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Myhistro allows students to create a story that places events on a map and on a timeline. Students will get not only the historical context, but also the geographic context as well. This site offers a wide array of uses for both history and language arts. The site does require an email and signup. Creations can be linked to in an email or embedded as below.
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I just returned from two fabulous weeks in DC and France as a part of the Albert H Small Teacher/Student Institute that focuses on the D-Day invasion and the sacrafice of individual soldiers for freedom. This institue is open to any teacher who already participates in National History Day or plans to in the coming year. The application process starts in October so if you're interested please follow the link below.
If chosen, you and a student of your choosing will be the guests of George Washington University for about a week and treated to some of the finest historians of World War II and D-Day that are available in the DC area. We had lectures and discussion time from a West Point historian, the Secretary of the Navy's chief historian, and several GW historians. Next you'll be flown to France to tour the D-Day battlefields. Prior to the trip you and your student will conduct research on a local D-Day casuality. At the Omaha Beach American Cemetary your student will present an eulogy to honor your soldier.
It's a wonderful program sposored by National History Day and a wonderfully patriotic man, Albert Small.
Normandy Sacrafice for Freedom Institute
Came accross three interesting sites for history/civics this week. They're Web1.0 but still cool resources to use in the classroom to increase student engagement.
Immigration Explorer- The New York times provides an interactive map that shows census data and where specific immigrant groups were concentrated during that census. The country can be looked at as a whole, or zoomed in and by states/regions.
Mapping History- this site seems to be more geared for Middle School kids and would make a great resource for a web quest. The site uses text and interactive maps to walk students through historical events.
Votetocracy- This site posts what Congress is currently voting on and allows users to vote on the issue as well and see the trend of voting. The biggest lesson here would be the lack of drama on most things Congress votes on. The site also provides data to users about trends in voting and breaks laws down by general topic. The site does require a username and password.
The various presidential libraries offer resources for history teachers with varying degress of quality. All offer primary source materials related to the presidents including written documents, speeches, video/audio, and pictures. The LBJ and Truman libraries have some of the best resources and programs available for teachers and students. The Truman library offers a espionage lesson and interactive activity that requires students to analyze documents as a Russian spy.. The Kennedy library offers an interactive presidential desk including Oval Office tapes from various major events. The Nixon library supplies on their site some of the Watergate tapes, though curiously they are housed on the Ford website.
These libraries are invaluable research sources as well as great road trip destinations. Links to the sites after the jump
This resource has some educational value, though it’s mainly just fun for history teachers and fans to look at and be amazed how places have changed. Whatwasthere.com uses historical photos and Google streetview to demonstrate how places have changed. The site overlays the original picture in the correct place and perspective of Google streetview. It also allows you to fade in and out the original picture to see how well they match and everything that’s changed.