The Teacher’s Academy proudly releases the latest course in our Website Review Series: Social Studies Websites Reviews!
For those of you who are not familiar with The Teacher’s Academy’s 3-hour website review courses, the idea is simple. We research hundreds of educational websites and choose 25 to be featured in one of our website review courses. Of those 25 courses, we ask teachers to review five of them and give a brief summary of how they might use the website in the classroom. Within 5 – 7 business days after completing the course, teachers will receive a Certificate and Feedback Form. They also have 25 educational websites to refer back to at anytime! All of our website review courses are worth 3 professional development hours and cost $24.99. Not bad for checking out a few cool website for your students!
Here is a sneak peek into the course and some of the fun and interesting web sites teachers will discover:
Teaching Tolerance.org is a place where teachers can find free materials to use when teaching diversity, equality, and appropriate social behaviors. Teachers can use the Mix it Up activities, film kits, and magazines (also free) to help support a tolerant, compassionate classroom environment. http://www.tolerance.org/
The Tenement Museum “tells the stories of 97 Orchard Street.” This tenement apartment building was built in 1863 and housed almost 7,000 working class immigrants. You can take a virtual tour of the apartments and learn about the families who lived there through pictures and stories. *A great connection to current immigration issues! http://www.tenement.org/
This website provides educational resources for k-12 learners. Lesson plans, digital integrating ideas, and videos help teachers create engaging learning experiences for their students. There are links to educational websites that complement the lesson plans. They also have their very own website review section where teachers can choose a few cool websites to check out on their own. Wow! What a fantastic idea! http://www.teachinghistory.org/
4. Museum Box
This is a really cool tool for organizing research then presenting an argument. Students create their own virtual box of information to defend or argue an issue. The museum box can be filled with videos, pictures, text, sound bites, or anything that can be used to support a particular argument. Students will have fun with this digital tool while honing their research skills! http://museumbox.e2bn.org/
Scholastic is a great educational website and houses webcasts that re-create the events of the first Thanksgiving. Students get a tour of the Mayflower, meet the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians of the New World, and learn about the daily lives of these two very different cultures. Scholastic has also created Common Core aligned lesson plans to make things extra easy for teachers! http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm
6. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum This virtual museum holds pictures, text, podcasts and videos of this dark time in history. Teachers can share the stories of survivors and online exhibits to connect students on an emotional level. Use online exhibits like The Nuremberg Race Laws to ignite discussions about discrimination and fear leading to genocide. Guidelines and lesson plans are provided to help teachers build an appropriate and sensitive unit for their students. http://www.ushmm.org/
The philosophy behind this website was to provide a way for users to directly connect with racial injustices and prejudice practices of the past so they never happen again. Teachers can download lesson plans and units on the events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement or find teaching strategies to teach social behaviors. Articles and news stories are also posted so teachers can connect current events to our history. https://www.facinghistory.org/
While visiting the other websites featured in this course, teachers will discover tools for creating engaging lessons for students, technology to embark on virtual field trips to historical sites such as the Pyramids of Giza, and access to live footage of our own political leaders. We hope the Social Studies themed websites we’ve chosen for the course will ignite a new passion for learning about historical events and how they have impacted our culture. Check out Social Studies Website Review online and get excited about Social Studies!
Here is a listing of other web site review courses you can purchase at The Teacher’s Academy website:
2013 Website Reviews for Teachers – 3 Hours, $24.99
2014 Website Reviews for Teachers – 3 Hours, $24.99
2015 Science and Apps Reviews – 3 Hours, $24.99
2015 Pre-K Website and Apps Reviews – 3 Hours, $24.99
2015 Elementary Website Reviews – 3 Hours, $24.99
For a full listing of courses, check out The Teacher’s Academy Course Catalog