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Documenting a Democracy

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The Australian government prepared this site to commemorate the centennial of confederation, celebrated in 2001. It contains a large collection of facts, images and information about...more
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The Australian government prepared this site to commemorate the centennial of confederation, celebrated in 2001. It contains a large collection of facts, images and information about the country that hosted the 2000 Olympics. There are also detailed maps and a timeline.

tag(s): australia (35), olympics (47)

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Use this site to research and learn more about the "land down under." Assign different regions to groups of students to investigate. Each region includes pictures and information. Have students create a mini-research multimedia project to share with the class.

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The Japanese-American Historical Society

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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on ...more
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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on the experiences of Japanese Americans during the war, as well as other resources highlighting the accomplishments of Japanese Americans and their efforts to preserve their ethnic heritage.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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Maps Of Africa

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Special features: great database of African maps. This site offers many different maps on African countries ...anything from vegetation to political (many political). There is also...more
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Special features: great database of African maps. This site offers many different maps on African countries ...anything from vegetation to political (many political). There is also a range in years; some maps date back as far as 1975. This site may be useful if you're looking for specific detail (agriculture in 1994); however, the map files are large and may take a while to download.

tag(s): africa (180), maps (287)

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These maps would be an excellent addition to any civics or world history class. During a unit on Africa, open one of these maps on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Keep the map up during lecture so students can understand the location of events geographically. Geography of Africa is often ignored in schools, so it would certainly be useful to have the map open as a point of reference for students.

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African Voices

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The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but...more
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The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but the African history time-line is the most useful instructional component. It shows African influences in Spain, the New World, and many other places. We hope the content for these sections will expand over time. Still, this is a very useful resource for explaining the evolution and spread of African cultural elements.

tag(s): africa (180), spain (9)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit about the slave trade in Africa or as review. The timeline begins in the 1400's with the Portuguese, and extends until the mid 1800's. What is nice about the timeline is that to access the additional information, you have to click on the specific event. Which means that before you access the event, you can test student knowledge before checking the answer in the background. This would be a great quick review tool at the end of a lesson right before students are about to leave your classroom.

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Africam

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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, ...more
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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, and the speed of your connection will certainly affect the performance, but you can find great images here.

tag(s): africa (180), webcams (6)

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This is an excellent site to supplement a unit on Africa specifically, or one that is focused on different environments over the world. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students look at in pairs or cooperative learning groups. Use the site to show kids how different the African country-side is from their own. Because one can not predict when or where animals will appear, it is probably best to have students check periodically through the day or classroom period. Have students observe the camera-view, and write a comparative piece on the differences between the region shown and their own. Post pictures of the site and students work to display around the classroom during the unit!

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Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently. ...more
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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently.

tag(s): israel (17)

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Use this site as part of a current affairs project within a history or government class. Have students compare the articles they read here with articles from US papers on similar subjects. Have students compare and contrast the articles by bias, coverage, information and focus via research project OR short in class assignment. If using the activity in class, have students compare the two perspectives via Venn Diagram on classroom computers or the Interactive whiteboard. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

tag(s): middle east (30)

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Middle East Information Network

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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources....more
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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources. The site does a reasonable job of remaining balanced in presenting a region in which almost everything has political overtones.

tag(s): middle east (30), religions (61)

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Teachers may find the description of Islam particularly useful.

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The Roman Empire

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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of ...more
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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of its content, which makes it a great starting point for on-line research.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27)

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Although there may not be any current updates on this site, there is a lot of background information that could help students who need catching up do so without being singled out. Use the site as a learning center or station, clearly defining which part students should focus on. Based on what they read, have students create timelines of topics such as political rulers, battles, colonization efforts, factors leading to the fall of Rome, etc. Have students use a tool such as Xtimeline, (reviewed here). This would be great for a World History course.

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The Romans in Britain - BBC

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This site from the BBC takes an understandably Anglo-centric approach to presenting the exploits of the Romans, especially in Britian. The overview of the Roman empire is also worth...more
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This site from the BBC takes an understandably Anglo-centric approach to presenting the exploits of the Romans, especially in Britian. The overview of the Roman empire is also worth a visit. The graphics and presentation are approachable without diluting the content, and the site includes materials for teachers and parents as well.

tag(s): britain (35), romans (35)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Ancient Roman empire. There are pre-prepared worksheets on the site that can not only be used to guide students, but once completed can be used as an informal assessment. This is an excellent resource for a world history classroom.

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Ice Treasures Of The Inca - National Geographic

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National Geographic sites are fantastic. This particular one recreates an expedition in the Andes. Beautiful pictures, maps, and journals, as well as a discussion of prehistory and...more
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National Geographic sites are fantastic. This particular one recreates an expedition in the Andes. Beautiful pictures, maps, and journals, as well as a discussion of prehistory and anthropology.

tag(s): anthropology (11), south america (39)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Mesoamerican Civilizations. Have students complete the site individually or in cooperative learning groups. Because there is a lot of reading involved, this activity would probably work best if lower-level reading students were paired with more advanced readers.

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Egyptian Art & Archaeology

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Use the images in the exhibit for a visual discovery activity. Select 3-4 images, placing them on a slide-show presentation. Have students take notes on each of the images, noting what they observe, infer and predict about each one. After the presentation, have a class discussion based around student notes. This would be great review activity before an assessment, allowing students to apply the knowledge just learned. This would be a great resource for a world history classroom.

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Ancient Egypt

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This site from the British Museum offers a literate, visually attractive, yet very approachable on-line study resource on Egyptian culture, customs, and history. The site has numerous...more
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This site from the British Museum offers a literate, visually attractive, yet very approachable on-line study resource on Egyptian culture, customs, and history. The site has numerous topics and layers, with most content delivered through stories. There are also instructional games and quizzes. Five stars for this one! The games require SHOCKWAVE. The site includes the link to get it, or you can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): egypt (67)

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The "staff room" feature is especially nice for teachers, offering teacher instructions directly from each student page, or in sequence if you prefer.

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Akhnet

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This British site about Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and culture offers lots of photos coupled with personalized commentary about the ways in which the ancient Egyptians buried...more
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This British site about Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and culture offers lots of photos coupled with personalized commentary about the ways in which the ancient Egyptians buried their dead and the state of their tombs today. The design is a little dated, but the information's thousands of years old anyway, and the presentation doesn't suffer for it. Good site for basic student research.

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

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Have students explore this site in cooperative learning groups, researching a specific aspect of Ancient Egyptians and their burial processes. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. The books can help students review and reenforce information through presentation. World History teachers will find this one very useful.

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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)

In the Classroom

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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