From lesson plans based on national curriculum standards to professional development opportunities to college-level historic preservation course outlines, the National Park Service has tools that can help enliven classroom presentations and engage students in learning about history.
Taking notes in the form of a mind map while reading a book or article can be a great help to memorize the information we are presented with. Why?
Because mind maps encourage us to break information down into smaller, more manageable chunksBecause they capture the key concepts of a topic, show relationships and connections at a glanceBecause they stimulate our brainBecause they are perfect for later revisions of the material
The Price of Freedom is a multimedia timeline of history of American wars. The timeline is hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Students navigate the timeline by selecting one of the conflicts highlighted on the timeline. After making a selection students are sent to an online exhibit that features a timeline of that conflict. Within the timeline of each conflict students will find the causes and outcomes of the conflict. Short videos, images, and primary source documents are included throughout the Price of Freedom timeline.
Biz e-Town is a virtual town square where young children from Key Stages 1 and 2 can flex their enterprise skills by setting up their own business.
Drawing upon children's existing experience and providing new challenges, Biz e-Town helps children get involved in enterprise by engaging with their very own business. Whatever business they choose, the children will experience what it is like to set up and manage a business in a wonderful 3D town, thinking about everything from what kind of business they will run, to what their competitors are doing.
Help children plan a story or prepare for a special event, or let teens review memories and stories from the past. The Timeline tool allows them to create and organize events—real and imagined—that automatically become active links, letting users navigate easily among events on the Timeline.
Who are the most influential figures in American history? We asked 10 eminent historians. The result, collected here, is The Atlantic’s 100 picks. (More on America’s most influential filmmakers, musicians, critics, architects, and poets—and how we put these lists together—below.)
Breaking News is Russel Tarr's latest creation on ClassTools.net. Breaking News is a template for creating fake breaking news screens like those that you might see on CNN or BBC News. Russel sent me a Twitter message about Breaking News this morning and I quickly tried my hand at making a fake breaking news screen. Through the template you can add a news headline, a ticker, a location, and custom background image. After completing the template you can download your news screen as an image or host it online at Imgur.
Gain insights into the American evacuation of Saigon and the Vietnamese refugee experience through some moving personal accounts of bravery and perseverance in this collection of media resources from American Experience. The collection features classroom resources from the Academy Award®-nominated film, Last Days in Vietnam, and from the First Days Story Project, a collaboration with the oral history project StoryCorps. The resources present the perspectives of people who were there, and desc
Russel Tarr's Mission Map Quest allows you to build your own geography games. Mission Map Quest is a map-based tool for creating virtual treasure hunts. The concept is simple, you create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your Map Quest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your Quest just give them the web address of the challenge or have them scan the QR code assigned to your Quest.
When Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on June 28 1914, few could have known it would reverberate for four years of brutal war, leading to the fall of three European empires and revolution in what would become the Soviet Union. The past 100 years have seen another World War and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, but much of present-day Europe is based on the lines drawn following the conflict sparked by Princip's bullet.
In this section you will find a wealth of assets and media from the vast collections of Florentine Films. In addition to film clips and video interviews with preeminent historians and cultural observers, there are hundreds of collected photographs and primary source materials.
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