Virtual Tours on Google Earth (tutorial): A demonstration of one of the many tools on Google Earth that can help your lessons come alive.
Strata: Portraits of Humanity: “Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour news magazine-style show. Each episode of the human story is a portrait building on the many layers of the human experience. This is a record we are just beginning to uncover. From that perspective, Strata delivers in-depth coverage of a wide variety of archaeological and cultural heritage topics all around the world.” This source includes audio and video sources with some articles providing good information but that are above the elementary reading level.
Mr. Beat’s Social Studies Channel: This social studies channel has a lot of simple and fun videos about different social studies topics. “Mr. Beat is a teacher who makes educational videos about social studies and attempts to incorporate music into almost every lesson he creates. He has written songs about all of the Presidents and has created music videos for all of them.”
Tiny Tap: This app and website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data. (iOS, Android, Website)
Brainfeed: This app provides a collection of videos in all subjects that can be used to enhance instruction. (iOS)
The Smithsonian: Articles, videos, and more focusing on different science and history topics. Most of the articles are above the reading level for elementary students, but the topics can inspire and inform classroom exploration and some of the videos are useful.
OpenEd: A collection of videos, games, assessments, lesson plans, and more that are aligned with Common Core Standards and the PARCC assessment. This site has an accompanying app called “Common Core Quest” available for free (iOS, Google Play ((Android)), and Chrome Web Store). This site covers curriculum for grades K-12.
Tiny Tap: This website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data.
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States: This book by Gordon S. Wood is a collection of 11 essays analyzing the American Revolution, The making of the Constitution, and the early years of the Republic. This book can provide new insight for history teachers and/or can be used in a high school classroom.