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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (163), images (266)

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World Mapper - University of Sheffield

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What would a world map look like if countries and continents were sized not by land area, but by population, number of elderly, various type of imports, or emigration? ...more
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What would a world map look like if countries and continents were sized not by land area, but by population, number of elderly, various type of imports, or emigration? This site presents dozens of cartograms - or density-equalizing maps - in which each country is resized according to a specific variable. Each map is accompanied by a downloadable Excel file and a printable poster.

tag(s): immigration (58), maps (287), migration (59), population (60)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. The population maps would be extremely useful for any class discussion on the world use of resources, and the financial disparities that exist among nations. Use the animations provided on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the demographic differences between nations. World Mapper is an wonderful addition to any geography,civics or social studies class, particularly during units on the UN, natural resources, world conflict, and economic disparity.
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CIA Word Factbook: Iran - CIA

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The CIA's Factbook offers a wealth of information on most of the world's nations. This is a direct link to the page for Iran. ...more
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The CIA's Factbook offers a wealth of information on most of the world's nations. This is a direct link to the page for Iran.

tag(s): iran (12), terrorism (49)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to explore it in cooperative learning groups. Have the groups explore different aspects of the factbook, with the intentions of presenting the highlights to the rest of the class. 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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Evolution of the Medieval Book - Cornell University Library

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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human...more
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human communication, transforming Europe and, eventually, the entire world. From the earliest manuscripts and prayer books, to the very first books printed with Gutenberg's metal type, students can gain an understanding of how the metamorphosis of the written word affected human society. Includes images of manuscripts, bindings, and illustrations, along with descriptive commentary.

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Although this site lends itself to a study of influences that affected European history during the Middle Ages, art students can explore the illuminations and letterforms that appear on the pages of these early manuscripts and books as part of a study of printmaking techniques.

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Folk Songs for the Five Points - Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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Explore the vibrant and diverse culture of New York City's Lower East Side with this beautifully designed multimedia site. Using an interactive map, visitors can click on distinct dots,...more
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Explore the vibrant and diverse culture of New York City's Lower East Side with this beautifully designed multimedia site. Using an interactive map, visitors can click on distinct dots, each representing a different audio sample at that particular location (steam coming through a manhole cover, the Second Avenue train, buskers, and so much more). Using the on-screen tools, visitors can toggle sounds on and off to create their own unique audio-mix. The resulting textures and colors are amazing, and students can spend quite a bit of time immersed in the rich cultural fabric of this urban neighborhood.

tag(s): new york (26), sound (101), sounds (68)

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This cultural gem should be experienced individually with headphones, and followed by reflection and discussion. Use as a catalyst to get students involved in listening for and recording the sounds in their own communities. What similarities and differences can be discovered?
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What Are We Fighting For Over There? - Library of Congress

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This beautifully designed unit examines the twentieth century's first worldwide conflict and emphasizes the rich primary source material that places a human face on the Great War. Audio...more
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This beautifully designed unit examines the twentieth century's first worldwide conflict and emphasizes the rich primary source material that places a human face on the Great War. Audio recordings, vintage newspaper articles, and transcripts of historic speeches provide students with a treasure of resources for use in building a personal understanding of the devastation and effects of World War I. Aligned to standards.

tag(s): foreign policy (16), world war 1 (54)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan in your classroom during a unit on WWI - the documents are all very revealing and an excellent example for students of reliable primary sources.

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African American World - WNET

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African American culture, history, and experiences are highlighted in this beautifully designed site that explores the courage, talent, and influence of individuals like Sojourner Truth,...more
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African American culture, history, and experiences are highlighted in this beautifully designed site that explores the courage, talent, and influence of individuals like Sojourner Truth, Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, and more. Organized around four main themes - history, arts and culture, race and society, and profiles, the site offers an illustrated, interactive time line - perfect for student research, a "Classroom" section filled with lesson plans and activities, and Brainteaser Quizzes in each of the content sections. Also includes a series of interactive discussion boards. Use these with caution.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in the "Classroom" section of this site! For the younger grades, there is also a kids center that would make a great learning center or station. Save it as a favorite on classroom computers to allow students to access it.

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Asia for Educators - Columbia University

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This impressive and extensive multimedia site explores the history and culture of China and Japan, and provides a wealth of teaching materials and resources. Each featured topic is...more
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This impressive and extensive multimedia site explores the history and culture of China and Japan, and provides a wealth of teaching materials and resources. Each featured topic is accompanied by a related lesson plan and an annotated list of supporting online sources. Browse by subject or by time period.

tag(s): asia (73), china (66), japan (61)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! There are also timelines about both China and Japan available that can help guide your classroom unit about the history of either. Share a timeline on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce the unit and show the direction of progress. This would be a great resource for a world history classroom.
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Nuremberg Trials - WGBH

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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined...more
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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined this era, and the devastation experienced by citizens of Berlin after World War II. Includes an illustrated timeline with links to related sites, a photo gallery, and transcripts of interviews with a prison guard and an army photographer.

tag(s): courts (15), world war 2 (142)

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Challenge students to think about the similarities and differences between the trial of Saddam Hussein and the Nuremberg trials.
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Cycles: African Life Through Art - Indianapolis Museum of Art

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This beautifully designed site reveals the rich cultural traditions of Africa through its art and rituals. As students investigate this interactive exhibit, they can examine and manipulate...more
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This beautifully designed site reveals the rich cultural traditions of Africa through its art and rituals. As students investigate this interactive exhibit, they can examine and manipulate a variety of artifacts, listen to traditional music, and learn about the circle of life that dominates artistic expression throughout the continent. Aligned to Standards. Requires FLASH. If you do not see the site content coming up, get FLASH from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (180), cultures (105), religions (61)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on African cultures. Because there is a lot of content on this site, it would probably work best with a graphic organizer to guide students. For help with graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Making Mummies - WGBH

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Display this online audio slide show and let your students experience the elaborate ritual of preparing a pharaoh's body for burial. Egyptologist Salima Ikram describes the classic,...more
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Display this online audio slide show and let your students experience the elaborate ritual of preparing a pharaoh's body for burial. Egyptologist Salima Ikram describes the classic, 70-day embalming process, cultural beliefs, and religious rites that were practiced throughout procedure. A bit grim, but completely engrossing! Requires FLASH.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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Use the audio slideshow on the interactive whiteboard as an introduction to mummies found in Ancient Egypt. Only a minute and a half long, the slides offer some intriguing information to set the pace for the following unit. A very useful source for a World History classroom.
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A Concrete Curtain - Deutsches Historisches Museum

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8 to 12
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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about...more
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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about the wall's demise, and what life is now like for those who no longer live behind the Curtain. Includes period photographs and a gallery of art work from the East side. Also available in German and French.

tag(s): cold war (29), communism (4), german (64), germany (28)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the cold war in a history or government class. To show what they have learned, have students pick one of the topics and create a digital map summarizing what happened. 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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Journey of Mankind - Bradshaw Foundation

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This beautifully designed site take visitors on an animated 160,000-year virtual migration of man. Beginning in the tropics of East Africa, the illustrated, annotated journey reveals...more
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This beautifully designed site take visitors on an animated 160,000-year virtual migration of man. Beginning in the tropics of East Africa, the illustrated, annotated journey reveals the many climatological events that governed the routes of early man. This is a spectacular resource, perfect as a foundation for a world cultures class, or for a study of world climate in science. The site states that it may require time to load (and it does!). Do not try this one a dial-up. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): migration (59)

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Use this site as an introductory activity during a lesson on human evolution and travel out of man's birthplace. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard, either viewing it as a class or letting students look at it in cooperative learning groups. If using it on the interactive whiteboard, have student volunteers take turns interacting with the timeline - although be sure to pause between every scene to allow understanding and analysis of the material.
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Cover Art: The Time Magazine Collection - National Portrait Gallery

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This impressive collection of magazine cover art represents some of the world's most compelling personalities and some of Time's most memorable art work. You'll find portraits of queens,...more
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This impressive collection of magazine cover art represents some of the world's most compelling personalities and some of Time's most memorable art work. You'll find portraits of queens, presidents, popes, athletes, and entertainers - the famous as well as the infamous. Each portrait is accompanied by brief biographical information and sound clips.

tag(s): famous people (19), news (261)

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This site would be useful in a Art History or US government class studying the impact of the media on politics. Have students explore the site on the interactive whiteboard, allowing them to be hands on with the material - avoid being the Vanna White of the board! As students are navigating the site, focus their attention on how many presidents and political figures are featured - as evidenced on the link entitled "Most Featured Person." This could lead into a great discussion of how exposure can affect politicians, as well as the difference between good and bad press.

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Country Reports - ClassBrain

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Make this resource available for the next round of student reports. Locate a country of choice from the alphabetized list, and browse through an impressive collection of annotated sites...more
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Make this resource available for the next round of student reports. Locate a country of choice from the alphabetized list, and browse through an impressive collection of annotated sites addressing everything from economy and government to foods and cultural events.

tag(s): countries (76)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers about another country. Be sure to post the resource on any student handouts and on your teacher wiki or webpage to allow students to access the information both in and out of the classroom.

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Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption - The Field Museum

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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the ...more
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery - which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome).

tag(s): volcanoes (61)

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Use the interactive time-line on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on ancient Pompeii. Because there is a lot of content on this site, we recommend creating a guide to help students grasp the basic concepts. For help with graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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South Africa: Ten Years On

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The South African policy of apartheid and the changes that have taken place in the ten years since it came to an ended are examined in this multimedia site. Narrated ...more
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The South African policy of apartheid and the changes that have taken place in the ten years since it came to an ended are examined in this multimedia site. Narrated slide shows with personal reflections and impressive photographs provide an unforgettable cultural and social snapshot of a nation evolving.

tag(s): africa (180), south africa (10)

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Use the slide-show presentations on this site as learning centers or stations during a unit on Apartheid. The focus is on the effectiveness the new government has had on ending racial strife, and would be an excellent resource for a class debate. This would be a very useful site for a US government or World History class.
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1492 - An Ongoing Voyage - Library of Congress

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This site from the Library of Congress takes a detailed look at the variety of peoples and civilizations that were thriving on the American continents before they were "discovered"...more
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This site from the Library of Congress takes a detailed look at the variety of peoples and civilizations that were thriving on the American continents before they were "discovered" by the Europeans. The content includes native peoples of the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and North America. Try this one as a counterpoint to a traditional explorers unit, or as part of a study of the Maya, Inca, or other native cultures.

tag(s): explorers (61), native americans (78)

In the Classroom

Use the images on this site to create a picture walk activity in your classroom. Select 10-15 of the more descriptive images, preferably with different subjects. Assign students to stand at specific images, rotating every 30-45 seconds. In that time, students should quickly jot down what they observe, infer and predict about each. After the walk is done, have a class discussion based on the notes that students have taken. This is a great way to introduce the beginnings of the New World in a non-lecture format.

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Religion Facts

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Supplement a World Religions class with this excellent, comprehensive, and easy-to-use site. Impartial facts and useful information on each of the world's major religions are provided...more
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Supplement a World Religions class with this excellent, comprehensive, and easy-to-use site. Impartial facts and useful information on each of the world's major religions are provided along with featured in-depth articles and comparison charts.

tag(s): religions (61)

In the Classroom

The fast facts on this site are a great way for students and teachers to quickly review the principles of a religion before learning about it within a history classroom. Often towards high school, the focus veers from a basic explanation of the religion to more of a discussion on the religion's impact on society. For those needing a refresher, this would be a great way to summarize via interactive whiteboard or projector. Providing students with a greater context can only help their understanding.

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Outside My Window

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8 to 12
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This intriguing, international project connects your classroom with others throughout the world through digital photographs. By capturing views from classroom windows and sharing them...more
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This intriguing, international project connects your classroom with others throughout the world through digital photographs. By capturing views from classroom windows and sharing them via the Internet, students can begin to compare and contrast their lives with those of others living in very different cultures. The project provides opportunities for students to send email messages and join in a discussion forum - so teacher supervision is a must. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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This project and activity is fairly straightforward - just take a look at the project page to get a sense of what it's all about. This idea could easily be incorporated in a geography or world history classroom to increase global awareness and connectivity.

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