Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Making History Come Alive through Technology

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Making History Come Alive through Technology

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STUDENTS OF history and social studies seek to immerse themselves in their subject matter by becoming actively involved in the events of the past. The following websites provide teachers and students of all areas of history with a wealth of information. The sites are often interactive and include primary source documents, news from around the globe, and educational games that draw on significant historical events.

A content-rich resource, this site provides discussions of historical events that are easy to understand and come with links to other websites for in-depth study of particular topics. Glossaries, maps, coverage of current events, and Internet games can also be found here.

This interactive site allows users to examine history through the eyes of those who lived it. This site provides the necessary tools for educators looking to integrate primary source documents and multimedia components into their classrooms.

A collection of artifacts representing American societal values from the antebellum period through the attacks of September 11, this multimedia library of American history offers photos, audio files, and written works.

The "Kingdom of History" provides hundreds of links to websites on all topics covered in history and social studies, from ancient times through the present. It is categorized for easy navigation.

An online reference source for elementary and middle levels, this site provides project and activity suggestions for teachers and parents for the study of "Europe, Asia, and Africa before 1500 A.D."

This site provides access to more than 400 newspapers from 44 countries, allowing students to keep on top of current events as they are happening around the globe. Interactive quizzes for all educational levels and interviews with photographers are also offered.

An online museum for teachers and students featuring active learning projects, multimedia components, virtual exhibitions, and resource guides for the study of American history. There is even an "online textbook." Designed by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, this website allows users to visit the museum's collections and study American history from anywhere in the world. …

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