Fedflix, the best in government-funded multimedia

May 26, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Like most children going through middle school and high school, I on occasion was shown one of those grainy black-and-white film on the day we had a sub. You know the ones, made during the good … Continued

THOMAS is ready to help you teach government

March 22, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Teaching students how our government works can be a dull subject — two houses, a president, a judicial branch, checks and balances, separation of church and state, we all had the same cookie-cutter run down. But … Continued

Understand world legal systems with JuriGlobe

March 8, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Growing up during the tail end of the Cold War, I heard the phrase “Be happy you don’t live in the U.S.S.R because…” many times in relation to things I felt were unfair. As a child … Continued

Get real-time global statistics Worldometers

February 26, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Need some global statistics to emphasize a point you’re trying to make in an ecology or civics lesson plan? Trying to drive home the point in a health-related lesson about the spread of disease or the … Continued

Argue landmark Supreme Court cases in Argument Wars

February 12, 2010

BY BILL FERRIS Given the polarized public opinion on the direction of American government, a game named Argument Wars seems like the perfect classroom activity to learn about the judicial branch of government. In this classroom game from Our Courts, … Continued

Abe Lincoln, this is your life: The Lincoln Log

January 22, 2010

BY BILL FERRIS The Lincoln Log has nothing to do with those fun wooden playsets you can build houses with. Instead, it’s “A daily chronology of the life of Abraham Lincoln.” Seeing as how Lincoln lived long before people could … Continued

Take your class to the Lincoln Memorial Interactive

December 8, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS I’ve only been to Washington, D.C. once in my life. It was a great trip, and I loved seeing so much American history up-close. The spot that made the greatest impression on me was the Lincoln Memorial, … Continued

Try to balance the state budget with the Backseat Budgeter

September 24, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Try your hand at balancing a state budget with the Colorado Backseat Budgeter, an online application from the Bighorn Leadership Development Program at Colorado State University. The Backseat Budgeter lets you decide how much to spend on … Continued

Random roundup: Library of Congress

June 17, 2009

For this month’s random roundup, we’ve selected the Library of Congress, our nation’s storehouse of pretty much everything worth knowing. As you’d expect, a lot of great resources for teachers have been derived from the Library. See your tax dollars at work.

Take a virtual tour of The White House Museum

May 29, 2009

If the closest your students have been to the White House is Google Maps, consider taking a virtual field trip via The White House Museum. You can look at floor plans, read detailed descriptions of the various floors and rooms, … Continued