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Orinoco Online

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This foundation-supported site offers information on the various native cultures found in the Orinoco region of Venezuela. Learn about tribal customs, shamans and religious beliefs,...more
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This foundation-supported site offers information on the various native cultures found in the Orinoco region of Venezuela. Learn about tribal customs, shamans and religious beliefs, and the cultures of these native peoples in an educational site with spectacular design and elegant execution.

tag(s): cultures (105), south america (39)

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Use the online exhibit as a introductory activity to some of the native culture of Venezuela. Have students look at the site in cooperative learning groups, with the intentions of summarizing the points of the collection in a multimedia presentation. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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Mexican Folklorico

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A site offering information and resources on Mexican cultural celebrations, including resources for creating a celebration and schedules of celebrations in communities in the U.S. and...more
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A site offering information and resources on Mexican cultural celebrations, including resources for creating a celebration and schedules of celebrations in communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

tag(s): cultures (105), mexico (34)

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The Conquistadors Adventure - PBS

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This is the education section of the PBS series of the same name. It offers several activities, including a Flash-based timeline and a discussion of the impact of Spanish exploration...more
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This is the education section of the PBS series of the same name. It offers several activities, including a Flash-based timeline and a discussion of the impact of Spanish exploration in different regions of Central and South America. Some of the content will be over the heads of elementary students, but this one's worth a look for your explorers unit.

tag(s): central america (13), spanish (108)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! These lesson plans would be great for a world history class - be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Canadian Heritage Information Network

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This site from the Canadian government offers a huge compilation of online resources about Canadian heritage from museums in all disciplines, government agencies, educational instutions....more
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This site from the Canadian government offers a huge compilation of online resources about Canadian heritage from museums in all disciplines, government agencies, educational instutions. If you're in search of things Canadian, this is an excellent starting point.

tag(s): canada (30)

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Virtual Mount Everest Trek

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Here's one for the armchair adventurers. This site offers an interactive trek to the summit of Mount Everest. Along the way, it explains the culture of Nepal and the Himalaya ...more
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Here's one for the armchair adventurers. This site offers an interactive trek to the summit of Mount Everest. Along the way, it explains the culture of Nepal and the Himalaya region, and the impact that increasing numbers of western climbers have had on that culture. The tour is available in both html and Shockwave versions; the Shockwave tour requires a fast connection and lots of memory, but it's worth the wait.

tag(s): field trips (12), mountains (13), virtual field trips (48)

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Use the interactive tour as a learning center or station during a unit on the Himalayas. To assess student learning, have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included) - allowing them to recreate their own hike.

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Malaysia

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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great...more
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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great source of research information for studies of other cultures and peoples.

tag(s): asia (73), religions (61)

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Use the historic timeline to study the spread of Islam to Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia during the 15th century. The timeline is extremely detailed and can actually be used as a learning center or station too. To help guide students through the content, we recommend creating a graphic organizer. For help making those, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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India and Its Neighbors

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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals...more
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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals support most of the sections, and the content could be useful for research projects or general information. The site includes a short biography of Mahatma Ghandi. This is a "labor of love" site created by two faculty members at UCLA.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit studying India. This activity works best if students have a graphic organizer to accompany the information - we recommend a tool such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Lothal - On the Indus River

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This is an elegant Indian site describing archeological excavations at the site of Lothal, an ancient city on the Indus river. There are interactive maps, descriptions of life in the...more
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This is an elegant Indian site describing archeological excavations at the site of Lothal, an ancient city on the Indus river. There are interactive maps, descriptions of life in the ancient city, and a catalog of artifacts found during the excavations. Beautiful quality, and a little slow as a result, but if you're looking for examples of how archaeologists work, it's worth the wait.

tag(s): archeology (32), india (36)

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Use the images in this site to create a visual discovery activity during a unit on the Indus River Valley. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them in a Powerpoint presentation to be displayed over the interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow the class to view the images for 30-45 seconds each, writing down what they observe, infer and predict about each image. After all the images have been seen, start a class discussion based on student's findings. This is a great way to review material, as it allows students to apply classroom knowledge.

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Holocaust Bibliographies and Books

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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust. ...more
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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust.

tag(s): holocaust (39), reading lists (75)

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Use this site as a means to find literary resources for a unit on the Holocaust. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval and access.

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Pulse of the Planet

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National Geographic publishes this ongoing collection of short documentary pieces, each of which has both text and audio narration in high quality stereo sound, with lots of natural...more
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National Geographic publishes this ongoing collection of short documentary pieces, each of which has both text and audio narration in high quality stereo sound, with lots of natural effects. For students who have trouble either reading or attending, these short sound clips provide a well-constructed exposure to topics ranging from science to cultures and celebrations. New segments each week, along with a monthly feature presentation.

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Because there are a LOT of short recordings on this site, be sure to examine it thoroughly before allowing students to use it. Find one or several informatory recordings that could benefit your classroom, and use them as introductory pieces before beginning a unit or lesson. Play the recording over the interactive whiteboard as a starter, previewing the lesson to come, allowing students to reflect to the recording via writing or verbally in a class discussion.

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Genealogy of the Kings & Queens of England - British Government

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From the British Monarchy site. (Who would know better?) ...more
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From the British Monarchy site. (Who would know better?)

tag(s): britain (35), england (57)

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An excellent addition to any unit on Early - Modern British history! Assign students monarchs for your appropriate time period, and have them research the site to find out more about their specific person. Have each student create a quick biography of their monarch in an attempt to show how important their roles were to English Society. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate 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. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Modern World History - BBC

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BBC offers this Eurocentric look at the 19th and 20th centuries, complete with timelines and questions designed to provoke discussion and research. This site would offer a good overview...more
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BBC offers this Eurocentric look at the 19th and 20th centuries, complete with timelines and questions designed to provoke discussion and research. This site would offer a good overview of movements and key events, and its timeline would be particularly useful to help "fit the pieces together."

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), europe (75)

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This site has SO many resources! Use the activities as learning center or stations, or complete them together as a class using the interactive whiteboard or projector. There are also practice quizzes and tests that can be used to help students review for assessments or to assess what students already know coming into a new unit. The activities are very cute and actually quite humerous - just make sure to include headphones for individual computers. History teachers everywhere - take note of this sight!

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Lonely Planet Destinations

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This site contains info on continents and countries of the world. While it is targeted toward travelers, this site offers an incredible amount of information on countries, including...more
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This site contains info on continents and countries of the world. While it is targeted toward travelers, this site offers an incredible amount of information on countries, including history, economy, culture, events, reading material (reference and personal accounts of experiences), etc. It's easy to navigate and search. This site could be used for many disciplines (science, English, history, art, music, even math-unit on other currencies and how to convert).

tag(s): atlas (6)

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Use this site during a geography, economics, or civic class on a unit that compares the cultures of countries around the world. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students access the site individually. Assign every student a country and have them create a travel brochure about it using a tool such as Padlet (reviewed here). Make sure to have students include similar topics to allow for a compare/contrast discussion to follow! An excellent site to introduce topics such as GDP, population, resource usage, and the effects of globalization.

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Interactive World Fact Book

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This site offers short, factual summaries on hundreds of different countries. There's not a lot of extensive detail, but there are enough basics here for an elementary report, or for...more
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This site offers short, factual summaries on hundreds of different countries. There's not a lot of extensive detail, but there are enough basics here for an elementary report, or for a starting point for a more advanced exploration of another country. The short synopses make comparisons particularly easy.

tag(s): maps (287)

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Use the country reports on this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage, allowing students to access the material both in and out of the classroom.

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Historic American Maps - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online...more
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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online or download them for inclass use.

tag(s): explorers (61), maps (287)

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Teachers will probably want to suggest which maps are most useful.

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The Electronic Embassy

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This Washington, DC - based site offers a collection of information from foreign embassies located in the nation's capital. Its most useful feature is a set of links to the ...more
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This Washington, DC - based site offers a collection of information from foreign embassies located in the nation's capital. Its most useful feature is a set of links to the embassies themselves, some of which are fairly obscure. Good resource for a student interested in finding out specifics of a foreign country and their diplomatic services.

tag(s): foreign policy (16)

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Use the embassy row tour as a hands-on activity during a lesson on international diplomacy. Have students look at the site in cooperative learning groups, with the intentions of creating their own tour of embassy row. Using the images and information on the site, have students create a multi-media presentation detailing what an embassy is, why it's important, and show examples of embassies in D.C. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate 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. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Chronologies from WebChron - North Park University

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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution...more
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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution of the first hominids. While the information is strictly limited to dates and events, the site could be useful for building time-lines, or for comparing contemporaneous events in different cultures. From the department of history at North Park University.

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Good resource for lesson development.

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Around the World in the 1890s - Library of Congress

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This is a Library of Congress collection of photos taken for the World Transportation Commission in the 1890s. Teachers, students, or parents could use this online archive to illustrate...more
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This is a Library of Congress collection of photos taken for the World Transportation Commission in the 1890s. Teachers, students, or parents could use this online archive to illustrate both what foreign nations were like a hundred years ago, and also the subjects that Americans were interested in recording during their journeys. This is a nice example of the primary resources which the Library makes available on the web.

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of evolving transportation. 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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St. Petersburg in Pictures

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This is a Russian-produced site showing sights in St. Petersburg. Quality is uneven, but it's authentic. ...more
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This is a Russian-produced site showing sights in St. Petersburg. Quality is uneven, but it's authentic.

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of Pre-communist Russia. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about Russia before the communist revolution. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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The Renaissance - CPB/Annenberg

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This offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to Renaissance life and thought. Developed as part of the Annenberg/CPB project, it exposes students to the interplay of...more
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This offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to Renaissance life and thought. Developed as part of the Annenberg/CPB project, it exposes students to the interplay of art, philosophy, and science which made the renaissance unique in European history. There is particular emphasis on the Italian renaissance.

tag(s): europe (75), italian (33), italy (17), renaissance (34)

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This is an excellent resource to explore all events within the renaissance, from the emergence of the middle class to the impact of the Bubonic Plague. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group pick an element of the presentation to explore in more depth, and have each group create a poster to "teach" their peers about their section. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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