America on the Move Interactive Game: Drive Through Time is an interactive website offered by Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Students use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different time periods.
The History Explorer team here at the National Museum of American History is wondering the same thing! Thanks, Lynne, for directing teachers to our America on the Move site--there are some fantastic resources there! I've also noticed a number of Thinkfinity Community members have tagged our Interactive Star-Spangled Banner resource and our Price of Freedom exhibit Web site, particularly the Who Am I?: A History Mystery activity as favorites. One of my favorite NMAH resources is a site called The Object of History, which has lesson plans designed around specific objects with background information and commentary from curators on them, and a resource for students to curate their own exhibit using the featured artifacts and other related primary sources.
We’d love to hear how teachers are using these and other Thinkfinity social studies resources in the classroom!
I just realized I copied Naomi;) She too mentioned the same site. So ditto what Naomi wrote and here is more:
I love Smithsonian’s multimedia exploration titled: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, found at this URL: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html
At this site you have an interactive timeline starting with the War of Independence up until the war on Terrorist (Sept. 11). There are videos explaining the wars, exhibits with artifacts and photos. There are also advanced search options where you can browse by collection, search by keywords, search by countries, conflicts, categories and even Services (such as Army/Navy).
Also, there is a guessing game called “Who am I? Where students can match a war hero with the artifacts.
Then for teachers, there are also learning resources!
This is an engaging way to learn about history. Much better than reading text books like I did in school!
I love EDSITEment's
which is at http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/balancing-three-branches-once-our-system-checks-and-balances#sect-introduction. It is one of the best examples of how the Internet can help students learn through access to a wide variety of primary sources, it makes students think rather than memorize, and it saves ME a lot of time searching for the materials to use (someone else did all that work!). My favorite part is Activity 4, where the kids need to apply what they've learned about checks and balances to real life situations (as demonstrated in various artifacts). Way cool!
As the election season approaches, in Thinkfinity.org, under the about us tab at the far right is a sublink to "Supporting Contributors" and in that subtab is "The Museum of Moving Images". They have a link to all of the political ads from 1952 to the 2008 election year. It can be view by content or Republican/Democrat and by issues. A great way to look at the election process and how the commercials had an impact and how they have changed over the years.