Skyscrapers are awesome to check out. Celebrate the world's tallest buildings with this graphical timeline that showcases all the buildings from 1890-2004.
Create eye-catching multimedia timelines for any purpose
Pros: Timelines are professional and easy to create; students accounts and group edit function useful for instruction.
Cons: Unless you're doing a one-off assignment, you'll need the premium version.
Bottom Line: Multimedia timelines connect events visually, creating pathways for deeper analysis of any chronological story.
Doing a unit on Water Quality? Learn all about an outhouse and sewage-treatment plant in one, processing human waste through a “constructed wetlands.” "Poop and Paddle"demonstrates how sewage and rainwater can be converted to cattails and clean water.
Free online video library keeps it short and sweet
Pros: Pulls videos from all over the world into a safe, filtered, made-for-education environment.
Cons: Some ads; no helpful video details like publication date, detailed content description, grade level, or standards alignment.
Bottom Line: Quickly search quality videos and create video quizzes to engage students and enhance learning. Can be used for morning journaling
Celebrate the aeronautical contributions of Amelia Earhart. The mystique of incredible bravery gives Amelia Earhart a lasting place in history. To this day, her death is unsolved and her character an enigma. This official site includes photos as well as her life story.
This site offers an extensive collection of rare primary sources pertaining to American history and American literature covering three basic themes: Struggle for Independence, Struggle for Rights, and Struggle for Equality. It includes paintings, photos, documents, literary works, political cartoons, letters, timelines and much more; they are perfect for use in research papers, projects, and presentations. Documents include Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Constitution of the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation, and numerous others. This collection totals more than six million items which may include just the ones you need.
Simulation game offers window into balancing act of local government
Pros: Students learn how political decisions can affect budgets, popular support, and communities.
Cons: If students are unfamiliar with county departments, they'll first need to read the in-game guide.
Bottom Line: Gives students a nice window into local government, and how community leaders face tough decisions and complex civic problems.
Take a moment and log onto a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian's American History Museum. Enjoy seeing the similarities and differences among bicycles from the late 1800's to present-day bikes. Learn history in an interactive way to see how much the bicycle has changed over the years. Learn about the scientific advances that coincided with various historical contexts of the late 1800s, 1900's, and 2000's.
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological site-specific museum, housing more than 3.000 famous artifacts from the Athenian Acropolis, the most significant sanctuary of the ancient city. For this International Museum Day (5/18) spend some time in this amazing virtual museum - letting you take a virtual tour of the first and third floors of this famous site. Located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, the Museum narrates the story of life on the Rock from prehistoric times until the end of Antiquity.
April 14, 1912, Newsflash! The Unsinkable Titanic Has Sunk! Read all about It! This website allows you to do just that. Check out a timeline from sailing to the raising of a section of the hull in 1998, statistics of passengers by class and lifeboats, and the astronomy that night. Read interesting facts about the ship including stories written years prior to the tragedy with very similar events, ticket prices, lifeboats, menus, and quotes from passengers and crew. Read personal memories from people from different classes, survivors, families of deceased, and lists of the dead. Check out the discovery of the sunken ship and newer information why it sank. Sign their guest book and check out the many links for more information.
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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.