Last April I authored a post sharing 12 Digital History Projects. Since then the I have had the pleasure to present on the topic a few times (slide deck available here) and continue to work on a few more digital history projects (DHP). A few of the tends I have noticed over the months include:
- With the increase of 1:1 there is a demand from teachers and students for high quality digital content.
- The number of DHP is large and growing.
- Quality of DHP varies.
- Time is needed to explore DHP and therefore time should be made available as part of professional learning and not seen as a luxury.
To recap, here is a working definition from wikipedia.
DHP is the use of digital media to further historical analysis, presentation, and research. Digital history is commonly digital public history, concerned primarily with engaging online audiences with historical content, or, digital research methods, that further academic research. Digital history outputs include: digital archives, online presentations, data visualizations, interactive maps, time-lines, audio files, and virtual worlds to make history more accessible to the user.
A key reminder is that DHP come in multiple formats and can be student or teacher facing… or both. Additional insights can be found in my earlier post.
So, back to the WOW! Below are 12 more DHP for you to explore, share, have fun with, and use with your students. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
1. Throughline: The new NPR history podcast launched this February (2019) looks fantastic. Their tagline “The past is never past. Every headline has a history” models what great history education should do… connect the past to the current. You can hear their introductory promo here.
These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world. This is definitely one to add to your playlist!
2. Smithsonian Learning Lab: Ok, this is remarkable!. Among other things the SLL may be providing a template for other archives to use for their digitizing efforts. “The Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning.” Log in and find the magic made by others and you. For example, all the current social studies collections can be found here and are easy to search. Watch this video to learn more.
3. The Indian Ocean in World History:This online resource enables users to explore primary source historical evidence about interactions among people in the lands around the Indian Ocean throughout history. From earliest pre-historic times to the present, people have traveled around and on the Indian Ocean, traded, explored, and made use of its rich resources. In buried sites, shipwrecks, monuments, museum objects, documents and books, there is a huge and growing record of these interactions and exchanges. This site aims to provide students, teachers, and general audiences with a sampling of these primary source. Below is an example of an interactive map they provide.
4. Korean War Legacy Project: The goal of the Korean War Legacy Project is to assist teachers, students, and the general public in understanding the origins and outcomes of the Korean War. Due to the enormity of World War II and the controversial nature of Vietnam, the Korean War is widely under-appreciated by American educators, politicians, and the general public. In history textbooks, it is often referred to as the “forgotten war” and is described in just a few negligible paragraphs. The documentary for the project is below… it has Korean subtitles!
5. Be Washington : Step inside Washington’s boots in this first-person interactive leadership experience. One type of DHP are simulations. Another is gaming. Be Washington does both either at the Mount Vernon estate in Virginia or online. Select among 4 pivotal scenarios in Washington’s career (2 as general and 2 as president). Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and other advisers will appear on your screen. Choose whose counsel you wish to hear and consider their advice on real challenges in real history. From there, it’s your turn to act–and then to learn how Washington handled the same dilemma.
6. ESRI Story Maps: Combining geography, history. and society is a powerful triad when teaching social studies. ESRI’s collection of story maps makes this synthesis explicit. They have created a series of Story Map collections that combine web maps, multimedia content, and engaging user experiences. The resources augment any digital resource collection. Keep up-to-date on the latest news from the Esri Story Maps team, and discover the best new work by storytellers around the world. @EsriStoryMaps
This is a fantastic weekly Twitter chat dedicated to help social studies teachers by
helping to facilitate democratic collaboration where educators can challenge & support each other to grow in their craft and, consequently, offer richer learning experiences for students. Join the live #sschat discussions Monday Night from 7-8 PM EST. Since its creation in 2010, #sschat has archived most of its chats (beginning in 2011). Here is the long list of archived discussions.
I love this tool. Improvements have been made pretty consistently making searches easy and meaningful. New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions so that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics — using an inviting, clean interface. The site is also available in Spanish and Arabic!
This partnership is between the British Museum and BBC. A 100 part series by Neil MacGregor, made during his time as Director of the British Museum, exploring world history from two million years ago to the present. Objects featured in the series can be explored and their stories discovered in the Museum galleries or on the website here.
School developed resources can be found here.
10. World Population History: This an interactive site that lets you explore the peopling of our planet from multiple perspectives – historical, environmental, social and political. It is about the 2,000-year journey of human civilization and the possible paths ahead to the middle of this century. It’s especially useful for the high school classroom with rich content for geography, world history, environmental science and much more.
11. Digital History : Looking for a free digital textbook? This might be it! The materials on this Web site include a U.S. history textbook; over 400 annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, supplemented by primary sources on slavery, Mexican American, Asian American, and Native American history, and U.S. political, social, and legal history; succinct essays on the history of film, ethnicity, private life, and technology; multmedia exhibitions; and reference resources that include a database of annotated links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, an audio archive including speeches and book talks by historians, and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images. For an APUSH/Advanced text look into American Yawp.
This resource has a lot to offer. I linked to the social studies resource page, but I suggest also exploring here for a birdseye view of the project. BrainPOP was founded in 1999 by Dr. Avraham Kadar as a creative way to explain difficult concepts. Today, their resource is supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. I explored the a few of the games created for social studies. I can see students enjoying them but they should be used with intent by educators. Executive Command, and Do I Have a Right are my two favorites.