Social Studies

Dipity

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Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps. For grades 9 to 12.

Timeline

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The Timeline tool allows students to create and organize events - real and imagined - and even add images to the descriptions. Saving capability allows them to come back to unfinished work, or they can share their final timeline with friends and family via e-mail.

Playing History

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There are tons of free historical games, interactives, and simulations on the web. Playing history aggregates info on these resources in a simple, searchable database making it easy to find, rate, and review historical games. There are currently 126 shared games. For all grade levels.

Museum Box

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Provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. For all grade levels.

HistoryWired

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HistoryWired can be likened to a private tour through the Smithsonian Museum storage areas. Visitors select the objects that interest them; curators explain the items' significance. Like an actual tour at the Museum, information is presented conversationally and is backed by the impeccable scholarship of Smithsonian curators. For all grade levels.

Docs Teach

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Find and create interactive learning activities with primary source documents that promote historical thinking skills. For all grade levels

10 X 10

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100 words and pictures that define the time. Analyzes international news sources for top 100 words and pictures updating hourly. For all grade levels.

Google Lit Trips

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Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey, there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story. For all grade levels.

Wordle

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Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. For all grade levels.

National Geographic Education

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National Geographic Education is responsible for creating educational programs and resources for schools, out-of-school settings, and the home. The goals are geo-literacy, an essential skill for decision-making in 21st century personal, professional, and civic life, and educational outreach. Don't miss the media tab for lots of great technology tools.

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