Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce this map to students as you begin your studies of medieval Africa. Allow them time to explore the map independently, then share ideas and questions created from their explorations. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather students' thoughts. For example, within one Jamboard, create frames (slides) for students to post questions, another for important information found, and another for comparisons between medieval Africa and contemporary Africa. Extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating maps made with Google My Maps, reviewed here. Use Google My Maps to create virtual field trips that feature links, images, and videos to tell the story of Africa.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomAdd this excellent site to your other resources for teaching about the continent of Africa. Consider using a curation tool such as Milanote, reviewed here, to organize your ideas and projects into one location. Add links, notes, images, and more onto one Milanote vision board to make it easy to find and view your resources and ideas. As you implement and teach lessons found on the site, ask students to share their learning using multimedia presentation tools such as Sway, reviewed here, and Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here. Find culturally appropriate images for student use at Fresh Folk, reviewed here, and Unsplash, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.
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In the ClassroomUse the ideas and resources found in this article to enhance your lessons on ancient civilizations or provide information for a new teaching unit. In addition to the suggestions already seen on the article, consider using technology tools to help students curate resources, organize information, and share their learning. Wakelet, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for curating resources into shareable collections. Use Wakelet individually or collaboratively when working on research projects. Use CirclyApp, reviewed here, as a graphic organizer to help students understand and compare the Mali Empire with other civilizations. CirclyApp is an excellent visual tool that includes several useful templates to compare and contrast information easily. As students prepare to share their learning, consider the options found at Genially, reviewed here, for students to create interactive presentations, infographics, charts, and more. Resources correlate to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), 1800s (61), 20th century (48), american revolution (74), civil war (128), colonial america (93), colonization (18), gettysburg (16), gettysburg address (13), native americans (85), OER (43), washington (23), westward expansion (36)
In the ClassroomThis site is an excellent addition to any middle or high school social studies curriculum. Bookmark this site to include with your other lesson resources. Use individual lessons to supplement your lessons through a new viewpoint since many of the tasks encourage students to think of history through the eyes of a traveler. Each lesson begins with a series of focus questions to keep in mind throughout the article. Engage students in learning and provide support for focusing on important information using Read Ahead, reviewed here. This handy tool lets you transform any text into a guided reading activity that highlights critical components of the text. As students collaborate on learning activities, enhance learning by using Notejoy, reviewed here, as a collaborative note-taking tool. Ask students to add the preview questions listed before the lesson and any other focus points, then share ideas and responses in Notejoy throughout the reading and discussions of the content. As a final learning extension, ask students to use Open-Ended History as a model for telling history through the eyes of a storyteller or from the perspective of one location. Use History in Motion, reviewed here, to create interactive timelines using animated maps. Include text descriptions, images, and videos as part of your interactive timelines.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have for any history teacher. First, bookmark the site for students to use as a multimedia encyclopedia and media resource. Then, include it with your other teaching resources to find engaging classroom lessons. Have students use the images on this site when creating presentations (using proper attribution, of course). Enhance student learning by having them use Genially, reviewed here, an excellent tool for students to use to create interactive and multimedia presentations. Have students add images to presentations, then create "hotspots" that link to outside resources such as videos, articles, or student-created texts.
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In the ClassroomShare WisdomMaps with students as a blended learning activity by allowing students to explore a shared map before discussing ideas together as a class. Provide a collaborative Google Jamboard, reviewed here, and ask students to add sticky notes with information discovered through their exploration. Consider either creating columns for information found and another for questions that need further exploration. Use the WisdomMaps found on this site as a model for students to create maps using MindMeister, reviewed here, that correlate with your current classroom curriculum.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): africa (140), asia (70), cold war (26), environment (220), europe (71), greeks (29), industrial revolution (20), migration (39), north america (14), population (46), religions (69), south america (36), world war 1 (65), world war 2 (138)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use in whole as your history curriculum or use parts of lessons to supplement your current instruction. Collaborate with your peers to modify and adjust information in these units to suit your needs. If using Microsoft Word, share your document with peers and add highlights and comments as you adjust the unit. If using the PDF version, use the tools found at SmallPDF, reviewed here, to annotate, merge with your current materials, or convert to another format. As you use this curriculum to view the world from a global perspective, use Google Earth, reviewed here, to create a collaborative project by adding markers to areas around the world to create virtual tours of historic events told through the lens of different locations and perspectives.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBlackPast is a must-have for any social studies classroom. Bookmark this resource to use when learning about Black history, African-American biographies, important events, and more. Consider creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to save different articles from BlackPast for students to easily access specific information. Use the shelf option to divide your Padlet into sections by date, topic, or events. Padlet also has a timeline feature when creating biographies or highlighting important dates within a specific time. Ask students to create blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, to share information learned from this site. As students prepare to "show what they know," modify their technology use by asking them to use Sway, reviewed here, as a presentation tool and include images, videos, and student writing to share their learning.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude links to videos found on this channel to help students understand the complicated family trees found throughout history. After watching the videos, ask students to use an organizational tool such as Genially, reviewed here, to diagram family trees for American Presidents, European Royalty, Asian Dynasties, or other ruling families. When finished, use a timeline creator such as History in Motion, reviewed here, to view information in chronological order that includes additional information such as text, images, and primary documents.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to racism and discrimination. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this site with students and allow them time to explore on their own. Encourage students to find and share interesting art and activities with their peers. Use Padlet, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for students to share items from this site. Ask them to include a link to a favorite portion, then add a comment on why they found it interesting. Include information from Arts & Culture when studying historical events to provide interest and perspective on that period. Have students use a map storytelling tool such as Google My Maps, reviewed here, to add information found on this site and others to tell the story of art around the world throughout history.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): maps (211)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site as a resource for you and your students to find maps from different periods around the world. Share maps with students using a bookmarking tool such as Raindrop.io, reviewed here. Links to maps found through this site are perfect for use when creating a historical timeline. Have students include links using History in Motion, reviewed here, to tell the story of a state, country, or important changes over time.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): maps (211)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use as a reference during any number of social studies lessons. Use the maps available from this website to provide information for settings found in literature. Ask students to compare and contrast old maps with current maps to include with a digital storytelling project created with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Have students create flyers in Adobe Express representing information from the past and then include them and other visuals to create a visual essay using the video creation tool within Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education.
Grades8 to 12
tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), 1800s (61), 1900s (56), 20th century (48), architecture (64), art history (80), artists (76), china (61), greece (25), medieval (29), photography (129), renaissance (32), romans (32)
In the ClassroomShare this site with art and history teachers to use for cross-curricular lessons and activities to enhance instruction. Use a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share ideas with students. For example, when teaching about 20th Century history, create a Padlet with a column that includes ideas from the 20th Century Photography collection, add a column with 20th Century fashion, and another column with links to music from the same time period. Use the information from your Padlet collection along with your current lessons to provide students with an overview of the culture of the time along with the historic information. Have students use a timeline creator such as Timeline JS, reviewed here, to provide a chronology of art incorporated with important dates in history. Ask another group of students to create interactive maps using Google My Maps, reviewed here, that include images, links, and videos to tell the story of art and history in different areas of the world.
Grades10 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse these excellent free course materials in a variety of ways. Share courses with students with specific career interests not covered by traditional curriculums such as aerospace or anthropology. Provide students the opportunity to participate in college-level learning experiences without risk by using materials found in the courses on the site. These courses are perfect for use with gifted students to offer them content at a level that challenges them. As students learn from the information found in the courses on this site, ask them to reflect and share their learning through a digital portfolio created with Pathbrite, reviewed here. Students can even include their digital portfolio as part of their college application process at many universities.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of this beautiful site to engage and interest your students in Ancient Egyptian history. Consider sharing it on your interactive whiteboard to view together as you introduce your unit on Ancient Egypt, then allow students time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out the text with detailed information on each location. If you have struggling readers or ESL/ELL students, share Text to Speech Reader, reviewed here, with them. Just copy and paste any text in the reader to hear it back in English or your choice of several other languages. Replace handing students a list of vocabulary words for your unit, by using WordSift, reviewed here, to review vocabulary. Copy and paste any text into WordSift to view a personalized word cloud, visualization, related images, and contextual sentences. Offer students the option to demonstrate an understanding of Ancient Egypt and modify their technology skills by creating a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Whether teaching and learning in your classroom or remotely you may want to use one of the following tools for students to report their learning. Use Google My Maps to include important places in Egypt along with images, video, and text explanations of events. When studying Ancient Egypt within a broader timeframe, ask students to use History in Motion, reviewed here, to create an animated timeline of any era in history or show a progression of events until modern times. History in Motion offers tools to create an animated timeline to share historical scenarios and bring history to life using maps, images, and primary source materials.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the Ancient History Encyclopedia as an activator before teaching any unit on ancient times to share the stories of any period instead of just learning dates. Share the period in time with your students and allow them to explore the site to find items of interest to share with others. Replace paper and pen by using an online bulletin board site like Pinside, reviewed here, and have students share their findings. As you move on through your lessons, extend learning by asking students to use an animated map-making tool like History in Motion, reviewed here, to tell the story of events from their chosen topic. History in Motion offers tools for using current or historical maps to create an animated path including text and uploads of source materials.
Grades6 to 10
tag(s): civil war (128), colonial america (93), concept mapping (16), debate (38), democracy (17), evaluating sources (13), greece (25), inquiry (23), maps (211), mexico (30), middle east (43), native americans (85)
In the ClassroomInstead of using paper documents, scan the included PDF or Word documents into Google Classroom or your school student/teacher platform to share and assign to students. Be sure to include mentor texts for student use. Enhance student learning by asking students to use highlighting and note-taking tools within their word document to provide documentation for their responses. Although this site includes many high-quality graphic organizers, create your own and using Diagramo, reviewed here, to personalize for your classroom use. Have students use a digital portfolio tool to share their investigations. PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, includes many resources for creating online portfolios and web pages. Consider sharing the activities found on this site with your peers as a model for redesigning lessons you already use in your classroom. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to collaborate and share ideas, activities, and resources as you work toward incorporating inquiry lessons into your classrooms.
Grades8 to 12
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