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New and Noteworthy

Social Pinboards

Online social pinboard services like Pinterest and Learnist allow you to “pin” images, text, and video onto a “virtual bulletin board” for future use. Learn how pinboards can help you collect, organize, and share your content and discover creative ideas for using pinboards in your classroom!

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Teaching with Timelines

Research shows that children often encounter history in small disconnected bits. How about creating a class timeline to help connect events and ideas throughout the year? Discover effective timeline strategies and both low and high tech ideas for use. Learn more.



Causes of the American Revolution

Most textbooks continue to portray the coming of the American Revolution as a series of discrete political and military events that led to the inevitable separation from Great Britain. But is that really the whole story? Learn more.



Using Art to Create Interdisciplinary Classrooms

Want to grab student attention from day one? Learn how a history teacher incorporated art into her class on the first day of school and how it set the stage for a year-long project that combined art, history, writing, and critical thinking skills. Read more.

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Tech for Teachers

Amateur Athletic Foundation Digital Archive

Have you caught Olympic fever? For those with an interest in the history of the Olympics or sports history in general, this website provides documents, journals, and popular magazines pertaining to official Olympics history as well as other sports. Be sure to check out the official Olympic reports dating back to 1896 as well as transcribed oral histories with Olympic athletes from the 1920s to 1960s. Learn more!



Try out this digital time traveling tool while you are on vacation or back home! Simply type in the name of a city or location and then begin exploring historic images uploaded from contributors. You can roll over the image to zoom in and explore certain sections. Or use a slider bar to make the historic image fade away and see the current street view. Use the site for a virtual field trip or to show change over time. Learn more!