are also world history topics: Marco Polo, Ancient China, African Empires, Life in Nazi Germany, and many others. Choose any section to find booklets containing images, videos, text, and links to additional resources. Click on links within each section to view content. This site was written by a teacher for his students. The text and content maintain student interest and enjoyment using student-friendly language.
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tag(s): australia (35), china (67), civil war (145), continents (49), england (57), explorers (65), france (40), germany (28), italy (16), japan (61), martin luther king (38), native americans (78), north america (19), religions (67), renaissance (35), romans (35), rome (28), russia (38), south america (39), spain (9), washington (36), world war 1 (53)

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Bookmark this site for use in middle and high school Social Studies classes. Select content to view as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce the site to students and let them explore specific sections on their own. Share a link to the portion of the site desired through your class website or blog. Have students or student groups create online posters using Check This (reviewed here). This site is also a useful reference for students to "look up" a major historic event to better understand historical fiction or even movies. Make it available as a general reference link on your class web page.
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Awesome Stories - AwesomeStories

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4 to 12
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies...more
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created websites. The site includes documents, videos, audio clips and narrations. Topics range from the Women's Movement to Emperor Penguins to Abraham Lincoln to the Easter Story (through medieval/renaissance art) and much more. Search by biography, disaster, trials, flicks, history, philosophy, sports, or the arts. You can also search by lesson plans, narrations, slide shows, videos, images, audio clips, documentaries, and more! You can also take advantage of the Visual Vocabulary to learn vocabulary related to many of the stories and video clips available at this site.

tag(s): art history (72), artists (76), biographies (88), black history (62), civil rights (122), civil war (145), cross cultural understanding (117), disasters (39), earthquakes (50), easter (20), inventors and inventions (95), korea (15), lincoln (86), mars (42), movies (70), natural disasters (19), presidents (131), primary sources (90), resources (112), south africa (10), vocabulary (325), weather (195), womens suffrage (26)

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Use this rich site to support your social studies, history, science, language arts classroom and many others! There is a lot here to explore and many diverse topics. Use the Visual Vocabulary Builder to introduce your students to new vocabulary in a different way. Middle and high schoolers could use the movies to teach about character development and themes. The site includes several lesson plans that help you teach with current movies. Have your students use the site to find historical images to use in presentations. (Be sure to check the licensing on any image you use and cite it properly.) Project the video clips using an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce students to a unit of study. Challenge small groups of students to explore one of the topics presented at this site and share their "story" with the rest of the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Many texts on this site are also useful examples of informational texts for practice of Common Core standards.
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Chronicling America - National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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Search America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922. Use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information located within American newspapers published between 1690-present. The front...more
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Search America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922. Use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information located within American newspapers published between 1690-present. The front page contains images and links to newspaper topics for the current date 100 years ago. Click on links to view more from each paper, such as additional pages or other issues. Use the search bar to narrow newspaper searches by date, state, and keywords. View content in PDF or text format, or clip image to print or download to your computer. If you get stuck on the site, click the "Ask a Librarian" button for advice and help.

tag(s): 1800s (47), 1900s (36), journalism (55), news (265), newspapers (97), primary sources (90)

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Make history come alive in your classroom using newspapers, the perfect primary source. Enter dates from history and different locations to find local news stories and information. When studying events over an extended period of time, find resources from the beginning, middle, and end of that period to compare and contrast information from the local newspapers. Read the evolution of American popular opinion before and after Pearl Harbor, for example. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate or report events using Fotobabble, reviewed here. Challenge your students to use a site such as Capzles, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline of events as reported in various news sources.
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Fabulous resource for American History/Social Studies. Primary sources you can search. Wasn't able to get phrases to work, but individual words do. Frances, CT, Grades: 6 - 8

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Picture History - Picture History LLC

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4 to 12
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Picture History contains licensed digital images covering 200 years of American History. Search the site using the search box or browse by category, decade, photographer, or anniversary....more
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Picture History contains licensed digital images covering 200 years of American History. Search the site using the search box or browse by category, decade, photographer, or anniversary. Images include information on the subject, date (or approximate date), and image size. Additional topics include nature, life cycles, politics & government, science, health, medicine, and much more. Be aware that these are copyrighted images intended for SALE. This means that Fair Use does not apply because you would be taking away the owner's opportunity to earn income from this property. Register to download high resolution images without watermarks (this option requires a fee). You can send an "e-card" using an image. Click the envelope below the image to send.

tag(s): 1800s (47), 1900s (36), architecture (84), business (58), digital storytelling (155), images (276), life cycles (24), lincoln (86), medicine (70), politics (100), transportation (41)

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Bookmark and save this site to share during classroom lessons on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share with students as a place to explore to "get the picture" of various events in American History. Use the opportunity to explain why some sites charge for image downloads as a business venture and that taking them, even with a watermark, would be like "stealing." Have students send an e-card of an image to the entire class, written as a participant in the historic event. Use a whole-class email account to send and receive them.

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Crash Course - John and Hank Green

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6 to 12
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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.

Tip: to watch or share a video without the ads and clutter, use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here to watch the video ad-free!
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tag(s): animals (289), bacteria (30), bill of rights (29), body systems (58), chinese (50), constitution (83), declaration of independence (13), evolution (102), genetics (94), greeks (30), literature (276), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), nutrition (156), religions (67), rome (28), romeo and juliet (6), russia (38), shakespeare (132), water cycle (33)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.
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Literacy Design Collaborative - Literacy Design Collaborative

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K to 12
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The Literacy Design Collaborative supports the development of literacy through a series of templates for use with text when writing. There are also templates for other subjects. Most...more
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The Literacy Design Collaborative supports the development of literacy through a series of templates for use with text when writing. There are also templates for other subjects. Most templates address secondary levels; however, other offerings contain some elementary templates. Template tasks allow you to fill in the blank with learning skills addressed. When completed, you create and produce a high-quality assignment. Three collections are available by choosing the tasks link: the template task collection II, Common Core template tasks, and K-2 template tasks. Use links provided to view instructions and download templates in PDF format. Choose the modules link to view and download complete modules for instruction for English, Science, and Social Studies. Also available at the Literacy Design Collaborative is a series of videos demonstrating changing teacher practice and literacy. Most of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to school (or your meeting) "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): american revolution (88), animals (289), biodiversity (39), canada (30), careers (135), china (67), civil rights (122), cold war (29), ecosystems (89), energy (203), evolution (102), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), india (36), industrial revolution (25), lincoln (86), literacy (107), marine biology (33), photosynthesis (32), poetry (225), pollution (67), professional development (133), shakespeare (132)

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This site is an excellent resource for schools implementing Common Core Standards. Share this site during professional development sessions to view and learn how to use the templates and modules in the classroom. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard and have groups discuss afterwards. View videos from the site during these sessions to understand the framework behind the templates. Download templates and modules for use in your classroom for any content or use templates as a model for creating your own templates.
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Clouds Over Cuba - John F Kennedy Presidential Library

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7 to 12
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Recount the weeks leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive and immersive documentary. View a 25-minute documentary covering the crisis from its 1959...more
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Recount the weeks leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive and immersive documentary. View a 25-minute documentary covering the crisis from its 1959 beginnings when Castro overthrew Batista. Watch 40 minutes of expert interviews on 15 related topics. Don't miss the 10-minute "What If?" film that offers a feasible alternative scenario had the crisis escalated to nuclear war. Choose from links within the documentary to explore almost 200 photos, documents, archive films and audio files. The files include the entirety of JFK's secret ExComm recordings, primary sources revealing the secret discussions over 13 days that eventually led to the deal that ended the crisis. One interesting feature is the sync to mobile element. Click this feature to receive a pin to use on your mobile device allowing sync to location within the documentary and documents already accessed on your computer. The videos do NOT require Flash!

tag(s): 1960s (30), kennedy (27), primary sources (90)

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Explore this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a class. Allow students to explore the site on their own. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about one of the main participants of the crisis, or one of the daily events using the Newspaper Clipping Generator. Choose individual chapters to view using links provided instead of viewing the whole documentary if time is an issue. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of Cuban Missile Crisis events. Include audio "stories" and pictures as desired. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of JFK vs Castro or comparing the Cuban Missile Crisis to modern day events such as 9/11. This would be an outstanding inspiration for a History Day project.
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Voices of Youth - UNICEF

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6 to 12
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Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know more, learn more, and do more about our world. Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions ...more
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Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know more, learn more, and do more about our world. Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions with others around the world on global topics. Topics include poverty, education, human rights, health issues, and much more. Choose from links on the home page to find information on specific topics. Scroll through the page to read the latest posts. Click on tags at the bottom of each article to find related articles. Easily view the site in French or Spanish using links provided at the top of each page. Create your own posts or add comments after registration on the site -- with email or using a Facebook or Twitter account. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): dental health (23), disabilities (20), environment (321), hiv/aids (18), inequalities (27), mental health (26), school violence (12)

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This site is an excellent resource to bookmark and use throughout the year when discussing current events, specific countries or geographic areas, or for non-fiction reading. Find informational texts that matter to your students. Spark informational writing, as well. Allow students to browse the site to find interesting articles. Have students create magazine covers of information found on this site using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Challenge students to create a newspaper article using articles found on this site as a model using the Newspaper Clipping Generator. World language teachers will find this useful when viewing articles in French or Spanish to practice translation skills.
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Timelines.TV - Timelines.TV

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This British site marries the interactive timeline with the video clip to create a historical resource that has a strong visual impact. Although the focus is on British history, there...more
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This British site marries the interactive timeline with the video clip to create a historical resource that has a strong visual impact. Although the focus is on British history, there are also timelines focused on the American West, and the history of pandemic smallpox. A number of the British timelines have applications for the study of world history: Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, Women's Suffrage, and more. Access a timeline and then view short video clips designed to explain or enrich your understanding of events or trends along the line. There is a message board. At the time of this review, all content was appropriate. However, you may want to preview that area or advise your students to steer clear of the message boards.

tag(s): diseases (69), gold rush (19), great britain (18), industrial revolution (25), native americans (78), shakespeare (132), timelines (64), westward expansion (29), womens suffrage (26)

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Timeline.TV is tailor made for classrooms with interactive whiteboards (or projectors). The video clips generally run between five and ten minutes, so are a perfect reinforcement for classroom lecture or for outside reading. If you are running a "flipped" classroom, ask students to access the timelines at home, knowing that the presentations will help expand understanding of concepts to be discussed in class. There is also a mobile and tablet version of this resource. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own timelines on a topic not highlighted at this site. Use a tool such as Capzles (reviewed here).
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Welcome to The Dirksen Center's Editorial Cartoon Collection - The Dirksen Congressional Center

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5 to 12
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This archive of political cartoons focuses on those featuring Everett Dirksen, but in so doing, presents commentary on a large number of important political topics during the time period....more
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This archive of political cartoons focuses on those featuring Everett Dirksen, but in so doing, presents commentary on a large number of important political topics during the time period. Dirksen was a Republican Congressman and Senator from Illinois between 1933 and 1969. Both because he was a powerful politician (at one point the Senate Minority Leader) and a distinctive looking man, he was a favorite among political cartoonists of the time. We know that the analysis of political cartoons can be an effective teaching tool in that it requires a thorough understanding of the issues and context of that time period. This archive is searchable by date (beginning in 1950 and concluding with Dirksen's death in 1969) and by topic (including the Civil Rights Act, Vietnam, Nixon, Kennedy, Ford, nuclear testing, labor relations and foreign policy). There are lesson plans tied to a number of the cartoons.

tag(s): 1950s (12), 1960s (30), civil rights (122), comics and cartoons (71), media literacy (60)

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Applicable to nearly every political issue from the 1950s and 1960s, this archive will assist students in understanding these turbulent decades. Analyzing political cartoons helps students grasp the adversarial nature of politics and brings the debate alive. The cartoons can be enlarged for use on an interactive whiteboard as a catalyst for class discussion, distributed for small group discussion or debate, or used as a writing prompt for further study. There are lesson plans associated with many of the cartoons with ready-made discussion questions. Additionally, there are general suggestions for using political cartoons effectively in a classroom setting. Have students create an online or printed comic related to a current political topic. Use one of the tools and the ideas included in this collection.

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Historical Thinking Interactive Poster (Secondary) - National History Education Clearinghouse

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Learn to think like a historian. See how we know about the past by using this interactive poster. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of ...more
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Learn to think like a historian. See how we know about the past by using this interactive poster. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of the quadrants and click. More information, activities, and links will appear. Each of the quadrants also has additional teaching resources. On the far left column you will find links to "What Is Historical Thinking?" a video, "What are Primary Sources?" and "What are Secondary Sources?"

tag(s): civil rights (122), history day (24), infographics (44), primary sources (90)

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Use your projector or interactive whiteboard and teach your students how to think like a historian. There are some interesting links here for you and your students to investigate. For instance, there are links for exploring the modern civil rights movement, primary sources to look at diary entries from other time periods, examining lithographs, using and reading multiple perspectives, and several more. You may want to go through each quadrant with the entire class, or you might want to assign groups to become "specialists" in a quadrant and have them present it to your class. Challenge the groups to create presentations using Prezi (reviewed here).
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Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks - RichBlocksPoorBlocks

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7 to 12
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Use this tool to find the median household income of the US by each Census tract. Search by city or state. Or click the "little orange man" and drag him ...more
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Use this tool to find the median household income of the US by each Census tract. Search by city or state. Or click the "little orange man" and drag him to the location you want to view on the US map. You will be taken to "Street View" (see the street up close) to view the income for that exact block. Find the median income by color blocks.

tag(s): census (19), maps (292)

In the Classroom

Propose reasons for the differences in median income in a particular area or state. Research industry, agriculture, level of education, and other factors to determine the reasons. Investigate at the nearby ports and natural resources. Why do certain parts of the country have higher incomes and/or costs of living? How is income connected to education level? Students can identify patterns that exist among the data. They can form hypotheses about why. Create a campaign to bridge the wage gap by suggesting ideas to increase salaries in areas. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Teachers of gifted will find "rich" possibilities for discussion from this site.

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True Tube - TrueTube

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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial,...more
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial, this is a great set of resources for the introduction of difficult subjects to a class. Events that coordinate with videos are listed along the right side of the site. Choose from subjects along the top including Body and Health, Crime, Culture, and more. Many of the videos deal with worldwide issues from a non-U.S. point of view, offering a different perspective. Be sure to preview videos before you share. Some do deal with rather controversial topics. If necessary, check with your administration about the appropriate use of these videos before sharing withe the class OR sharing the link on your class website.

tag(s): architecture (84), digital citizenship (63), diseases (69), environment (321), media literacy (60), mental health (26), persuasive writing (56), poetry (225), religions (67), sexuality (14), social skills (21), writing prompts (94)

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Share specific videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use a video to introduce a debate topic or as a prompt for persuasive writing. As a media literacy exercise, ask students to find another video (perhaps on YouTube) that presents an opposing viewpoint on the same topic as one here. Then challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos on this or another controversial topic being discussed in class. Share the videos using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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