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Tip of the Week: Glenn’s 10 Favorite History blogs

We all ask our kids to be active and continuous learners. To ask good questions. To solve problems. To share solutions.

And we need to model the same. Learning is a good thing, especially if it’s about history / social studies content and pedagogy. I spent a few minutes several weeks ago talking with an elementary teacher about how and why the Republican and Democratic parties have changed political positions over the last 160 years. She was working to plan a series of  MLK Day activities and had questions about why Lincoln’s party had shifted so much.

A perfect example of a teacher working to hone her craft and improve both content / skills.

But it’s not an easy thing. Time is always a problem. Finding resources is a problem. So today I’m sharing a few online sites and blogs that can help.

We’ll start with a little self-promotion. A recent Tech Edvocate article lists History Tech as one of 50 Must Read Edtech blogs. So . . . I’m glad you’re here and hope that you continue to find helpful stuff you can use. (And, of course, you’ve subscribed or set your RSS feeds to get the latest History Tech posts, right?)

Now that’s out of the way, what else is out there? In no particular order, here are ten of my favorites.

A View of the Web
Jill Weber is the 2016 Gilder Lehrman Kansas History Teacher of the Year and posts things she’s doing in her classroom. Lots of great ideas and suggestions.

Teaching with the Library of Congress
Discover and discuss the most effective techniques for using Library of Congress primary sources in the classroom. Teaching strategies, outstanding primary sources, lesson plans, teacher resources, and current thinking on effective classroom practice are all part of what you can find here.

National Archives Educational Update
The Archives started this blog to share resources with teachers and learners. You’ll find new teaching tools, lesson plans, learning activities, student field trips, professional development opportunities, newly available primary sources, and multimedia and web content.

Doing Social Studies
Maintained by members of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies, Doing Social Studies is a place for a variety of voices to discuss what high-quality social studies looks like in the 21st century. KCSS board members and other educators from around the state will share ideas, resources, and materials about how we can all do social studies better.

All Over the Map
Maps are time machines, too. They can take you into the past to see the world as people saw it centuries ago. Or they can show you a place you know intimately as it existed before you came along, or as it might look in the future. Always, they reveal something about the mind of the mapmaker. Every map has a story to tell.

The Vault
“Historical Treasures, Oddities, And Delights.”

Okay. Not specifically a blog about social studies. Or . . . really even a blog. But still pretty cool stuff about teaching and learning. But you can get more specific Ted Talks about history, just not in a blog kinda way.

Atlas Obscura
I love this weird and off the beaten path site – so many cool things to read. “In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.”

National Geographic Education
Tons of great stuff obviously related geography. Ideas, stories, and resources.

Stuff You Missed in History Class
It’s a blog! It’s a podcast! It’s both. And still awesome.

Have fun!

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