Ideas for the History Classroom

Ideas for the History Classroom
Time Rime.  Create a FREE account and search for a Timeline on a specific subject: The Royal Family of the United Kingdom, and History of America 800 – 1500 AD just to scratch the surface. Assign your students to CREATE their own Timeline!
You Tube for Teachers Rich source for History Teachers. Did Native Americans Discover Europe First? Want to see animation of the Asian-American Land Bridge? Who WERE the first Americans? Search YouTube for an exciting way to introduce Historical Content. Present to students through ViewPure for a cleaner video without comments, ads or other distractions. Check out the HistoryLab Channel
Blog. You can easily create a Blog on your Classroom Website. Or, create a classroom through Have students blog from the point-of-view of a historical figure.  Ben Franklin’s life would be much more rich and interesting if presented through a blog, allowing him to confess some of the “lesser known” facts about his less-than-average life. Also good for Blogging:  http://edublogs.org,, and
History Pin. Have Students use to explore the map between particular dates as an introduction to that period of history to see what photos, videos or audio they can find. Students explore maps and find photos that show changes in living conditions.  They could also look for videos or audio which relate to these topics.  Students set up an account and create a Tour or Collection around a particular theme or period in History.
Virtual Museum.  Students use this online virtual museum to explore and view 3D images from the collections and artifacts housed by European Museums involved in this project. Students easily explore by historical routes, maps, chronological events or specific objects.  Student can view a small jar housed at the Budapest History Museum dating from 7000 b.c.
iLife.  Challenge Students to create a multimedia project for a history person or period. Digital photo, video, music are all included when a student is allowed to CREATE without limitations.
GoogleEarth. Google Earth can help you bring a world of information alive for your students. It can be used with all grade levels, and the possibilities are endless with your imagination! Students can use Google Earth to explore topics like the progress of human civilization, the growth of cities, the impact of civilization on the natural environment, and the impact of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Teachers can use Google Earth demos to get their students excited about geography beyond the static map, or use different Google Earth layers to study transportation, demographics,economics, and in specific local or exotic contexts. Visit to find features, projects, lesson plans, samples and ideas from other teachers.
Center on Congress at IU. http://Congress.Indiana.Edu  Check out The Center on Congress at Indiana University! This VERY RICH site provides classroom resources, standard-based resources, additional resources (this area has a LOT of links to websites useful for History and Social Studies Teachers) and suggestions from other teachers (Check out “Rover: the Citizenship Dog”).  The site provides E-Learning Modules, Virtual Congress, Kids Democracy, and an insiders view of Congress.  Search for interactive games, role-playing games, and much more.
Ten by Ten. For Modern History, use “Every hour, 10×10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources… conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour’s most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10×10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.”
AudioBoo Record audio and include as much useful data as possible, such as photos, tags, and locations.  Students CREATE their own AudioBoos or listen to historical Boos. For instance, recently posted was a Boo on the great Harry Houdini, who speaks about his “Water Torture Cell” — a trick that saw him escape from a water-filled box — on October 29th, 1914. The audio was recorded on an Edison wax cylinder; one of six used that day by Houdini and now the only known recordings of his voice to exist. Or listen to Prince Charles discuss Shakespeare in “60 Minutes with Shakespeare!” Students are reminded of the power of their voice.
ChangED.  Use this site to learn about how other educators are using technology to promote higher-order thinking in their social studies classrooms.  She provides resources for US History, World History, Civics & Government, Geography, Culture and more. Browse the pages to learn about new tools, find tutorials, or explore projects. Use her Digital Toolbox to explore technology in History Classes, from Avatars to Word Clouds.
The National Museum of American History has a fantastic website for Educators.  Search lessons and activities with US History Standards in mind.  Explore an Exhaustive list of Standards-based educational resources that include audio, video, and interactive resources.  Filter lessons and projects by Grade, Resource Type, Historical Eras or National Standards.  Explore Podcasts on many subjects, for example “The 1930s Sioux City Ghosts.” Search the Museum Artifacts or the list of Web Links on American History.