Classroom Lesson Plans: Helping Teachers Teach HistoryTeacher's Lounge Archives
Below are links to sites specifically designed to help teachers use the Internet in designing courses in history. Please feel free to send us other links we should post. Just drop an email to the editor. Note: Descriptions of the sites are taken from the sites themselves.
THE SYLLABUS FINDER
The Syllabus Finder: This site, run by George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, features an automated search tool that locates relevant syllabi on any topic. The Syllabus Finder scans the largest database of history syllabi--over 11,000 and growing daily--in combination with a powerful Google-based search of thousands of others on the web. You can compare courses at different universities, see how widely assigned a specific book is, or use it to plan your own course. (Authors: You can use it to find out how widely assigned your own book is.)
FOR K-12 TEACHERS
New York Times Learning Network: This site is geared towards students in grades 3-12, their teachers and parents. Teachers can access daily lesson plans for grades 6-12, as well as quizzes built around NYT articles. Previous lessons are available in the archive and in thematic lesson plan units. Teachers can also use News Snapshot, aimed for grades 3-5, to explore current events through New York Times photos and related questions. The site also provides them with the latest education news from the newspaper.
Ask ERIC Virtual Library: Produced by the Education Research Information Center (ERIC), this site provides education information for teachers, librarians, and anyone else interested in education. AskERIC is an information clearinghouse on 16 specific subject areas, offering thousands of lesson plans for varied grade levels and over 3000 resources on a variety of educational issues. The site further provides a question-and-answer service and plenty of educational tips and guides.
SCORE: The Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) project is a terrific resource for both teachers and students alike. Teachers can access history resources and lesson plans -- arranged by grade level and content area -- as well as ideas for virtual projects and field trips.
Social Studies School Service Links: Comprehensive site containing lesson plans and teaching strategies, online activities, and tips on teaching current events.
ThinkQuest: A global network of students, teachers, parents and technologists dedicated to exploring youth-centered education on the Internet. Teachers and students form teams around the project of their choosing. Teachers then coach and advise students as they research and ultimately create an educational website based on the project idea. In the course of participating in this program, the team will explore and add to growing sources of educational information on the Internet for students by students.
Social Studies Lesson Plans (Columbia U.): Lesson plans and activities for students in K-12
The Internet School Library Media Center: A meta-site with links to Internet sites organized by subject discipline for K-12 educators.
The Web Quest Page: This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the Web. A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use time efficiently, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
Lesson Plans Page Lesson plans, science projects, math worksheets, tips for improving student reading, and more for PreK-12 teachers.
The FunBrain.com Quiz Lab: Highly-rated site provides tons of games, quizzes, and activities for students and teachers K-8.
Teachervision: This site is created by teachers for teachers. Provides access to free resources -- including lesson plans, activities, resource material listed by subject, and classroom management tips -- and allows teachers to exchange ideas with one another.
Teachers.net: Site designed for teacher exchange of ideas and lessons plans. Enter chatrooms, submit or browse lessons, or join a mailring to benefit from this bank of collective wisdom.
The Classroom Flyer: Sign up for a free flyer from The Learning Company that contains daily listings of new websites in every category and for all grade levels.
Teaching Vietnam: For decades, high schools brushed quickly over, or completely ignored, the complicated period of the Vietnam conflict. Now, 20 years after the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, a group of teachers have vowed to find a way to teach their students about all the aspects of Vietnam in all its shades of gray. (This is a radio program presented by On Point, public radio's live evening news program).
FOR K-16 EDUCATORS
AHA K-16 Collaboratives: Collaborative projects designed to strengthen history education for K-16 students.
Teaching History Online: Spartacus Educational publishes Teaching History Online every week. The newsletter includes news, reviews of websites and articles on history used in the classroom.
C-Span in the Classroom: A free membership service that provides web-based educational resources. Through CSiC, teachers and student can access information about teaching and learning with C-SPAN's television programming, as well as live streaming and archived video on C-SPAN's web site, c-span.org. Resources include lessons and teacher guides (some may include video clips), modules, interactive activities and more.
FOR 9-12 TEACHERS
Gilder Lehrman: Modules on Major Topics in American History: Classroom-tested lesson plans, fact sheets, and handouts created by master teachers.
Gilder Lehrman History Now: Quarterly online history journal for teachers and students.
FOR COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS
George Mason University's History Matters: This feature provides annotated syllabi that offer creative approaches to teaching, with particular emphasis on innovative ways of organizing the U.S. Survey and integrating technology. Teachers reflect on how a social history approach, active learning techniques, and Web-based resources and new media have impacted their teaching and their students.
Teaching The Koran: Interest in the Koran has skyrocketed since 9/11. Many universities have created courses about the Koran, although none have required students to read the religious text. Click here to learn more about studying the Koran and for suggestions to questions such as: How should religion be taught in public schools? What should American students be learning about the Koran and Islam? (This is a radio program presented by On Point, public radio's live evening news program).
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Reconceptualizing the Introductory Survey Course This web project offers historians models for how to use digitized primary sources in survey courses in World History and the History of the Americas. The topics of the models vary, as does the technological sophistication. All of the sites open different possibilities for teachers to be creative in their survey courses for group or individual projects as well as ways that teachers can present materials. Different technological techniques, such as audio and video, are used on the various sites.
Additional Links on Using Technology in the Classroom:
- American Crossroads Project: Using technology and multimedia to teach American culture.
- Center for History and New Media: Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has used digital media and computer technology to change the ways that people--scholars, students, and the general public--learn about and use the past. CHNM maintains a number of databases and resources that are useful to historians and history teachers, including 1,200 History Departments Around the World, an indexed guide to 5,000 history websites, an annotated guide to 500 U.S. history sites, essays on history and new media, a comprehensive directory of 2,000 websites in the history of science and technology, and a remarkable set of free software tools useful for historians and teachers. Many CHNM projects are undertaken in collaboration with the American Social History Project (ASHP)/Center for Media and Learning at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).
- Did the Sans-Culottes Wear Nikes?: The Impact of Electronic Media on the Understanding and Teaching of History
- Computer-mediated Communication: Sources of information about Internet-based computer-mediated communication.
- Inventio: An online journal of creative thinking about teaching and learning
- Nobody Likes a Tourist: A Reflection on the Value of Teaching with Technology
- Dynamic Syllabi from Georgetown University: An online tour of some innovative uses of World Wide Web technology for the enhancement of a course syllabus.
- Internet History Sourcebooks - Paul Halsall/Fordham University: The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented for educational use.
- Journal of the Association for History and Computing: This journal is sponsored by the American Association for History and Computing (AHC), which aspires to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research. The folks at AHC believe that computers and computing are rapidly changing important elements of the work of historians and students of history, constituting a major transformation in the way knowledge is created and communicated. A major goal of this journal, therefore, is to help define useful standards to maximize the utility of computers in historical studies. The journal is intended for a general audience of teachers, students, and researchers interested in the application of computers in historical studies. In addition to articles dealing with the creative application of computers to particular problems in history, the journal will also be reviewing relevant research in the field, appropriate software, and related Internet resources.