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Genealogy of the Kings & Queens of Europe

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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs ...more
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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs

tag(s): britain (35)

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Although it is a little text-heavy, this website is a great way to relay the inter-connectivity between early British monarchs and Christianity. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the early monarchs and religion. To direct students, we recommend using a graphic organizer to help them focus in on what are the most important parts of the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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British History Encyclopedia

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A slightly quirky British resource which provides basic information on people and events in British history. We found lots of details on the lives of monarchs and prime ministers, but...more
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A slightly quirky British resource which provides basic information on people and events in British history. We found lots of details on the lives of monarchs and prime ministers, but not a lot of summary information to put it all in context. Good site for details that other overviews might not include.

tag(s): biographies (91), britain (35), england (56)

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Use this site as a point of reference when studying British history. Some of the information isn't cited or verifiable, but it is in depth and seemingly accurate. Use it for further research or to refer to students who are working on research projects or paper!

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Britannia - British History on the Web

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This is a commercial British site which offers an extensive collection of British historical reference materials, including biographies of monarchs and prime ministers, dates, and background...more
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This is a commercial British site which offers an extensive collection of British historical reference materials, including biographies of monarchs and prime ministers, dates, and background information on historical events. This is a great reference source for term papers and other uses.

tag(s): britain (35), england (56)

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Use the primary sources on this site to supplement both class and lecture when studying an aspect of British History. Teachers can either print the documents out OR share them on the interactive whiteboard! (save trees!)

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The Battle of Hastings

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This extensive site provides a wealth of detail on the Battle of Hastings in 1066, including military, political, and social background on medieval Europe. Great resource for studies...more
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This extensive site provides a wealth of detail on the Battle of Hastings in 1066, including military, political, and social background on medieval Europe. Great resource for studies of the Norman Conquest, the evolution of English law, or a multidisciplinary look at the middle ages. Privately published.

tag(s): england (56)

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Use the timelines from this site on the interactive whiteboard to guide your class through a lecture on the Battle of Hastings. There are also a ton of images and maps that could supplement a PowerPoint lecture too. This would be a great resource for a British or World History class.

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Samples of Greetings in Russian

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This is a simple site that has recorded greetings and farewells in Russian, along with the various translations in English. The phrases are set up in chart form, which include ...more
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This is a simple site that has recorded greetings and farewells in Russian, along with the various translations in English. The phrases are set up in chart form, which include a column that comments on whether the phrase is formal, informal, and other helpful tips. An easy way to get an idea of the Russian language if you haven't heard it.

tag(s): russian (29)

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Use this site as a quick learning center during a unit on Russian Politics or history. Students can use the phrases in speaking or within a graphic organizer. Teachers of the Russian language could also print this to help students review the basic language concepts.

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Moscow Online

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This site, developed in part by the Moscow tourism bureau, offers a glimpse of some of the city's most famous landmarks, and a very complete section on the Kremlin. There ...more
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This site, developed in part by the Moscow tourism bureau, offers a glimpse of some of the city's most famous landmarks, and a very complete section on the Kremlin. There are also sections dealing with life in the city and cultural events. This could be useful for cultural or historical research.

tag(s): russia (37)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore it in cooperative learning groups on classroom computers. Have students use this site as a jump off point before creating their own travel brochure of what they think are the most important sites in Russia. To make it a review activity, have students incorporate the historical significance of each of the places they choose. This would be useful in a world history classroom.

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The Kremlin - A Historical Tour

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This site offers a tour of the seat of Russia's government, once a sixteenth century fortress. There are extensive photos of the buildings inside the Kremlin, along with short narrative...more
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This site offers a tour of the seat of Russia's government, once a sixteenth century fortress. There are extensive photos of the buildings inside the Kremlin, along with short narrative explaining the role they have played in Russia's history over the past 400 years.

tag(s): russia (37)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station during a unit on Russia's political evolution over the past centuries. The content stretches well before the last century, but in a way that shows the changes that were made recently and why they are significant. An activity like this will probably work best with a graphic organizer - for help making one, we recommend a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Empire that was Russia - Library of Congress

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This is a truly extraordinary collection of images of Russia during the period 1900-1915. The photographer's techniques enabled the Library of Congress to recreate high quality, full-color...more
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This is a truly extraordinary collection of images of Russia during the period 1900-1915. The photographer's techniques enabled the Library of Congress to recreate high quality, full-color images of 100 year old scenes that look as though they were taken yesterday. Though the site has a wealth of technical information, the images themselves will be most useful. The site includes numerous buildings that were destroyed during the Russian revolution of 1917.

tag(s): photography (161), russia (37)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom. Select 3-5 of the more powerful and descriptive images, placing them on separate PowerPoint slides. Share the slides on the interactive whiteboard, allowing students to view each image for 30-45 seconds each. During that time period students should jot down what they can observe, infer and predict about each image. After the class has gone through all the slides, have a class discussion based on student's notes. This is a great way to review a unit on Russia, allowing students to apply their knowledge from the previous classes.

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Voyages of Discovery

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The London Museum of Natural History created this site to chronicle the voyage of Captain Cook, who was the first European to bring natural scientists to Australia. Learn what they...more
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The London Museum of Natural History created this site to chronicle the voyage of Captain Cook, who was the first European to bring natural scientists to Australia. Learn what they found and how they documented their work.

tag(s): australia (34), explorers (65)

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Use the site as an activator for a unit on Charles Darwin and the theory of Evolution he eventually published and made famous. The images, maps and quick bio would work well on the interactive whiteboard to serve as a guide for a lecture OR would be a great learning center or station. Save this site as a favorite and use it in your own classroom!

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Picture Australia

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An on-line resource for maps and images of Australia. ...more
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An on-line resource for maps and images of Australia.

tag(s): australia (34), maps (293)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of a famous event or person that occurred in Australia. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Australian Story

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he Australian Broadcasting Corporation offers this series of profiles of Australian citizens. The profiles change frequently, and there's also an archive of past profiles. Here's a...more
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he Australian Broadcasting Corporation offers this series of profiles of Australian citizens. The profiles change frequently, and there's also an archive of past profiles. Here's a chance to see some personalities the Australians consider interesting.

tag(s): australia (34)

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Use this site to expand student knowledge about current events in another corner of the world. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Documenting a Democracy

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The Australian government prepared this site to commemorate the centennial of confederation, celebrated in 2001. It contains a large collection of facts, images and information about...more
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The Australian government prepared this site to commemorate the centennial of confederation, celebrated in 2001. It contains a large collection of facts, images and information about the country that hosted the 2000 Olympics. There are also detailed maps and a timeline.

tag(s): australia (34), olympics (49)

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Use this site to research and learn more about the "land down under." Assign different regions to groups of students to investigate. Each region includes pictures and information. Have students create a mini-research multimedia project to share with the class.

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The Japanese-American Historical Society

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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on ...more
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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on the experiences of Japanese Americans during the war, as well as other resources highlighting the accomplishments of Japanese Americans and their efforts to preserve their ethnic heritage.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (44), world war 2 (142)

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Maps Of Africa

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Special features: great database of African maps. This site offers many different maps on African countries ...anything from vegetation to political (many political). There is also...more
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Special features: great database of African maps. This site offers many different maps on African countries ...anything from vegetation to political (many political). There is also a range in years; some maps date back as far as 1975. This site may be useful if you're looking for specific detail (agriculture in 1994); however, the map files are large and may take a while to download.

tag(s): africa (175), maps (293)

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These maps would be an excellent addition to any civics or world history class. During a unit on Africa, open one of these maps on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Keep the map up during lecture so students can understand the location of events geographically. Geography of Africa is often ignored in schools, so it would certainly be useful to have the map open as a point of reference for students.

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African Voices

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The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but...more
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The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but the African history time-line is the most useful instructional component. It shows African influences in Spain, the New World, and many other places. We hope the content for these sections will expand over time. Still, this is a very useful resource for explaining the evolution and spread of African cultural elements.

tag(s): africa (175), spain (8)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit about the slave trade in Africa or as review. The timeline begins in the 1400's with the Portuguese, and extends until the mid 1800's. What is nice about the timeline is that to access the additional information, you have to click on the specific event. Which means that before you access the event, you can test student knowledge before checking the answer in the background. This would be a great quick review tool at the end of a lesson right before students are about to leave your classroom.

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Africam

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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, ...more
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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, and the speed of your connection will certainly affect the performance, but you can find great images here.

tag(s): africa (175), webcams (7)

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This is an excellent site to supplement a unit on Africa specifically, or one that is focused on different environments over the world. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students look at in pairs or cooperative learning groups. Use the site to show kids how different the African country-side is from their own. Because one can not predict when or where animals will appear, it is probably best to have students check periodically through the day or classroom period. Have students observe the camera-view, and write a comparative piece on the differences between the region shown and their own. Post pictures of the site and students work to display around the classroom during the unit!

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Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently. ...more
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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently.

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Use this site as part of a current affairs project within a history or government class. Have students compare the articles they read here with articles from US papers on similar subjects. Have students compare and contrast the articles by bias, coverage, information and focus via research project OR short in class assignment. If using the activity in class, have students compare the two perspectives via Venn Diagram on classroom computers or the Interactive whiteboard. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Middle East Information Network

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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources....more
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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources. The site does a reasonable job of remaining balanced in presenting a region in which almost everything has political overtones.

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Teachers may find the description of Islam particularly useful.

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The Roman Empire

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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of ...more
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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of its content, which makes it a great starting point for on-line research.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27)

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Although there may not be any current updates on this site, there is a lot of background information that could help students who need catching up do so without being singled out. Use the site as a learning center or station, clearly defining which part students should focus on. Based on what they read, have students create timelines of topics such as political rulers, battles, colonization efforts, factors leading to the fall of Rome, etc. Have students use a tool such as Timeglider, reviewed here. This would be great for a World History course.

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