(An earlier version highlighted NARA in the title rather than iCivics. Not sure what I was thinking, I corrected it March 27. Sorry iCivics. You’re doing awesome stuff!)
The new normal is fast becoming the normal normal. But it’s always nice to hear what others are doing and using.
And I love Jenifer Hitchcock’s suggestions about structuring our normal normal distance learning instruction. It’s part of a handy toolkit that she and other folks over at iCivics have put together. I’ve summarized Jenifer’s list but you need to head over and check it out all of the details as well as their Toolkit.
Further down, I’ve also posted 11 resources that are perfect for your distance learning normal normal. So if you’re already in a normal normal teaching situation, all of this is super useful.
But if you’re still in some sort of traditional face to face setting, skip Jenifer’s tips and bounce down to the resources – still useful for you because, well . . . they’re awesome sauce for any sort of learning environment.
Here’s a quick list of some of Jenifer’s suggestions: Read more
Last week, Learning Never Stops posted a great article about a variety of online museums. You need to add over and check out the entire list. Some of their suggestions are history / social studies related and you’ll want to be sure to read their reviews of the following suggestions:
But there are other online museums out there that are super handy for classroom use. So today . . . a quick list of places you can visit for great resources to incorporate into your instruction:
Colonial Williamsburg’s stuff is always top-notch and for the next few weeks, some of it is free.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Gift to the Nation for Constitution Day offers students an opportunity to interact virtually with historical characters and provides teachers with unique resources to engage students in the study of our United States Constitution.
Statistics from the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress indicate that academic performance in history for grades 4-8 has declined substantially over the past few years. By providing this Electronic Field Trip without charge to schools and home school families, Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its commitment to halt that decline.
The Electronic Field Trip, “A More Perfect Union,” tells the story of the ratification of the Constitution and has as the first person narrator a young student from the late 1700s. This Electronic Field Trip builds background knowledge for educators and students, leading to better understanding of the challenges and choices made during the ratification of our Constitution.
- Available online 24/7 from Sept. 6 to Sept. 30, 2011
- On-demand video streaming over the web
- Email historical character Benjamin Franklin
- Interactive online games
- Downloadable resources such as the teacher guide and program script (PDF)
- Comprehensive lesson plans