Animated Maps by Business Insider

Business Insider has some truly amazing animated maps on YouTube that are sure to start some amazing conversations in your social studies class. Here’s the Google search that will get you there!

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Their YouTube channel focusing on science videos is pretty amazing too!


How to Use Edmodo to Promote Civil Discourse

by Randy Fairfield, 10/17/16

Tired of the lack of civility in our politics today? Had enough of adults behaving like children in the comments section of the news online? Yeah, me too. So I decided to do something about it! Here’s one way you can use Edmodo to help your students be the change you wish to see in the world.


The Fallen of WWII: Interactive Documentary

The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history.

The film follows a linear narration, but it allows viewers to pause during key moments to interact with the charts and dig deeper into the numbers.


GeoGuessr: Guess Where the Google Map Image is From!

Put this one in the “fun” category. Students guess where in the world a Google Map image is from and get awarded points based on how close their guess was to the actual location. Using this as a whole class activity and asking probing questions about why students guessed one location over another could be a great use of this tool.


Newsela: Current Events with Lexile Differentiation!

Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: the daily news! The best part about Newsela is being able to adjust the Lexile level of the article to differentiate and scaffold for your readers’ needs while giving them access to the same content!


Using Parodies to Teach History

Amy Burvall is a private school teacher in Hawaii that has made a number of parodies from songs past and present to engage students. Her most popular song is “The French Revolution” which is a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. These parodies can be a great way to introduce vocabulary and teach history in a way that will be memorable for your students!


Use Storyboard That to Enrich Your History and English Classes

StoryBoard That is an incredible tool that students can use to create storyboards. Students can use these storyboards to get ideas for narrative writing, recreate historical events, and depict key plot events in a novel. I really like the idea of giving students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning, so using StoryBoard That as a possible alternative to traditional assessment has some appeal to me (and perhaps you too!).