Grades7 to 12
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In the ClassroomShare these maps and information on your whiteboard during classroom discussions as a visual tool for students to understand the geographic location of events and use it to provide context for relationships between different events. As students study history, ask them to create interactive timelines using Timeline JS, reviewed here, which includes images, videos, and documents to detail events. Extend learning by asking groups of students to create presentations using different multimedia tools to provide an overall understanding of the content. For example, ask one group to create a timeline and another to create an interactive map using Zeemaps, reviewed here, and have another group use Adobe Express Free Video Maker, reviewed here, to create a video presentation.
In the ClassroomBookmark this site with ideas about learning about Ancient Rome by engaging students through literature. Some books and activities include links to lessons and teachers' guides that provide additional information and classroom support. Use Curipod, reviewed here to quickly create engaging lessons and activities related to your book studies. For example, Curipod can create slides with themes such as lesson hooks; what do you infer? and exit tickets; use any of these options to generate ideas for discussion questions based on the theme of any books shared in this article. Extend learning by asking students to compare a student's life in Ancient Rome to today's students. Use one of Canva's Venn Diagram Creator templates, reviewed here for students to share their findings.
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to save and easily access the many resources shared in this article for use when teaching ancient history or with lessons about ancient Egypt. Ask your media specialist to purchase the books discussed in this article for students to read during your teaching unit. Consider sharing a timeline with students to help them visualize and provide context for the period of the ancient Egyptian civilization, such as the one found in the World History Encyclopedia, reviewed here. Enhance learning by asking students to explore one of the topics shared in the article further and share their findings by creating interactive images created with Genially, reviewed here, or animated videos created with Moovly, reviewed here. Extend learning by inviting parents and friends to an Ancient Egypt event to share and discuss student-created projects.
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the resources in this article to introduce Ancient China to students of all ages. For example, when sharing YouTube videos with students, use Timelinely, reviewed here, to create an interactive learning experience by adding comments, highlighting important information, or linking to Google Map locations. Enhance instruction using Nearpod, reviewed here, to create and share interactive lessons available to use as live presentations or as flipped or blended learning activities. Finally, be sure to visit Nearpod's library to find several Ancient China presentations to use or modify to fit your needs.
In the ClassroomStart your unit on Ancient Greece with one of the Daily Life and Culture Activities, then proceed with one of the videos. When sharing the videos, use a tool like Vibby, , reviewed here, to highlight, annotate, and share parts of the videos for better understanding. Enhance learning by having students create a timeline adding to it as they go through the unit, to help students visualize and provide context for the period of the ancient Greece civilization.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomVisualizing data and creating maps just became easier for teachers and students. Help your students understand current events worldwide by creating a map and embedding it on your classroom website or learning management system. For example, use maps in science to track migration patterns, explore climates, or map weather events. Teachers of students aged 13+ years can have students create and edit maps in real-time from anywhere. Build upon your student's knowledge by adding layers to your maps to show new information. Teachers of younger students can create maps for student viewing to map a story or show animal habitats.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomUse this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, extend learning by asking students to share their learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.
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.
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
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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 Vizzio, 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.
tag(s): american revolution (81), asia (68), central america (15), ethics (22), greece (26), industrial revolution (20), north america (14), religions (71), renaissance (31), romans (33), south america (36)
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.
Grades9 to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark and save this list for use throughout the year with many different history lessons. Include these art activities to provide context and visual perspective to important events. Use a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an ongoing resource for students to use for review and as a guide for understanding history through a wider lens. For example, when using Padlet, choose the timeline feature and add a piece of art onto the timeline. Upload videos, text, and additional images to create an interactive timeline that tells a story through art. As a final project, ask students to share their learning using Sway, reviewed here, to write a reflective piece on the use of art throughout any period in time. Have students include student work, images, links, maps, and more in Sway projects.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): africa (134), asia (68), cold war (28), environment (231), europe (74), greeks (30), industrial revolution (20), migration (45), north america (14), population (45), religions (71), south america (36), world war 1 (64), world war 2 (141)
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.
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 Vizzio, reviewed here, and find the "layered timeline" to view information in chronological order that includes additional information such as text, images, and primary documents.
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 (206)
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 eStory, reviewed here, to tell the story of a state, country, or important changes over time.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): maps (206)
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.
Grades1 to 12
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The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest to reach students. When used properly, instructional simulations can empower student learning, helping students to set goals, seek feedback, and demonstrate what they have learned. Learn to choose simulations that model the relationships between concepts studied. In this session, we will discuss how to best use simulations in the classroom to increase student achievement, allow students to reflect on what they have learned, and transfer their knowledge to new problems and situations. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the value of using simulations in the classroom; 2. Explore instructional simulations; and 3. Plan for the use of simulations in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.