Sunday, July 12, 2015
Blog Post 13 -What Did I Leave Out?
My area of specialty is history. I am going to list websites that are helpful SPECIFICALLY to history teachers and to students studying history!
BBC History has a history section that offers a notable collection of exhibitions, activities, games, photo galleries and other resources. Main categories include: British History, Ancient History, Archaeology, Church and State, Science and Discovery, Society and Conflict, War and Culture, and Family History. There are furthermore sections entitled Multimedia Room, Historic Figures, Timelines, Programmes, Reading Room, Talk History, For Kids, and History Trails.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) offers support for social studies educators. Links are categorized by themes of the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Teachers share classroom experiences at the site and on the NCSS listserv. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.
The Smithsonian Education site is divided simply into three main categories: Educators, Families, and Students. The Educators section is keyword searchable and features lesson plans — many pertaining to history. The Students section features an interactive “Secrets of the Smithsonian” that teaches about the special collections at the Smithsonian. It provides extensive digital access to Smithsonian collections, programs, and learning resources.
The HistoryNewsNetwork features articles by historians on both the left and the right who provide historical perspective on current events. HNN exists to provide historians and other experts a national forum in which to educate Americans about important and timely issues, and the only web site on the Internet wholly devoted to this task . Their mission is to help put current events into historical perspective. Each week HNN features up to a dozen fresh op eds by prominent historians. Their website is open to people of all political persuasions. Left, right, center: all are welcome.
Students Friend is a non-profit, teacher-to-teacher site is a guide for high school teachers of world history and geography, although much of the content is suitable for teachers of other social studies subjects as well. Content includes fundamental information about history teaching, resources, a concise alternative textbook and lesson plans. Student's Friend has been cited by the Library of Congress as a "as a rich site with articles, lessons, and other teaching aids," and it has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education.