This museum, located in New Orleans, has put together many multidisciplinary WWII resources. There are amazing primary sources, science lessons discussing the technology and scientific advancements during the war, and of course, many high quality, highly engaging historical references. And because most teachers cannot actually take their students to the museum, they offer a number of virtual field trips guided by a museum educator. During these “trips,” students are able to analyze maps, photographs, artifacts, posters, speeches, and songs as they explore WWII history.
The National Science Foundation has an easy to search Classroom Resources link where K-12 and higher education teachers can find lesson plans and teaching resources to help their students grasp difficult science concepts or to compliment a lesson.
Looking for trustworthy and engaging science current events? Don’t forget to check out the BBC News: Science and Environment site. They maintain up-to-date current events as well as articles and news stories that kids of all ages will enjoy, such as the hidden dangers of being an astronaut, or how fish and chips are harming the eider ducks.
This is an amazing site with 8,007,019 items from libraries, archives, and museums that are sure to be engaging for both students and teachers. This site has amazing search capabilities that are easy to use for everyone. Be sure to check out the timeline tab as well! Students can click on a time in history and view resources about the events that were occurring. Overall, the organization of these resources makes exploring fun and searching easy but it is daunting for students under middle school age.
If you are teaching US history and looking for some student friendly, engaging primary sources try the National Archives site http://www.archives.gov. Once there, you have access to materials that can help students and teachers research their history as well as the country’s history. Be aware, though, that the site is not designed for students so there may be a learning curve involved. The more defined the student’s search topics are, the easier the site is to use. Click on Teacher’s Resources http://www.archives.gov/education/, for ready to use lesson plans and advice on which documents are particularly student friendly.
Ever wish that you could take your students to the Library of Congress? Well now you can virtually take them by visiting the site http://www.loc.gov. While the amount of information available is overwhelming and a little tricky to navigate, teachers and students have free access to our largest library’s online collection of multimedia resources.
Connect, collaborate, and embed using Twiducate, a private social networking site. This site is free, safe, and easy to use. Teachers register, then allow students to join the site and monitor all activity. Students can meet on the site to answer questions, collaborate, and embed pictures and videos while the teacher maintains control over who is invited and what is posted.
This cloud based teaching tool was developed to help teachers manage time and use their time well by increasing engagement, integrating resources, and improving accountability. Teachers can plan lessons and assignments, receive emails, grade assignments, collaborate with other educators, gather resources, communicate with parents, and more, all from one platform. Check out this video to learn more.
Online safety is an increasing concern as classrooms and schools take on 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device initiatives. Gaggle was designed for the K-12 classroom as a way to build and maintain connections with students, parents, and educators in an easy, safe and controlled environment. Here are a few tools that are available through Gaggle: paperless classroom assignments, email, class pages, digital lockers, discussion boards, student and teacher blogs, calendars, SMS texting, and more!
AMSER is a free educational resource portal contains a collection of over 30,000 STEM resources made accessible through an easily searchable database. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library. Users create a free account and then search, save, organize, and share their resources.