History Sites

My Favorite History Sites:

 ·      Arounder  = http://www.arounder.com/

"AROUNDER gives travelers a vivid sense of what a city has to offer: historical cathedrals and works of art, museums featuring famous artists, local cafes and stores, breathtaking mountain-top views, quiet parks and gardens. Each issue contains a series of interesting panoramas giving you a full immersive view of the cities. Navigation is easy with Google maps of the city and surrounding area. Every issue also links to local merchants with virtual tours of hotels, restaurants, spas and stores."

My take: I hope that in my future classrooms I am better able to utilize sites such as this that are able to transport students or individuals via these amazing photographs to the cultures we study in my classroom. This would be a great site for those looking to travel or those looking to better understand a foreign place.

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·      BBC Witness Podcast = http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/witness

"Witness - history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to people who lived through moments of history to bring you a personal perspective on world events.”

My take: This is a great site for history students and teachers to utilize interviews. These podcasts provide a valuable perspective that is often unavailable for students - the BBC Witness homepage offers links to additional resources related to each of the podcast episodes. I recommend this podcast to any history teacher, history enthusiast, or history student..

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·      Critical Past = http://www.criticalpast.com/

"View more than 57,000 historic videos and 7 million photos for FREE in one of the world's largest collections of royalty-free archival stock footage. Offering immediate downloads in more than 10 SD and HD formats, including screeners in all formats..” 

My take: A must visit for any social studies teacher. Great resources and information.

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·      Geo Sense = http://www.geosense.net/

 “An Atlas and a Game to learn Worldwide Geography" 

My take: An easy to play geography game where you try to identify city locations. I am interested to check out the available App version. I still prefer other versions of this game but the App possibility is something I need to check out with the iPad pilot in the district.

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·      HSI: Historical Scene Investigation = http://web.wm.edu/hsi/index.html

Investigate history through primary documents and images."

My take:  Very cool way to help students investigate and examine primary documents. Students take on a case and try to construct their answers based upon primary documents. At the conclusion of their investigation students need to answer questions and decide if the case should be closed or if more investigation is necessary.

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·      Historical Thinking Matters = http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/

"Welcome to Historical Thinking Matters, a website focused on key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives"

My take: Simply great - I love this site - it allows students to critically examine and understand point of view and bias when reading primary sources.

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·      HistoryBuff = http://www.historybuff.com/

"Welcome to HistoryBuff.com, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary source material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years. Our latest addition is panoramas of historic sites in America.."

My take: Any site that provides primary sources is a site I will bookmark. This is not the easiest site to navigate but the resources available should be examined by any history teacher.

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·      History For Music Lovers = http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=historyteachers#g/u

"Music about history"

My take: I This site offers musical parodies that would be great hooks to begin a unit or great fun ways to have students cross check their information with the songs version at the end of a unit. I highly recommend searching this YouTube portal to see if any of the songs fit your units or objectives.

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·      History For Music Lovers = http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=historyteachers#g/u

"Music about history"

My take: I This site offers musical parodies that would be great hooks to begin a unit or great fun ways to have students cross check their information with the songs version at the end of a unit. I highly recommend searching this YouTube portal to see if any of the songs fit your units or objectives.

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·      I Witness = http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/

"IWitness is an online application that gives educators and students access to search, watch, and learn from more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses."

My take:  Site registration is required. My students investigate the basic questions for the Holocaust, Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda case studies looking into Genocide. I work to have my students understand the background information but also listen to survivor testimony. This site is an amazing must visit site for any educator teaching genocide. I highly recommend checking out I Witness

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·      Newswordy = http://newswordy.com/

"Buzzwords are frequently used in news media. These are words that do not typically occur in everyday speech, but are common among newscasters, talking heads, and pundits on cable news...Newswordy is a growing collection of these words, updated every weekday. Along with each word is a definition, a quote with its use (or misuse) in the media, and a news and Twitter feed on the subject."

My take: An amazing site that helps build a students vocabulary. My colleagues and I are attempting to place a greater emphasis on vocabulary with our middle school students and this website provides a perfect bridge between vocabulary and current events. Every Friday my students participate in Current Event Friday where they examine, research, and work to understand the latest news. This site will become a central component to this weekly lesson. I highly recommend educators to check out this site.

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·      Newsy.com = http://www.newsy.com/

“multisource video news analysis.” More in their own words "Newsy.com is a multi-source online video news site that monitors, analyzes and presents the world's news coverage. In an increasingly connected world, access to multiple sources of news is in demand by global citizens. News sources are abundant yet redundant. Newsy.com delivers context with convenience to help keep you better informed. Through short video segments available on the web and mobile devices, Newsy.com offers a way to accelerate your global understanding of a news story. Newsy.com takes a step back to show how the world's news organizations are reporting a story - providing an unprecedented global and macro point of view.  You'll find CNN right next to Al Jazeera, the BBC right next to ABC. Newsy.com also covers major newspapers, news magazines as well as top blogs from around the world. What are the nuances in reporting? Who has a unique insight? By monitoring the world's new coverage, we provide immediate analysis of news perspectives so you can form your own opinion. You'll find it an informative and a convenient resource that you will want to check daily. Global access to multiple sources helps provide the real story, Newsy.com."

My take: I am a big fan of this site - it was passed on to me by a parent of one of my students and I believe this site makes understanding the news easier - in addition, the site presents the concept of point of view and bias in a way students can understand - I like the concept of perception and it is a constant part of my class this site helps explain this idea as well as provide students a place to explore independently - I highly recommend this site it is one of my favorites

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·      ProCon.org = http://www.procon.org/

“We promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting research on controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format.  Our websites are free, unbiased, and updated periodically.”

My take: Student debates allows for students to learn research skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills - debates are sometimes difficult to research however as finding pros and cons can be difficult. This site offers multiple points of view on controversial topics. I highly recommend this site and am adding it to my favorites.

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·      VideoGraphics = http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL800D5CBC2E5E1AE4

“Videographics by EconomistMagazine.”

My take: Economist Magazine's Videographics is a great site that details history in short videos.narrated graphics to explain timely topics like Unrest in the Arab World, A History of Modern Sudan, and the FIFA World Cup.

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·      American Experience = http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

"TVs most-watched history series - Every year AMERICAN EXPERIENCE works to bring our viewers a line up of films that reflect a wide swath of American history, from little known stories that inform contemporary America to biographies on American icons and fresh perspectives on familiar events."

My take: A PBS site that is a great resource for American history teachers to search. I recommend this site for history teachers.

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·      American History 102 = http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/

"Civil War to the present - Professor Stanley K. Schultz provides material to understand American history."

My take: An interesting collection ranging from web based lectures, student notes, satirical analogy between Hitchhiker's Guide and understanding American history, biographies, photos, and even more.

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·      American Rhetoric = http://www.americanrhetoric.com/

"Rationalize rhetoric and it speaks to your mind, personify her and she speaks to your soul."

My take: A database of more than 5000 speeches, texts, audio and video. .

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·      Archiving Early America = http://www.earlyamerica.com/

"Here at Archiving Early America you will discover a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, magazines, maps and writings come to life just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than 250 years ago. "

My take: A site that contains great primary sources from the 18th century - a useful place to search for American history teachers.

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·      Armenian Genocide Resource Library for Teachers = http://www.teachgenocide.com/

"The site was published for secondary school teachers by the Genocide Education Project. "

My take: The site offers teaching guides, videos, books, websites, documents & maps, resource kids, survivor accounts, educational posters, US News Accounts, history of other genocides, and workshops and events. This resource library is invaluable for anyone teaching a genocide unit. I utilize this site often during my own 10 week genocide unit.

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 ·      Arounder  = http://www.arounder.com/

"AROUNDER gives travelers a vivid sense of what a city has to offer: historical cathedrals and works of art, museums featuring famous artists, local cafes and stores, breathtaking mountain-top views, quiet parks and gardens. Each issue contains a series of interesting panoramas giving you a full immersive view of the cities. Navigation is easy with Google maps of the city and surrounding area. Every issue also links to local merchants with virtual tours of hotels, restaurants, spas and stores."

My take: I hope that in my future classrooms I am better able to utilize sites such as this that are able to transport students or individuals via these amazing photographs to the cultures we study in my classroom. This would be a great site for those looking to travel or those looking to better understand a foreign place.

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·      Avalon Project = http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp

"Documents in history, law, diplomacy”

My take: Avalon Project produced by Yale University - provides digital copies of hundreds of primary sources from many US history topics. Better suited for high school courses

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·      BBC Witness Podcast = http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/witness

"Witness - history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to people who lived through moments of history to bring you a personal perspective on world events.”

My take: This is a great site for history students and teachers to utilize interviews. These podcasts provide a valuable perspective that is often unavailable for students - the BBC Witness homepage offers links to additional resources related to each of the podcast episodes. I recommend this podcast to any history teacher, history enthusiast, or history student..

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·      Center for History and New Media = http://chnm.gmu.edu/

“CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year CHNM’s many project websites receive over 16 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.”

My take: This site works well if you are researching a topic and are looking for primary sources or research to present to a class. Can be difficult for middle age students to navigate.

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·      Country Profiles = http://www.fsmitha.com/world/countries.htm

“Maps. Country Profiles.”

My take: Country profiles and maps that is a helpful resource for a history teacher or student to consult.

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·       Digital Collections & Programs (Library of Congress) = http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html

“Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services” 

My take: This site is great for US History teachers looking to present primary sources

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       Digital History = http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

"Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research"

My take: This site has multimedia resources, timelines, a textbook, and more. It is a great source for learning about US history.

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·      Docs Teach = http://docsteach.org/

“Bring history to life for your students.”

My take: Great site for teaching history and culture to students through the use of a variety of sources. There are different types of documents available through the National Archive. In addition to being a great resource the site provides a network for teachers to share resources. I highly recommend this site

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·      Earth Pulse = http://earthpulse.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/index.html

"The state of the Earth 2010"

My take: This site is a great way to examine the current state of the earth in essays, photos, statistics, and other media."

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·      EyeWitness to History = http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/

"History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming."

My take: Primary sources are an integral part of any critical examination of history - it is important when helping students learn about interpreting different points of view and forming their own points of view.

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·      FedFlix = http://www.archive.org/details/FedFlix

Welcome to FedFlix, Joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. Here we feature the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.

My take: Great site for government videos - offers videos that are helpful for history teaches especially I recommend this site and look forward to using the resources in my classroom.

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·      Free Documentaries = http://www.freedocumentaries.org/search.php

"The Truth is Free."

My take: I stumbled across this site and this is a wonderful resource with tremendous library of documentaries. I highly recommend this site.

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       Footnote = http://www.footnote.com/

"At Footnote.com you can view the most exciting original source documents available for the first time on the internet "

My take: An amazing site with primary sources for numerous points in world history - a great place to use if you have units on The Civil War, World War I and World War II, Black History month, The Holocaust, Vietnam, and much more.

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·      Geo Cube = http://www.geo-cube.eu/

 “The world of geography at your fingertips"

My take: This site has websites linked by topic in the form of a rubric cube type figure online - visually appealing but limited topics to choose from

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·      Geo Edu = http://www.geoedu.info/index.html

 “An Atlas and a Game to learn Worldwide Geography"

My take: You must download the game an atlas - but this game offers 108,804 Questions based off an atlas helping students learn about analyzing information and much more

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·      Glencoe/McGraw Hill Video Library = http://www.glencoe.com/sites/ss_modules/videos/tajmt_09/TAJMT_09.html

 “The American Journey Modern Times: Spotlight Videos"

My take: More than 60 videos that can help introduce several themes for US history teachers - videos cannot be embedded bu the direct links can be shared to help introduce these key points in US history

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·      Go Social Studies Go = http://www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/

 “Making social studies cool again" 

My take: Broken down into several sections: American History, World History, World Geography, Global Religions, Cool Websites, Cramstoppers - this site is a must visit for any social studies teacher.

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·      HSI: Historical Scene Investigation = http://web.wm.edu/hsi/index.html

Investigate history through primary documents and images."

My take:  Very cool way to help students investigate and examine primary documents. Students take on a case and try to construct their answers based upon primary documents. At the conclusion of their investigation students need to answer questions and decide if the case should be closed or if more investigation is necessary.

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Historic Earth= http://historyanimated.com/newhistoryanimated/

"Formed to create a historic digital map database of North America and the world. Drawing on the largest physical collection of American property atlases of its type, it is our aim to be the single best online destination for map enthusiasts and researchers alike.."

My take: I cruised around this site and while it is impressive for atlases, maps, nautical maps it is difficult for me to envision this site being useful for my middle school student use. If I am in search of a map I may use this site.

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·      Historic Maps in the K-12 Classroom = http://www.newberry.org/K12maps/module_index/index.html

“Important historical maps sorted by category."

My take: Limited maps available but if they apply to your subject very interesting source.

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·      Historical Thinking Matters = http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/

"Welcome to Historical Thinking Matters, a website focused on key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives"

My take: Simply great - I love this site - it allows students to critically examine and understand point of view and bias when reading primary sources.

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·      Historical Newspapers Online = http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/guides/hist/onlinenewspapers.html

“This table provides a list of historical U.S. newspapers that are available online at no cost. Newspapers available for free through Google News Historical Archives and Newspaperarchives.com are listed individually as I identify them. Newspapers available through Chronicling America and state digitization projects are usually listed as a group. For instance, under "Wyoming" I have not listed every newspaper digitized in the project but simply described what is available." 

My take: Historical papers are gerat for US History teachers. Site is well worth a look. 

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·      Historvius = http://www.historvius.com/

Historvius helps you discover the world’s historic sites, from the most famous national treasures to the oft-forgotten hidden gems. You’ll get information on each historic site, directions, entry and contact details and comments from other users – everything you need for your perfect historic holiday.
 
Whether you’ve already booked your trip, are seeking inspiration or are just passionate about one particular period in history, our map-based database of historic sites and destinations lets you explore the historic world from the comfort of your computer
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My take: A site that allows you to examine history through visuals and other artifacts. It is a collection of sites that are all located at Historvius.

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·      History Animated= http://historyanimated.com/newhistoryanimated/

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good animation is worth ten thousand. After reading book after book about the Pacific War and finding only complicated maps with dotted lines and dashed lines crisscrossing the pages, we decided to depict the key naval and land battles using animation technology."

My take: I love this site - it is a great site for any history teacher - search for animations that will elevate your current themes and lessons. I highly recommend bookmarking and using this site often

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·      History For Music Lovers = http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=historyteachers#g/u

"Music about history"

My take: I This site offers musical parodies that would be great hooks to begin a unit or great fun ways to have students cross check their information with the songs version at the end of a unit. I highly recommend searching this YouTube portal to see if any of the songs fit your units or objectives.

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·      Imperial History of the Middle East = http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf

"Who has conquered the Middle East over the course of world events? See 5,000 years of history in 90 seconds"

My take: This visual map is a simple 90 second overview of the Middle East -this would be a great start to a Middle East unit

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·      iCue = http://www.icue.com/

"iCue was designed to help students and lifelong learners interact with content in ways never before possible, with access to thousands of current and historic videos and other resources incorporated into fun games and activities."

My take: Site would be helpful for high school or college students looking to individually investigate historical situations

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·      Landmark Supreme Court Cases = http://www.landmarkcases.org/

“Researching and understanding important court cases that have altered the United States society.”

My take: Helpful if you are looking into court cases but very specific focus. Difficult for middle school students to use.

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·      Living Room Candidate = http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/

“Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2008"

My take: Fabulous source for propaganda material and understanding the history of American politics. Great for US History classes.

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·      Newspaper24 = http://www.newspapers24.com/

"12,000 newspapers. 24 hours news one site"

My take: A site that links to over 12,000 newspapers is great for any social studies teacher. The site allows for a easy access to world wide news from many different points of view. Great for social studies teacher working on world news.

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·      Mapeas = http://mapeas.com/

"Here at Mapeas we are placing world news on a world map"

My take: This is helpful for students searching for world news. The site is easy to use. The news is presented in a clear manner - a drawback is there is no way to know the reading level for the articles before clicking on the map - I still recommend this site.

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·      MappedUp = http://www.mappedup.com/

"MappedUp is an application that tracks a large number of RSS news sources and displays their latest items on a world map."

My take: Great site to find news based on location. The visual interface is easy to use and I recommend this site for any current event type projects or research.

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·      Mapfaire = http://www.mapfaire.com/

"Here at Mapeas we are placing world news on a world map"

My take: Limited site currently to create maps. However, there are plans soon to expand and allow more options. This clean interface and format make me believe this site will be even better - I recommend this site as is and expect continued improvements to occur.

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·      Mapping Worlds = http://show.mappingworlds.com/

“A different way to look at the world. Interactive maps that show the US and the World in a different way”

My take: Shows demographic information visually but I prefer the site below Maps of War

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·      Maps of War = http://www.mapsofwar.com/index.html

“Maps of War…Visual history of war, religion, and government”

My take: Breaks down the world through visual maps - see the world in terms of government, religion, government, social problems - great for visual learners or for showing the spread of ideas across the globe.

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·      Media Burn= http://www.mediaburn.org/

"The Media Burn Archive is a collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to the present. ."

My take: I am always searching for sites that have video databases. I often must use YouTube - and luckily for me my district does not block the use of YouTube. This site however has a great archive of video that is a great place to search to find alternative points of view to show and explain to students.

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·      Museum Box = http://museumbox.e2bn.org/

"Welcome to Museum Box, This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others."

My take: This is an interesting site that allows a unique perspective and challenge for students. This site allows the opportunity to engage students in more abstract thinking - trying to find objects that represent their point of view or ideas. I think this site has great potential and I look forward to including it as an option during assessments for several units this year. I highly recommend this site -

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·      MyGreatWorld = http://www.mygreatworld.com/

"Your spot related photo community"

My take: Information from this site is helpful if you are looking for photographs from a specific location. I much prefer other sites and search engines. But this site holds promise as the community builds and grows.

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·      My Wonderful World = http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/index.html

“My Wonderful World is a national campaign to Give kids the power of global knowledge"

My take:  This site provides great lesson plans, games, videos, and visual aids for teaching and learning geography. My Wonderful World also has a Youtube channel where teachers will find educational geography videos.

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·      Old World Radio - http://www.oldradioworld.com/shows/Voices_of_History.php

“Voices of history archive. Listen to some of the most famous speeches and broadcasts of the yesteryear"

My take: A great resource of speeches and broadcasts from the past - the site is updated to include additional resources regularly.

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·      Old World Radio - http://www.oldradioworld.com/shows/Voices_of_History.php

“Voices of history archive. Listen to some of the most famous speeches and broadcasts of the yesteryear"

My take: A great resource of speeches and broadcasts from the past - the site is updated to include additional resources regularly.

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·      OverlapMaps = http://overlapmaps.com/

“An Overlap Map is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. Overlap Maps show relative size.”

My take: I believe this is a great site for history teachers. As a 7th grade social studies teacher I often am working with students to understand geography. Size seems like a simple and easy part of geography but students - and many adults too - have a misconception to the size of different places and this site quickly allows users to see size comparisons. I recommend checking out OverlapMaps.

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·      Picturing America= http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/index.php?sec=home

"Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from National Endowment for the Humanities, bring masterpieces of American art into the classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper understanding of our country's history and character through the study and understanding of its art"

My take: This site would be helpful for US History classes or for Art classes looking to foster units cross curriculum -

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·      Playing History = http://playinghistory.org/

“Source for historical games.”

My take: The games I have explored are helpful but I am just beginning to investigate this site to connect what games work with each unit. 

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·      ProCon.org = http://www.procon.org/

“We promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting research on controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format.  Our websites are free, unbiased, and updated periodically.”

My take: Student debates allows for students to learn research skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills - debates are sometimes difficult to research however as finding pros and cons can be difficult. This site offers multiple points of view on controversial topics. I highly recommend this site and am adding it to my favorites.

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·      QuizGeo = http://www.quizgeo.com/

"QuizGeo allows you to create and play quizzes based on geography using Google Maps. This can include anything from locating all of the countries in the world to locating all of the playground equipment at your local park or school. Since you place the questions on the map you can decide how large of an area your quiz will encompass"

My take: Easy to create quizzes - in addition, you can use quizzes already created to test your students knowledge- Beta version.

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·      Qwiki = http://www.qwiki.com/

"Qwiki's goal is to forever improve the way people experience information."

My take: Amazing site - this site is only expanding and improving. This multimedia encyclopedia is a great way for students to access information - please visit Qwiki and support this site. This site has the potential to be a terrific educational experience. I highly recommend this site and am adding this to my favorites.

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·      RagLinen = http://raglinen.com/

“Rag Linen is an educational archive of rare and historic newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and educators.”

My take: Primary source documents are an essential component for history classes - this site offers a great place to search for historic newspapers from the past. This would be great for US History teachers.

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·      Remix America = http://remixamerica.org/

“Remix America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit in-browser editing tool that allows citizens around the country to remix the great words and speeches of American History with the hot button issues of today”

My take: This site has been fun to explore but I have not employed anything I have created into the classroom but for a US History class this site could allow a cool project opportunity for students to remix past speeches to speak to today's issues.

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       Smithsonian's History Explorer = http://historyexplorer.americanhistory.si.edu/

"Your gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History. The Museum is a proud partner with Verizon Thinkfinity. Visit the NEW thinkfinity.org Web site to find multidisciplinary content for all subjects, K-12."

My take: Smithsonian is a great resource - a resource that often puts forth great material - their website is no different - site provides a wealth of resources to research and utilize in the classroom.

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·      Smithsonian Source = http://www.smithsoniansource.org/

"Bring life to history - Find teacher-selected resources that allow you to peer over the historians shoulder and share the excitement of discovery."

My take: As I have stated before Smithsonian is a great resource - again they successful present great information that any history teacher should investigate

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·      Talking History = http://www.talkinghistory.org/

"Talking History, based at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is a production, distribution, and instructional center for all forms of "aural" history. Our mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere"

My take: I site to search as a history teacher for oral histories.

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·      Target Map = http://www.targetmap.com/

"Create your own map"

My take: Allows you to create visual displays of data sets; great for maps, cartographs, and more - you can use their data or input your own

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·      Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust = http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/resource.htm

“Online teacher's guide to to the Holocaust"

My take: The site offers a relatively comprehensive outline and library of resources. I have chosen my favorites and try to integrate them into my class unit on genocide. The unit requires that you constantly seek the best and most appropriate material available.

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·      The Map Room A Weblog About Maps = http://www.mcwetboy.net/maproom/

“A Weblog about maps"

My take: This blog is a great source for history teachers to find lessons about maps - and it is constantly updating with new ideas and resources. Geography teachers subscribe to this blog .

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·      The Online Television Museum = http://www.tv-ark.org.uk/

“The Online Television Museum"

My take: This site would be helpful for study American culture during the 60s, 70s, 80s, till the present - it shows how television has adapted and changed. It is a great resource also if you are trying to relive some past television favorites that you thought were lost forever.

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·      The Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century = http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/

"Bring the resources of the Presidential Libraries into the classroom with these educational activities."

My take: This site can help students learn about the presidents of the United States. For specific research on presidents this is a helpful site.

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·      Think About History Trivia Game = http://www.history.com/genericContent.do?id=56082

“Triva game presented by www.history.com. Test your knowledge”

My take: Offers great opportunity for differentiation. I look forward to continuing to integrate this material into my course.

Tags: Games and Quizzes History Sites
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·      TimeSearch = http://www.timesearch.info/timesearch/

“Search the web through timelines"

My take: Helpful tool for history teachers trying to illustrate the importance and use of timelines.

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·      Timetoast.com = http://www.timetoast.com/

“Create timelines, share them on the web. Timetoast is a great way to share the past, or even the future...Creating timeline takes minutes, it's as simple as can be

My take: Easy to use site - students can create timelines easily and quickly. I recommend this site for history teachers.

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·      Timelines.com = http://timelines.com/

“Look at timelines created by others or create your own as an individual or as apart of a class.” 

My take: Site allows students to create timelines - could also be used by teachers to help illustrate the progression of a society or culture.

Tags: Create Visuals Random 

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·      TimeRime.com = http://www.timerime.com/

“Create free timelines and share them with the world.” 

My take: Students can create timelines in English or Spanish - it is easy to embed timelines into webpages or blogs. Students can create timelines with audio and visual components.

TagsCreate Visuals Random
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·      Tripline= http://www.tripline.net/

"Make plans, share links, share photos, tell stories, keep in touch"

My take: Making a trip timeline looks very fun and after trying it - I could see how this would be fun to share with friends. I can see how you could adapt this to the classroom - you could have students follow a historic journey and embed photos and tell the story of what happened - or for Language Arts classrooms you could have students use this in a autobiography project - this site has the capabilities if you have the plan

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·      US Holocaust Memorial Museum- Propaganda Exhibit = http://www.ushmm.org/propaganda/

My take: I enjoy how this site explains and ties in propaganda to the Holocaust. I teach an entire unit on Genocide and find this site helpful in explaining a complex issue.

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·      Tours from Above = http://toursfromabove.com/

"Aerial Views of Cities."

My take: A unique look at cities from above. Beautiful examples of aerial photography. Very fun site to check out especially if you are looking to travel.

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·      TwHistory = http://twhistory.org/

"Those who forget history are doomed to re-tweet it"

My take: Another interesting use of Twitter for teachers - this site is interactive and educational. I recommend all history teachers check it out.

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·      VideoGraphics = http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL800D5CBC2E5E1AE4

“Videographics by EconomistMagazine.”

My take: Economist Magazine's Videographics is a great site that details history in short videos.narrated graphics to explain timely topics like Unrest in the Arab World, A History of Modern Sudan, and the FIFA World Cup.

Tags: History Sites Media Resources

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·      VirtualMuseum = http://www.europeanvirtualmuseum.net/virtual_museum/virtual_museum.asp?lingua=en&tab=0

“The Virtual Museum has been realised through digital environments and 3-D images so as to give visibility to a few of the most remarkable artefacts included in the collections of the Museums involved in the project. To these artefacts have been linked thematic routes and touristic-cultural itineraries created on purpose. The overall resources valorised by this innovative product, demonstrate the common ancient matrix on which Europe is founded since prehistoric times, guiding visitors to the discovery of our shared European cultural heritage. The various thematic routes available design a unique experience of a friendly, highly accessible visit of the Virtual Museum. Visitors are made free to choose objects, themes, language and criteria on which they want to base their virtual journey.

My take: A stunning collection of museum videos, photos, and so much more. A great place to search for artifacts and primary sources that can provide students another point of view. A great site for all social studies teachers.

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·      WeavingHistory = http://www.weavinghistory.org/

"Create 'factlets' — places, people, events — and string them together into 'threads' at the click of a button. Automatically visualize the results temporally and spatially, search by any attribute, automatically import Wikipedia articles and much more ...  To get an idea of what's possible check out this thread about the Napoleonic Wars or this one about Shakespeare's Life and Works"

My take:
Site allows you to create threads of information using timelines and maps. All history teachers should examine this site and see if this site fits into their units. The site utilizes Wikipedia articles - there are two views: 'chrono view' and 'geochrono view." I recommend history teachers to check out this site

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·      Who Am I? = http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/resources/whoami/whoami.html
"Smithsonians Who Am I? A History Mystery."


My take:
To solve the mystery players have to read text and image clues that are provided and match the visual artifacts to each of the 6 characters. This site is limited with only 6 characters.

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·      Wikihood = http://www.wikihood.com

"Wikihood's ultimate goal is to organize the world's knowledge - stored  in the Wikipedia - for any location worldwide, accessible to anyone anywhere."


My take: 
This site organizes wikipedia information by geographical location. This site combines Google Maps with Wikipedia. It is a great place to start when beginning to research a region. There is an iPad and iPhone app too.

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·     Wonderlust = http://awesome.good.is/features/011/Wanderlust/index.html

“Good maps out of the worlds greatest journey's from Magellan to Kerouac.”

My take: Site is limited to a small number of maps but if you are looking for one of the following historical journeys: Around the world in 80 days, Electric Kool-aid acid test trip, Lewis and Clark expedition, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Magellan's Circumnavigation, the Old Silk Road, Voyages of Marco Polo, and more you should must check out this site.

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·      World Clock = http://www.shambles.net/worldclock/worldclock.swf

“Great demographic information that is constantly updated”

My take: Specific use to show how information is constantly updated

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·      World Digital Library = http://www.wdl.org/en/

 “The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.”

My take: A helpful place to search if you are looking for something from world culture - a resource to search

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·      WorldHistory = http://www.worldhistory.com/

 “Create your own biography timeline and map, add your ancestors and view them on a historical map. Interactive Maps, Timelines, Videos, Geocoded Photos, and Museum Artifacts await you on WorldHistory.com”

My take: A site to look for maps and timelines - you are able to create your own timelines which can be helpful for some students to study and organize the main ideas taking place in the classroom.

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·      WorldMapper = http://www.worldmapper.org/

“Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.
There are now nearly 700 maps. Maps 1-366 are also available as PDF posters. Use the menu above to find a map of interest. To learn a little more about this and other map projections read this: Worldmapper and map projections.
We recently added a new series of maps of the world's population using a new mapping technique:”

My take: A great site to look for maps or visual graphics - this site was a great help for my Geography lessons

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·      World Savvy Monitor = https://www.worldsavvy.org/monitor/index.php

 “Helping Educators Understand the Global Community.”

My take: Any site that helps me better comprehend current event issues is welcomed - the site claims "a one-stop shop for educators to enhance their understanding of global affairs and integrate current events into classroom instruction."

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