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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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BLVRD - Art. Virtually. Anywhere. - Robert Hamwee and Elizabeth L Reede

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BLVRD offers virtual field trips and access to the world's best-known art collections and cultural sites. View this site on any platform or with Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus ...more
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BLVRD offers virtual field trips and access to the world's best-known art collections and cultural sites. View this site on any platform or with Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift for a virtual reality experience. Select from the different museum and cultural topic options to begin your experience. Created in Great Britain, most content on this site features archives from British museums although there are a couple of American museums featured. Find curriculum ideas, timelines, and additional resources at the Educate link located on the top of the page.

tag(s): art history (78), artists (78), england (56), great britain (19), museums (52), virtual field trips (54)

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Take a "window walk" together with your students as you explore the large variety of art found on this site. Use a tool such as WordClouds, reviewed here, to create and share word maps with features of art found in the different museums. Use this site to begin your exploration of different time periods in British history. Have students create an animated timeline including images and videos to share art from around the world during the same time frame or to demonstrate British art throughout the years. Use a timeline tool such as History in Motion, reviewed here, that allows users to create interactive timelines.

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Smarthistory - Khan Academy Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

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Smarthistory is a collection of videos and essays for the study of art and cultural heritage from the Paleolithic period to the present time. Explore the different topics on the ...more
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Smarthistory is a collection of videos and essays for the study of art and cultural heritage from the Paleolithic period to the present time. Explore the different topics on the home page including a brief history of western culture, learn the difference between art and crafts, and a short history of religion in art. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): africa (169), art history (78), asia (72), continents (50), cross cultural understanding (122), cultures (105), europe (74), north america (19), paleontology (42), religions (67), south africa (12)

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Share this site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own or in groups. Have small groups divide up the topics to investigate. Then have students with the same topic meet together to become the expert on that topic (in cooperative learning, this is known as Jigsaw). Have each student in the Jigsaw group create an Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, where they can make digital notes with lines, text, or shapes. Once they form back into their original small group they can report what they learned to the other group members. Instruct students to collaborate using a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create and label a map with information found on Smarthistory and additional research. With Click2Map students can include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos! Challenge students or groups to make a multimedia presentation sharing the art and heritage of different countries using a tool like Visme, reviewed here, where students can choose the type of interactive presentation they would like to present.

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The Library of Congress Flickr Albums - Library of Congress

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Stroll through time with the many Flickr photo albums containing images provided by the Library of Congress. Sorted by topics, pictures include subjects such as Civil War Faces and...more
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Stroll through time with the many Flickr photo albums containing images provided by the Library of Congress. Sorted by topics, pictures include subjects such as Civil War Faces and Baseball Americana. Choose any album for a first-hand look at America's past.

tag(s): 1900s (36), aeronautics (14), baseball (37), bridges (10), civil rights (120), civil war (143), gettysburg (26), images (271), jazz (15), lincoln (85), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the many photographs included on this site for use as primary sources for lessons on American History. The site's settings allow for sharing and download of images. When sharing, be sure to follow guidelines for correct attribution of sources. Use any album from the site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create an annotated image telling the story of the time including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.

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Timeline Eons - Maani.us

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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years...more
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years in the future. Scroll left or right to move through developments on the timeline or set the timeline to run automatically. Zoom in to view events or use the search feature to find specific events. Many events feature an illustration or photograph; others include a short video. When viewing on a computer, choose the link with three dots on the upper-left side of the screen to see information on the timeline's features.

tag(s): climate change (69), conservation (130), DAT device agnostic tool (177), geologic time (10), space (221), timelines (60)

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Have students explore the timeline on their own, then research and share information on any given period of time. Encourage students to view future predictions on the timeline as a research project to find the basis of the predictions. Have students create a simple interactive infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here .

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Imperial War Museums - IWM

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The Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in the United Kingdom with a focus on conflicts from World War I through current times. The War and Conflict ...more
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The Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in the United Kingdom with a focus on conflicts from World War I through current times. The War and Conflict portion of the site contains many resources for teaching and learning about wars through quick reads, photo, and video stories. Choose any war to browse through information and images. Be sure to check out the Learning Resources that includes teaching suggestions and PowerPoint downloads. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): afghanistan (8), churchill (6), cold war (30), d day (8), holocaust (41), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (142)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site as you teach about wars and conflict. Use this information to compare and contrast British involvement in conflicts vs. those in your country. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to describe images taken during wartime. Create a class wiki about the conflict you are studying. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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The Memory Palace - Nate DiMeo

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The Memory Palace is a storytelling podcast created by an Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Choose any episode to listen online to a real-life story, and ...more
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The Memory Palace is a storytelling podcast created by an Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Choose any episode to listen online to a real-life story, and view some notes about the podcast. At the time of this review, there were 113 captivating stories, the latest being Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again; he's "an outlaw sent to his maker at barely past 30 but not to his grave..." Use tags to find episodes with similar content. Optionally, subscribe using iTunes or an RSS reader and automatically receive new episodes.

tag(s): 1800s (48), 1900s (36), art history (78), artists (78), digital storytelling (152), listening (91), museums (52), new york (27), podcasts (59), presidents (124)

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You may want to consider choosing the link Where Do I Start? to begin your journey with this podcast. This section contains the author's personal favorites. Listen to weekly podcasts together in class to stimulate discussion and interest in art and history topics and the art of storytelling. Assign the weekly podcast as listening homework. Some of the comments may suggest songs and other stories that are similar. After you've invetigated those, share them with your students. Have students create a series of questions to ask each other about issues discussed on the podcast. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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Bringing History Home - University of Iowa and Washington Community School District

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Bringing History Home provides history curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade. The curriculum centers on concepts that include five tools for learning - reading historical accounts...more
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Bringing History Home provides history curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade. The curriculum centers on concepts that include five tools for learning - reading historical accounts for context, constructing timelines, analyzing original sources, mapping events, and synthesizing sources to construct historical events. Each grade level includes two complete units with all teaching materials and aligned to Social Studies Standards.

tag(s): civil rights (120), communities (38), environment (319), great depression (27), immigrants (22), immigration (59), native americans (78), segregation (16), underground railroad (12), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and materials on this site to use in your social studies classroom. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map featuring historic events. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeglider, reviewed here, to visualize events over a period of time.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Sutori - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge through digital stories. Text, audio, video, discussion forums, and quiz questions bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created visual stories and timelines as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Sutori in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Sutori; 2. Explore three different ways to use Sutori in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Sutori in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (152), timelines (60)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new Google Earth web. Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google Earth's showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. Participants will: 1. Get acquainted with the key features of Google Earth web; 2. Explore interactive guided tours with Voyager; and 3. Start building your own Tour for Google Earth web. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Listenwise - Monica Brady-Myerov

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Listenwise has podcasts and public radio broadcasts for use in advancing literacy and learning skills. Register on Listenwise using your email to access your teacher dashboard and to...more
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Listenwise has podcasts and public radio broadcasts for use in advancing literacy and learning skills. Register on Listenwise using your email to access your teacher dashboard and to begin exploring the site. Search for lessons on any topic or browse through current events. Use the tab at the top of the page to browse by subject. Choose any resource to listen to the story; most topics are less than 10 minutes. Scroll down the page to find comprehension questions and themes for classroom use. Add any lessons to your favorites. Listenwise provides several methods for assigning lessons to students. Use the provided link to share with students, add to your Google Classroom, or use the code to add to Socrative.

tag(s): adhd (28), authors (122), biographies (92), listening (91), literacy (106), literature (272), podcasts (59), poetry (221)

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Bookmark Listenwise for use throughout the year in all subjects. Share lessons with students as a flipped learning experience. Have students listen to the broadcast before class, then ask students to discuss their thoughts and answer the comprehension questions using a video tool such as Flipgrid, reviewed here. This site is perfect for use with ESL/ELL and special education students as it allows the opportunity to listen to information as many times as necessary for understanding. Take advantage of the printables included with broadcasts that offer graphic organizers, charts, and much more.
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Open Parks Network - Clemson University and the National Park Service

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The Open Parks Network offers over 350,000 digitized images of cultural heritage objects and 1.5 million pages of literature from the National Park Service. Use the keyword search to...more
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The Open Parks Network offers over 350,000 digitized images of cultural heritage objects and 1.5 million pages of literature from the National Park Service. Use the keyword search to find specific information, or scroll through the home page to browse by parks or collections. Also, use the Explore tab to find resources located on maps. Use the "Draw Bounding Box" option to narrow your search to any particular boundary.

tag(s): images (271), national parks (21), primary sources (90)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year to find images and other primary sources for United States locations. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted for reproduction), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

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OneHistory - Hilary Mac Austin and Kathleen Thompson

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OneHistory uses stories, images, biographies, editorials, and essays to tell the history of America through the diversity of its people. Use links on the site to view information through...more
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OneHistory uses stories, images, biographies, editorials, and essays to tell the history of America through the diversity of its people. Use links on the site to view information through reading history and visual history. Be sure to check out the teacher feature index containing tips for teaching through photographs and links to great speeches and documents.

tag(s): 1800s (48), 1900s (36), african american (109), biographies (92), cross cultural understanding (122), essays (22), great depression (27), primary sources (90), speeches (19)

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Bookmark OneHistory as a resource for primary sources when teaching American History and as an excellent tool for finding information featuring diversity throughout the years. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here, to tell the story of a moment in history. Voicethread allows you to add narration to a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Take advantage of the high interest, low readability level stories on the site to differentiate for the variety of reading levels in your classroom and to include informational (nonfiction) reading standards.

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The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks - Google Arts & Culture

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Follow National Park Rangers on a remarkable journey in these 360-degree videos. Guides take viewers into the most interesting, yet unknown, places in six different park locations....more
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Follow National Park Rangers on a remarkable journey in these 360-degree videos. Guides take viewers into the most interesting, yet unknown, places in six different park locations. Choose a park to begin your journey, then after a short introduction, explore locations dragging the mouse or cursor around to view these sites from every angle. As you explore, guides provide additional information on each location.

tag(s): alaska (24), hawaii (8), landforms (48), national parks (21), states (165), video (278)

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Share this beautiful site and images on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector, then have students explore on their own. This site can be included with many different geography units to teach landforms found around the United States. Use as a starting point to learn more about our National Parks and Parks Service. Have students create an annotated image of other interesting geographic locations including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of behind the scenes information from your hometown, then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature - University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

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The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a digitized collection of a variety of children's literature from approximately 1896 to 1943. Use filters to narrow content...more
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The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a digitized collection of a variety of children's literature from approximately 1896 to 1943. Use filters to narrow content by year, genre, publisher, and more. Some items in the collection offer different publications of the same text. Each thumbnail links to images includes the publication date and publisher information.

tag(s): book lists (132), digital storytelling (152), literature (272)

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Share older versions of children's classic books with students to compare with modern versions including print books and online videos. This literature collection is perfect for use with studies of the late 1800's and early 1900's as a primary source of information. For younger students or those with little technology experience, use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different versions of texts. For older and more experienced technology students, use XMind, reviewed here, to make the comparisons of versions.

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

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

tag(s): battles (20), heroes (23), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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

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Founding Principles: American Governance in Action - Bowdoin College

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American Governance in Action is a 15 chapter video series providing an overview of the fundamental tenets of the American Government. Videos run approximately 15 minutes or less, and...more
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American Governance in Action is a 15 chapter video series providing an overview of the fundamental tenets of the American Government. Videos run approximately 15 minutes or less, and the narration by Andrew Rudalevige, a professor at Bowdoin College, is easy to understand. Each video also includes a transcript; use the search box to find and highlight terms discovered in the narrative.

tag(s): branches of government (47), civil rights (120), congress (31), constitution (85), elections (74), electoral college (15), presidents (124), supreme court (24)

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Watch videos together as a class, or flip your class and have students watch at home before introducing lessons on the government in class. Allow students to watch videos at their own pace on 1:1 devices or at home, then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts of American Governance. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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Hamilton - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History/Ron Chernow

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides an extensive collection of resources on Alexander Hamilton. Scroll through the site to find essays, primary sources, teaching...more
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides an extensive collection of resources on Alexander Hamilton. Scroll through the site to find essays, primary sources, teaching resources, and more. Create a free account with a school-affiliated email address to access the site and all of its features.

tag(s): 1700s (29), american revolution (85), constitution (85)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site when teaching about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Make a splash with visual learners by starting class with artifacts from this site displayed on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Explore primary sources and historical texts as part of a Common Core literacy program cooperating among English, reading, and history teachers. Have students sign up to enjoy access to all the resources. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore information on the site and become Hamilton "experts." Have the groups create presentations to share with the class about what they learn using Presentious, reviewed here, or Slides, reviewed here.
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You Decide: Jefferson or Hamilton? A Biography of America - PBS Learning Media California

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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose...more
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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose the vision that you believe would be best for America. Throughout the interactive, view several sets of statements and make choices before coming to a final decision. When complete, compare your thoughts to others who voted.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (85), jefferson (19)

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This interactive provides a perfect introduction to any unit on the Constitution. Ask students to complete the short quiz, then compare their response to others. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to view responses from your class. Have students make an interactive multimedia presentation after researching Hamilton or Jefferson using a tool like Sway, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Take advantage of the discussion questions on this site to encourage students to think about the visions of our government leaders.

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Alexander Hamilton: Early Influences - PBS Learning Media California

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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton...more
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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton and discussion questions. This site also includes correlation to National Standards for History.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (85)

In the Classroom

View this video together as a class as an introduction to lessons on Alexander Hamilton, the Constitution, or slavery. Flip your lessons and have students watch the video before class. Use the Discussion Questions from the site to challenge students to research other Founding Fathers. Have students or groups share what they know about Hamilton using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Encourage students to research Alexander Hamilton's later life, then upload a photo they have encountered (with proper credit, of course) and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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