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360Cities - 360 Cities s.r.o.

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K to 12
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning...more
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning in circles with excitement. The pictures are out of this world! View 360 degree panoramic pictures from Mars or under the sea. Travel to snowy mountain tops and many more of the Internet's largest collection of uploaded panoramic images. 360Cities panoramic aerial shots are also available as well as navigable views of cities, natural landscapes, and more. The most popular panoramic pictures are listed for your convenience. This website has panoramic views of all Seven Wonders of the World, which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Are you looking for a site to showcase your own panoramic shots or do you want to learn how to take panoramic shots? 360Cities "how to" section offers tools to create and upload your own panoramic pictures. View the existing pictures for free or use an email address to create a free account to upload your own panoramic pictures. Paid upgrades are available. 360Cities also has an app for iOS devices. View the 360Cities blog linked on the site for more information.
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tag(s): images (266), landforms (45), landmarks (26), virtual field trips (48)

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The 360Cities panoramic pictures provide a vivid visual experience to enhance any lesson. Students can search and view the panoramic setting of a reading passage or novel. Need to paint a picture for students about a historical topic? View the image on 360Cities. Activate schema with these vivid images. Bring Science to life as you explore the many natural wonders of our world and even space. Explore these exciting worlds through the panoramic pictures. Visit businesses and famous landmarks around the world for a free virtual tour. Looking for creative writing prompts? Use the images for poems or story starters. Teaching geometry? Have students locate geometric figures in the pictures. Provide students an image and challenge them to create a virtual tour as they explore the image. Use web 2.0 tools or the students' artistic talents to create travel brochures for the panoramic pictures. Record the tours as a screencast or present orally. Use the "how-to" section to have your students create their own panoramic pictures. Take a panoramic shot of your classroom to post on your website or blog. Use DSLR cameras or cell phones to create your panoramic pictures.

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Szoter - szoter.com

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K to 12
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version ...more
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version that runs on your desktop. Launch then choose from options to annotate such as load local image, capture camera image, make screenshot, or load image url. After your image loads, choose from editing options such as scaling image, drawing tools such as lines, arrows, and circles, and add text. When finished, save to your computer or publish and share to Twitter, Facebook, or copy the url provided.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), images (266)

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Capture a screenshot of websites or software and annotate with directions for student use. Have students label and identify objects in an image. Label parts of a plant, continents, landforms, etc. Practice new words in a different language by asking students to label and identify objects in that language. Create a storyboard using several annotated images as a story starter. Art students can annotate images to point out design elements or annotate images of their own work to talk about the creative decisions they made. Share annotated Szoter images on your class website or blog to tell about a field trip or class event.

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America in Class - The National Humanities Center

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5 to 12
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Discover American History lessons correlated to Common Core reading and social studies literacy standards, especially those that require close reading and evidence. The goal of these...more
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Discover American History lessons correlated to Common Core reading and social studies literacy standards, especially those that require close reading and evidence. The goal of these lessons is to use primary resources, background information, and the analytical strategies suggested to meet the Common Core standards. In addition to these outstanding American History lessons, also find free online seminars and secondary sources. The secondary sources, under TeacherServe, include essays on topics in American literature and history.

tag(s): abolition (7), american revolution (86), civil war (145), colonial america (107), colonization (16), democracy (12), native americans (78), primary sources (86), slavery (72), women (101)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to help your class learn the background information and read the material through once. Work through the lesson together; then consider assigning groups of four students to go through the readings again, discovering the answers to the essential questions. Have students post the group's answers on a back channel chat program such as Today's Meet reviewed here so all groups can see all answers. Where answers differ, have students go back into the reading and cite evidence to support their answer on Today's Meet for all to see.

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Slave Stories - International Slavery Museum, Liverpool England

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7 to 12
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Follow the stories of four African slaves as they were taken on board a transatlantic slave ship in 1780. Begin as you meet your guides from four different tribes. Choose ...more
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Follow the stories of four African slaves as they were taken on board a transatlantic slave ship in 1780. Begin as you meet your guides from four different tribes. Choose a story teller to begin. Each guide begins to tell the story of their family life and cultural information. Click on underlined terms to view more information or find the definition to a vocabulary word.

tag(s): africa (180), black history (59), cross cultural understanding (115), slavery (72)

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View this site together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. It would be an interesting counterpoint if your class is reading Paula Fox's The Slave Dancer, even though the time frame is not identical. Allow students to explore on their own. Challenge cooperative groups to read a specific "journey." What was the biggest surprise in the story? What did they already know about slavery? Have groups use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of slavery voyages. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.

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Term.ly - Agile Tortoise, Inc.

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5 to 12
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Search this online dictionary to find definition, part of speech, and ranked lists of words. Search alphabetically or use the search box. The ranking shows words that are specific synonyms....more
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Search this online dictionary to find definition, part of speech, and ranked lists of words. Search alphabetically or use the search box. The ranking shows words that are specific synonyms. It also includes antonyms when available. For adjectives, offerings include words that are similar as well as the definition and synonyms. With a free sign-up, you can keep lists of favorite words. A "bookmarklet" available on the site allows you to select text on any website and click it to look it up using Term.ly for definitions and other assistance. Definitions can also be shared on social network sites with an easy click. This is a comprehensive, adult level dictionary and contains adult level words, some inappropriate for classroom usage. Supervise accordingly.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), famous people (19), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Use this site when learning science and social studies vocabulary words (or famous people). Add the bookmarklet for students to use with complex informational texts. Use this site for research projects and to explore the "root" of a word. Remember to use caution and supervision when referring students to any adult level dictionary. This is a site that you may want to use as a classroom activity (on your interactive whiteboard or projector). If you choose to allow students to register independently (or list this link on your website). be sure to check school policy about student registrations. The favorite word list feature could be quite handy for students to "collect" their own vocabulary words

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Civil War 150 - History.com

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6 to 12
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 ...more
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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an interactive look at different aspects of the war. Choose from various main topics: "Who They Were," "How The Died," "150 Civil War Topics," "Weapons of War," and many others. You will find a clickable infographics with facts and information about the Civil War. View several video clips, including Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech, Confederate Bomb Plot, Gettysburg Battle Strategy, and more. Find out what the experts think were the most important events, battles, and cultural components of the Civil War. View the most popular topics to find additional information on people, places, and events.
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tag(s): battles (16), civil war (145), emancipation proclamation (12), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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Mark this site as a Favorite for use during your Civil War unit. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Show students how to use information from infographics and cite correctly using the "cite this" button located with each infographic. This site is perfect for student exploration. Challenge them to come up with their own top 5 lists to compare to the experts' choices. Another idea: have students create a simple infographic sharing pertinent information about the Civil War using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Hungry History - The History Channel

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3 to 12
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such ...more
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such as spices and basic staples. Articles are listed by most recently added. You can also search by Top Categories. Many articles also include a video.
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tag(s): cooking (34), cross cultural understanding (115), holidays (147), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Be sure to include this resource in a unit discussing foods. Students can research and report on a various types of food. Compare the nutritional strengths and weaknesses of different cultures. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Discuss how various grains are a major underpinning of most holiday celebrations. As you view each of these resources, be sure to note the various grains that are often used. Report on different cultures and celebrations around the world. Students can even create many of these dishes to share with classmates and gain understandings of various cultures. How does the food reflect the natural resources of a region? How does it relate to the culture's religion? World language students can trace historical foods of the culture they are studying and even share them at a world language fair.
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Freebook Sifter - FreebookSifter

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K to 12
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business &...more
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Children's eBooks, Fantasy, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Politics & Current Events, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Teens, Travel, and many others. At the time of this review, there were over 69,000 free eBooks listed on the site.

tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128)

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This site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.

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A Europe of Tales - europeoftales.net

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3 to 10
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A Europe of Tales offers visual and auditory experiences of the myths and legends in Europe, easy for younger student to understand. The Flash animations do include written text,...more
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A Europe of Tales offers visual and auditory experiences of the myths and legends in Europe, easy for younger student to understand. The Flash animations do include written text, so reading is required. There is music and sound effects along with the text and images. Choose from 8 languages to begin. Click on one of the five countries to start exploring: Iceland, Italy, Brittany, Finland, or Scotland. Within each country find options for stories to view. Click on links within these stories to view actual images, additional facts, maps, and tasks (teaching suggestions). As is typical of many original (not "Disneyfied") folk tales, some subject matter is a little dark and relates to death. Preview for appropriateness in your classroom.

tag(s): europe (75), folktales (65), myths and legends (25), narrative (24)

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Choose myths and legends to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site is perfect for when you are studying European countries or when teaching a unit on myths and legends. Students could explore in small groups to discover similarities to more familiar folktales. Another idea: use this site in your world language class. Explore the site in the language you are teaching. The site is offered in French, Italian, and several other languages. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of different folk tales and story patterns.
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Mapping History - University of Oregon

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7 to 12
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Discover interactive and animated representations of historic events and time periods. Choose from American, European, Latin American, or African history. Within each of these choices...more
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Discover interactive and animated representations of historic events and time periods. Choose from American, European, Latin American, or African history. Within each of these choices is a list of modules. Each module provides information and interactive content such as timelines or maps that guide you through the specified time frame. The slider at the bottom of the map allows you to move in time.

tag(s): 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), africa (180), alaska (25), american revolution (86), central america (13), civil war (145), cold war (29), colonial america (107), colonization (16), explorers (61), great depression (24), greece (26), greeks (30), hawaii (7), industrialization (15), italy (17), maps (287), native americans (78), romans (35), slavery (72), south america (39), spain (9), war of 1812 (14), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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View modules together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide links to selected modules on your class webpage or blog. Use as one source for students to create their own maps. Using a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of any specific time period or event. With Mapskip students can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Go Social Studies Go! - Kenneth Udhe

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6 to 12
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography,...more
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Go Social Studies Go! is a colorful and rich collection of multimedia books about Social Studies topics. It is divided into four main sections: World History, US History, Geography, and World Religions. Learn about nine different world religions. There are over ten different regions to explore (Middle East, Caribbean, Russia, China, and more). Topics of US History include slavery in America, political parties, various presidents, inventors, Jamestown, and more. There are also world history topics: Marco Polo, Ancient China, African Empires, Life in Nazi Germany, and many others. Choose any section to find booklets containing images, videos, text, and links to additional resources. Click on links within each section to view content. This site was written by a teacher for his students. The text and content maintain student interest and enjoyment using student-friendly language.
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tag(s): australia (35), china (66), civil war (145), continents (49), england (57), explorers (61), france (40), germany (28), italy (17), japan (61), martin luther king (37), native americans (78), north america (19), religions (61), renaissance (34), romans (35), rome (27), russia (38), south america (39), spain (9), washington (36), world war 1 (54)

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Bookmark this site for use in middle and high school Social Studies classes. Select content to view as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce the site to students and let them explore specific sections on their own. Share a link to the portion of the site desired through your class website or blog. Have students or student groups create online posters using Check This (reviewed here). This site is also a useful reference for students to "look up" a major historic event to better understand historical fiction or even movies. Make it available as a general reference link on your class web page.
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Awesome Stories - AwesomeStories

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4 to 12
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies...more
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created websites. The site includes documents, videos, audio clips and narrations. Topics range from the Women's Movement to Emperor Penguins to Abraham Lincoln to the Easter Story (through medieval/renaissance art) and much more. Search by biography, disaster, trials, flicks, history, philosophy, sports, or the arts. You can also search by lesson plans, narrations, slide shows, videos, images, audio clips, documentaries, and more! You can also take advantage of the Visual Vocabulary to learn vocabulary related to many of the stories and video clips available at this site.

tag(s): art history (70), artists (75), biographies (87), black history (59), civil rights (117), civil war (145), cross cultural understanding (115), disasters (39), earthquakes (48), easter (21), inventors and inventions (101), korea (15), lincoln (86), mars (41), movies (65), natural disasters (20), presidents (131), primary sources (86), resources (112), south africa (10), vocabulary (324), weather (188), womens suffrage (26)

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Use this rich site to support your social studies, history, science, language arts classroom and many others! There is a lot here to explore and many diverse topics. Use the Visual Vocabulary Builder to introduce your students to new vocabulary in a different way. Middle and high schoolers could use the movies to teach about character development and themes. The site includes several lesson plans that help you teach with current movies. Have your students use the site to find historical images to use in presentations. (Be sure to check the licensing on any image you use and cite it properly.) Project the video clips using an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce students to a unit of study. Challenge small groups of students to explore one of the topics presented at this site and share their "story" with the rest of the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Many texts on this site are also useful examples of informational texts for practice of Common Core standards.
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From Cave Paintings to the Internet - Jeremy Norman and Co., Inc.

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9 to 12
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This amazing online project documents the history of information and media. The project covers a huge scope of time, starting with entries from 2,500,000 BC up to the present time....more
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This amazing online project documents the history of information and media. The project covers a huge scope of time, starting with entries from 2,500,000 BC up to the present time. Use the Google Maps based interface (Map View) to explore the records geographically. Select from a large number of themes including archaeology, writing, or paleontology. You can also explore this tool by historical era or regions. Search the tool using the tabs Outline View, Expanded View, or Map View. Explore the Narrative and Analysis tab for valuable information.

tag(s): 1600s (11), 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), animals (276), art history (70), caves (5), genealogy (7), genetics (90), geologic time (9), geology (81), maps (287), sculpture (21)

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Use this tool to research the history of writing, communication, and technology through the ages. Connect each of these discoveries with other events including political, religious, or social changes also occurring at the time. Assign cooperative learning groups different areas of this website to explore. Challenge students to use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of their own (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Women in World History - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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10 to 12
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Women in World History offers sophisticated, high-level learning opportunities for exploration and research into the role of women throughout the world. Choose website reviews to find...more
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Women in World History offers sophisticated, high-level learning opportunities for exploration and research into the role of women throughout the world. Choose website reviews to find scholarly reviews of online archives and resources. View more than 200 primary sources with essays analyzing gender. View case studies from teachers discussing primary sources. Classroom modules offer lesson plans for several topics: the British Empire, Western Views of Chinese Women, and the Soviet Dictatorship. The lesson plans include everything you need: ways to differentiate the lesson, objectives, materials, time needed, and additional strategies.

tag(s): 1600s (11), 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), 20th century (51), africa (180), asia (73), central america (13), europe (75), great britain (16), north america (19), russia (38), south america (39), women (101)

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Use modules from this site to supplement current teaching materials. If you are teaching about primary sources, be sure to share that part of this website. Students can search by region: Africa, The Americas, East Asia, Europe, Mid-East/North Africa, Russia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. Information on this site is written at a very high level. Use this with gifted and AP students as a source for research information or extended lessons in current content.

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European Virtual Museum - Leonardo da Vinci Programme

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6 to 12
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Explore and view archives from seven museums in Europe from the comfort of your computer screen! Choose a specific time period, country, or object group to view artifacts. Links to...more
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Explore and view archives from seven museums in Europe from the comfort of your computer screen! Choose a specific time period, country, or object group to view artifacts. Links to artifacts include an image along with its name, type, country, chronology, time period, and museum location where it is housed. Click on the image thumbnail for a 3D image and links to more in-depth information. Find main characteristics, discovery information, state of the object, and deepenings (a short analysis and description).

tag(s): art history (70), europe (75), germany (28), italy (17), rome (27)

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View this site together on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to see artifacts from 40,000 BC through 0 BC. Share this site in art class as a resource for different art and artifacts from early times. Allow students to explore on their own to find objects by date, country, or type. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about an artifact using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.
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Chronicling America - National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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Search America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922. Use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information located within American newspapers published between 1690-present. The front...more
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Search America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922. Use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information located within American newspapers published between 1690-present. The front page contains images and links to newspaper topics for the current date 100 years ago. Click on links to view more from each paper, such as additional pages or other issues. Use the search bar to narrow newspaper searches by date, state, and keywords. View content in PDF or text format, or clip image to print or download to your computer. If you get stuck on the site, click the "Ask a Librarian" button for advice and help.

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), journalism (46), news (261), newspapers (94), primary sources (86)

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Make history come alive in your classroom using newspapers, the perfect primary source. Enter dates from history and different locations to find local news stories and information. When studying events over an extended period of time, find resources from the beginning, middle, and end of that period to compare and contrast information from the local newspapers. Read the evolution of American popular opinion before and after Pearl Harbor, for example. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate or report events using Fotobabble, reviewed here. Challenge your students to use a site such as Capzles, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline of events as reported in various news sources.
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Fabulous resource for American History/Social Studies. Primary sources you can search. Wasn't able to get phrases to work, but individual words do. Frances, CT, Grades: 6 - 8

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Picture History - Picture History LLC

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4 to 12
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Picture History contains licensed digital images covering 200 years of American History. Search the site using the search box or browse by category, decade, photographer, or anniversary....more
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Picture History contains licensed digital images covering 200 years of American History. Search the site using the search box or browse by category, decade, photographer, or anniversary. Images include information on the subject, date (or approximate date), and image size. Additional topics include nature, life cycles, politics & government, science, health, medicine, and much more. Be aware that these are copyrighted images intended for SALE. This means that Fair Use does not apply because you would be taking away the owner's opportunity to earn income from this property. Register to download high resolution images without watermarks (this option requires a fee). You can send an "e-card" using an image. Click the envelope below the image to send.

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), architecture (84), business (58), digital storytelling (144), images (266), life cycles (25), lincoln (86), medicine (67), politics (99), transportation (40)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and save this site to share during classroom lessons on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share with students as a place to explore to "get the picture" of various events in American History. Use the opportunity to explain why some sites charge for image downloads as a business venture and that taking them, even with a watermark, would be like "stealing." Have students send an e-card of an image to the entire class, written as a participant in the historic event. Use a whole-class email account to send and receive them.

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Crash Course - John and Hank Green

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6 to 12
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

Tip: to watch or share a video without the ads and clutter, use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here to watch the video ad-free!
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tag(s): animals (276), bacteria (30), bill of rights (28), body systems (57), chinese (48), constitution (79), declaration of independence (13), evolution (100), genetics (90), greeks (30), literature (275), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), nutrition (154), religions (61), rome (27), romeo and juliet (6), russia (38), shakespeare (131), water cycle (33)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.
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Trace Effects - U.S. Department of State

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7 to 12
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The U.S. Department of State designed this interactive game to help ESL/ELL learners to learn American English. However, many non-ESL/ELL students could greatly benefit (and enjoy)...more
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The U.S. Department of State designed this interactive game to help ESL/ELL learners to learn American English. However, many non-ESL/ELL students could greatly benefit (and enjoy) this highly interactive experience and look at U.S. culture. Download Unity Player to begin. Registration is free, but does require an email address. Begin your mission with Trace, a teen back in time from the year 2045. Help Trace return to his regular time by completing several challenges. Trace must follow directions (called objectives) on each screen. He travels to 8 separate locations around the U.S. Learn about entrepreneurship, community activism, empowering women, science and innovation, environmental conservation, and conflict resolution. Travel to Kansas, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Complete 28 practice activities. You will also find 4 multi-player practice challenges, 7 graphic novels for extension activities, and an American English dictionary integration activity. The game is so involved, that you will not even realize that you are also learning English.

tag(s): communities (35), conflict resolution (8), conservation (127), cross cultural understanding (115), women (101)

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This site offers a window on American culture that you can use in comparing cultures. It is a great way to engage ESL/ELL teens as they practice English skills. Since the State Department created it, an AP Civics or Government class might even want to critique or discuss its portrayal of U.S. culture. Have ESL/ELL students work on individual laptops and explore this site alone or with a partner. Provide this link for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Challenge your students to collaboratively write the dialogue for an additional visit Trace might make to a community near you using Google Docs/Drive reviewed here. Your more technologically savvy students may like to create another version of a Trace visit to go along with the dialog! In a world language class, have students work collaboratively to create a visit to a cultural site using this game as a model.
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Literacy Design Collaborative - Literacy Design Collaborative

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K to 12
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The Literacy Design Collaborative supports the development of literacy through a series of templates for use with text when writing. There are also templates for other subjects. Most...more
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The Literacy Design Collaborative supports the development of literacy through a series of templates for use with text when writing. There are also templates for other subjects. Most templates address secondary levels; however, other offerings contain some elementary templates. Template tasks allow you to fill in the blank with learning skills addressed. When completed, you create and produce a high-quality assignment. Three collections are available by choosing the tasks link: the template task collection II, Common Core template tasks, and K-2 template tasks. Use links provided to view instructions and download templates in PDF format. Choose the modules link to view and download complete modules for instruction for English, Science, and Social Studies. Also available at the Literacy Design Collaborative is a series of videos demonstrating changing teacher practice and literacy. Most of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to school (or your meeting) "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): american revolution (86), animals (276), biodiversity (38), canada (30), careers (132), china (66), civil rights (117), cold war (29), ecosystems (88), energy (198), evolution (100), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), india (36), industrial revolution (25), lincoln (86), literacy (103), marine biology (33), photosynthesis (33), poetry (228), pollution (66), professional development (123), shakespeare (131)

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This site is an excellent resource for schools implementing Common Core Standards. Share this site during professional development sessions to view and learn how to use the templates and modules in the classroom. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard and have groups discuss afterwards. View videos from the site during these sessions to understand the framework behind the templates. Download templates and modules for use in your classroom for any content or use templates as a model for creating your own templates.
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