Exploring the World in Your Class In the past several years, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) has supported and funded digital games, including Mission US: City of Immigrants, a game about the immigrant experience. You play as Lena Brodsky, a Jewish immigrant in 1907 New York. It’s a great teaching tool: Students quickly realize how difficult it can be to assimilate to a new country. The game includes an Educator Guide with lesson plans and primary sources. I recently spoke with Marc Ruppel, senior program officer at the NEH. Humanities (Online) - Middle Years Programme - IB Store MYP Taskbank: Humanities (Online) is a fully searchable database of approximately 400 MYP Humanities tasks together with additional resources, assessment tools and teacher notes. The extended writing tasks, test questions and assignment tasks in this Taskbank are aligned to MYP: Humanities guide (2012) and are suitable for students in all years of the MYP. Search for tasks using a powerful filtering systemEdit any task online and save to a personalized libraryCreate new tasks and attach criterion tables at the click of a buttonAdd video/audio/high resolution images to any taskPrint tasks directly from the web browser for students
Current Events Sites for Students CNN Student News, now called CNN 10, is one of the most popular sites for student news and current events, but there are many other sites out there that are worth taking a look at. Here are some of the ones that I have used over the last couple of years.KidsPost- This is associated with the Washington Post. This site focuses on important events, but has plenty of fun and entertaining articles as well. PBS NewsHour Extra- News site for students in grades 7-12.
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Resources for Teaching about Veterans Day Veterans Day is next weekend which means this upcoming week will be a great opportunity to visit with students about the meaning of this federal holiday. These resources have suggestions for how students of all ages can honor veterans as well as some activities that can be done schoolwide.Veterans Day Teacher Guide- This 35 page guide is filled with ideas for ways to honor veterans. There are suggestions for what schools can do as a whole as well as activities that individual students can complete.PBS News Hour- 45-minute lesson plan for middle and high school students. Veterans Day Activities- Numerous activities for students elementary students including printouts, worksheets, and poetry activities.Veterans Day FAQ's- Answers about the most common questions regarding Veterans Day.Veterans Day from the History Channel- Articles, speeches, videos, and pictures about Veterans Day.Operation We are Here- Numerous ideas for students of all ages for how to honor veterans.
10 best history apps for iPhone and iPad The days when history was considered a lifeless, irrelevant subject are long gone. Today, people understand the importance of history, both from a global perspective and in terms of our everyday lives. History is about who we are and where we came from, and when it comes to bringing the past alive, your iPhone and iPad are the perfect tools for the job. History apps allow you to combine the best of all worlds, giving you access to all the key details of a past period while allowing you to explore it through photos, video and even interactive 3D. If television made history popular again, your iPad allows it to express itself fully. Despite the fact that apps were made for showcasing history, there aren't that many historical apps out there. The War in Vietnam: 50 Years Later – Amit Shah The following introduction was developed by Amit Shah, Managing Director of Green Comma, as a prologue to the chronological middle and high school text by Tom Barber. Tom is a veteran in education publishing and has been the publisher and editorial director for social studies at the nation’s leading US textbook publishing companies. The material is being offered, free, as a teaching and discussion resource in middle, high school, and freshman college classrooms.
How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces. And it’s part of what defines “participatory learning,” coined by University of Southern California Annenberg Professor Henry Jenkins, who published his first article on the topic “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture,” in 2006. Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade. Source: slavevoyages.org For the full interactive version, use a larger device. Interactive by Andrew Kahn. Background image by Tim Jones.
Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Newspaper Map We have indexed all newspapers and plotted their correct locations, in 39 countries. Might have missed some. And most newspapers in another 199 countries, a bunch of them not in their correct locations. 10 Great Web Tools to Create e-Books for your Classroom I have just finished compiling a list of some must have web-based tools that can allow you to create books.These tools can also be used with students. They are very simple to use and have friendly interfaces. The best way to get students engaged is to make them feel they are responsible for their learning, you can for instance have them paired in small groups and work on a writing project using one of the tools below. Check out the list below and let us know what you think of these book making tools : 1- Blurb
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