It took all of human history until 1802 for the human population to reach its first billion. It took just 12 years for it to acquire its most recent billion. A recent estimate by the United Nations estimates that 10.1 billion people will be here by the end of the century. For World Population Day (7/11) examine charts on the rate of growth and watch a National Geographic video titled 7 billion.
If you are hosting a World Culture Day get a chance to celebrate all things Canadian. Check out this immense gallery of photos of Canada divided into topics and accompanying text. The gallery includes agriculture, aviation, people, natural resources, structures, and scenic views.
Simple Google tool puts kids at the helm of creating VR experiences
Pros: Useful features to add narration, ambient audio, and 360-degree photos.
Cons: No built-in audio recording capability or initial tutorial.
Bottom Line: Allows teachers and students to create compelling tours for viewing in VR or on a web browser.
News Feed Defenders
Social media simulation builds news literacy skills
Pros: Lifelike news and social media feeds offer a safe, controlled environment.
Cons: There's not much in-game feedback on why choices are correct or incorrect.
Bottom Line: This is a great tool to kick off critical discussions about news and social media.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
Pros: The museum's site has everything a teacher needs to create a comprehensive and engaging unit about the Holocaust.
Cons: The amount of resources available is overwhelming; it's difficult to find some materials due to the the site's overall organization.
Bottom Line: As a valuable resource for anyone teaching or learning about the Holocaust, time to explore and plan is necessary in order to make the materials effective.
Memorial Day (5/27): From a nation divided came the idea to observe and remember fallen heroes - a unifying opportunity to pay tribute to those who have helped shape the history of the whole world. All Americans are urged to observe a moment of silence at 3:00 pm to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
These Irish fairies, famous for their pranks and party activities, have quite a colorful history. The name leprechaun itself may have derived from the Irish leath bhrogan (shoemaker), although its origins may lie in luacharma'n (Irish for pygmy).
And they're off! Celebrate all things Derby on Kentucky Derby Day on May 4th. This collection from George Lucas' Edutopia covers the historical background of the Kentucky Derby and how it continues to influence American culture and horse racing fans everywhere.
Why do we pay taxes? What do taxes pay for? Who is required to pay them? Tax day just passed. Why not investigate all about taxes in this Schoolhouse Rock video! Sing along with the song to learn about taxes, why we have them, and why we should pay them.
Students will enjoy seeing authentic, historical footage of Mardi Gras parades, traditional desserts, and trinkets from Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout the years.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with primary sources from the Library of Congress. This site provides a brief overview about the history of Louisiana, followed by numerous in-depth articles about Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and the French influence on the parishes of New Orleans. Students will enjoy seeing authentic, historical footage of Mardi Gras parades, traditional desserts, and trinkets from Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout the years.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.