5 Must Have Web Sites and Resources for History Teachers for the Upcoming School Year
Believe it or not, summer is almost over and the school year is nearly upon us. So we at Timelines decided to give all of you history teachers out there a head start. Here’s a list of five great web sites and resources. Drop us a note if you know of others to recommend. Enjoy the last few weeks!
If you are not familiar with HistoryTeacher.net, you need to be. Passionately run by a history teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, this site is jam packed with hundreds of resources ranging from current events, to American history, to government (local and national) to interesting and specific sites (like the National Inventors Hall of Fame or the US Holocaust Memorial Museum).
Though not exclusively about history (Larry teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced English learners at a high school in Sacramento, CA), Larry’s site is a great resource for history and social studies teachers, and the site has been nominated for numerous Edublog Awards. Recent posts regarding current events include “Best Sites for Learning about the Russian Fires”, “Best Sites for International Day of the World’s Indigenous People” and “Best Sites for Learning about the Pakistan Flooding”. His “Best of” series include over 100 categories (and well over 1000 specific sites) related to Social Studies.
Run by a director of EdTechTeacher, Inc and history teacher, BestHistorySites.net is a seemingly comprehensive collection of history related web sites. The site has navigation devoted to specific time periods (such as Prehistory, Medieval History and American History) as well as links to seminars that focus on using technology in the classroom.
History News Network (HNN) is a “web-based magazine that features articles by historians of all political persuasions. The site places current events in historical perspective.” HNN is a project that is connected with George Mason University’s Center of History and New Media. There is a specific page on HNN called Classroom Lesson Plans: Helping Teachers Teach History that is particularly useful for teachers. The page has a number of links to sites for lesson planning, fun games, quizzes and topic specific suggestions.
As part of the Discovery Education Web Sites, Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators is a massive collection of sites for teachers of all disciplines. The History and Social Studies section alone has three tabs (American History Sites, General History and Social Studies Sites, and World and Ancient History Sites) and well over 250 specific sites with descriptions.