Recently, the Digital Public Library of America opened its online doors to the public with a website featuring artifacts and resources from collections across the nation. Although still in beta-testing, the collection already features a hefty amount of audio recordings, texts, images and video sources that would be great for any classroom.Artifacts can be organized … Continue reading Digital Public Library of America: A One-Stop Shop for Primary Sources!
One of my colleagues recently asked students to research what important events occurred in history on their birthdays. I can't tell you how fun it was to see young students learn about the ancient past in a way that they felt connected to - even if it was just because it was their birthday! Students … Continue reading 5 Places To Research “This Day In History”
When asking our students to create projects or assignments that utilize images, it is really important that we educate them about plagiarism and licensing. I have read more stories than I can count about people getting into trouble for using images out of copyright, and using public domain images is an easy way of skirting … Continue reading 6 Websites With Free Public Domain Images
All throughout college and grad school, JSTOR was my go-to for finding scholarly articles for research papers and presentations. Ever since I graduated and lost access to my college JSTOR account, I have wished for access to the well curated journals that JSTOR provides. Luckily, JSTOR has announced a new, experimental beta program called Register … Continue reading Register & Read: Free Access To JSTOR Articles
Ever wondered what your life would be like if you had been born somewhere else? If It Were My Home helps answer that question by providing an easy-to-use country comparison tool. Select two countries to compare and explore living conditions in those two areas such as energy usage, life expectancy, and geographical size. By default, … Continue reading If It Were My Home: Country Comparison Tool
Recently, Google added a new feature to Docs known as the Research tool, which makes it easy to add information from the web directly into your documents and presentations. You can access the tool under the Tools menu, or by right-clicking on a word in your document and selecting Research. Once you have the tool turned on, … Continue reading NEW Google Docs Tool: Instant Research, Links and Citations!
In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resources available for educating students on this matter, such as Kathy Schrock's Five W's of Website Evaluation or the University of … Continue reading 10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation