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Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 12.03.51 PMTeachers are always looking for maps to user in class.  And of course looking for ones that don’t coast money.  If you need a simple prepared map that you can print.

The National Atlas has prepared genref200reference and outline maps of the United States that you can print or use online. The reference maps display general reference features such as boundaries, cities, capitals, major highways, rivers and lakes, and terrain. Outline maps showing county boundaries, State boundaries, capitals, or other basic features are also available. Maps without labels are included for students and teachers of American geography. The maps are in color, but will also print or copy well in black and white.

The maps are available in the following formats.

  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
    These maps are for use on the World Wide Web and can be viewed in your browser window.
    File Sizes: Each map page in GIF format is between 50 – 218KB.
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
    These maps can be printed using your home or office printer. Each map is designed to fit a 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of paper.
    File Sizes: Each map page in PDF format ranges from 1 – 9MB.

    You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view and print PDF files.

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HISTORY Here is an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States, brought to you by the HISTORY CHANNEL. The easy-to-use interface, photos, video and dynamic maps bring history to life anywhere in the country. Whether you’re on vacation or just running errands, the app makes it simple and fun to get the facts on the history hidden all around you, including amazing architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes and much more!

iTunes Store: FREE

Create interactive timelines that are intuitive and easy to use. I love the clean layout of information, and I see great potential for organizing and sharing facts on obscure or trendy topics. Info can be harvested from a variety of places: Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more. Simply organize your data into a google spreadsheet, upload to the Timeline generator, and embed on your website. Seems easy enough!

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Glen Wiebe has put together a great list of newsletters for Social Studies and history teachers.

“One of the beauties of the digital age is the ability to connect to so many different people, resources, and teaching materials. One of the problems is that there is often so much stuff out there that you can easily be overwhelmed by it all.

That’s why you need to take advantage of another digital age tool – email newsletters. And yes, I know. Email is “old-fashioned.” It’s not as cool as Skype or texting or some other sort of Web 2.0 communication gadget. But email is still a great way to connect people with content.

And there are lots of social studies related newsletters out there just waiting for you. Here’s just a few:”


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The Spartacus Educational website provides a series of free history encyclopaedias. Entries usually include a narrative, illustrations and primary sources. The text within each entry is linked to other relevant pages in the encyclopaedia. In this way it is possible to research individual people and events in great detail. The sources are also hyper-linked so the student is able to find out about the writer, artist, newspaper and organization that produced the material.

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Where did Go Social Studies Go come from?

I’ve been a Social Studies teacher at the middle and high school levels for about 10 years. During this time the one thing that I learned that unites students of all backgrounds is that they just never seem to get excited by cracking open one of those 25 pound Social Studies textbooks.  (Crazy, I know).

I knew how awesome Social Studies really was and I wanted my students to understand this too. So, out of sheer desperation to get my students to engage with the material, I began to surf and scour the libraries for the perfect resources.

Check out the site, CLICK HERE

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Many teachers have yet to fully embrace the potential for the Internet to transform the social studies curriculum. Whether your class is named History, Government, Civics, Economics or Psychology, there is a great wealth of material available online that will engage your students. We’ve assembled just a smattering of the best of it here.

  • Essential Social Studies Sites

  • Intro to U.S. Government

  • The Constitution

  • Presidents

  • Congress

  • The Supreme Court

  • Law

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Maps-of-War presents a special list of the best multimedia war maps from the world wide web.

This is an amazing site for social studies and history, geography teachers.  Oh heck it is great for anyone interested in history.  Very powerful and chalk full of resources teacher can use.

The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work—researching, writing, and publishing—of a historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or “episodes” that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history and that is available to scholars, teachers, and the general public in our online database.


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by Glen Weibe

15 Awesome Interactive Virtual Field Trips

April 26, 2011… by glennw

When you just can’t scrape together enough cash for the bus and kids won’t bring back their permission slips.

In no particular order:

Pompeii, Italy. Explore the ruins of this famous Italian city.

Colonial Williamsburg. Get a street overview of colonial Williamsburg, then click on certain features to learn more about each of them.

Vatican. Take a tour of the grounds and the cathedral at the Vatican.

US Capitol Virtual Tour. Tour the United States Capitol building here.

Supreme Court Tour. Select a room, including select justices’ chambers, and get a 360 view of each.

Stonehenge. Google Maps presents this virtual tour of Stonehenge.

Berlin. Visit some of the magnificent churches in Berlin, but don’t forget to see the Berlin Wall, too.

Palace of Versailles. Go to France with Google Maps to take a tour of this famous French palace.

Pisa. Look from the top as well as take a peek inside this famous leaning tower.

Mount Vernon Virtual Mansion Tour. View the estates and gardens of George Washington on this tour.

Cathedrals 3D Tour. View famous cathedrals all over the world.

Castles and Palaces 3D Tour. Take a look at the stunning beauty of castles and palaces around the world.

National Registry of History Places. Take a look at the historic places included on the National Registry.

United States Capitol Buildings. How else could you tour all the capitol buildings in one day?

Rome Colosseum. If Rome is too far off your travel map, visit virtually to see the famed Colosseum.

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So Who is Using Pinterest?

Well according to the numbers it appears that women are the largest participants at 87%.

  • Females 25-34 – 27%
  • Females 35-44 – 29%
  • Females 45-54 – 24%

So I would suggest to the males who read this blog that if they want to to hang out with smart, intelligent and attractive women then they need to look no further than Pinterest!

How Engaging is Pinterest?

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The National Archives invites you to “pin your history to the world” at Historypin. This new media/map mashup site allows users to overlay photographs, videos and audio recordings on Google maps. Come help us put NARA on the map! Upload your digital files, add descriptive information and personal narratives to these items, and experience how familiar environments have changed over time in front of you. You are also encouraged to share your own memories and stories related to the records as well.

We launched with the following collections:

  • Mathew Brady Civil War photographs
  • Images from the Environmental Protection Agency’ Documerica photographic documentation project of the 1970s
  • Photographs of streets, buildings, and historic events in Washington, DC
  • Images used in the recent History Happens Here augmented reality contest.

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My friend Glen Wiebe, is an amazing History educator.  Today he has a post about Twitter and History,  Tip of the Week – 65 History Twitter feeds.  I am into Twitter, but many educators are not.  They don;t don;t understand the valuable resource Twitter can be.  I know when I introduce it in class, my pre-service students really struggle to wrap their brains around how and why it is useful in their profession.  As with most things, some get it, some don’t.

But if you are a Social Studies teacher, you need to check out Glenn’s list of amazing resource., CLICK HERE

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Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey  to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?

Other missions are planned for release in 2013 and 2014.

Join the conversation and get updates about Mission US on Facebook and Twitter.  For more information, visit the Help page.  To share your feedback, email us via the contact form on this site. Thanks for playing!

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“Let Freedom Ring” by Flocabulary (featuring Trajik)

From Hip-Hop U.S. History. Listen to more U.S. History in Hip-Hop here:

Video by Dashryder Productions.
So even though we face the difficulties
of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.
It is a dream deeply rooted
in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation
will rise up and live out
the true meaning of its creed:
We hold these truths to be self-evident
that all men are created equal.
I have a dream…

It would take a nation of millions to hold us back.
Brown v. Board opened some doors.
Back then they called all blacks Negroes.
We kick it off of the top sort of like cerebrals.
Separate isn’t equal, when in practice.
My school is a shack. Mine is a palace!
Do I have to sit in the back of the bus? That’s wackness.
Second class citizen on account of my blackness.
They say to change the world, you’ve got to take a stand.
Rosa Parks took a seat and changed the face of the land.
Martin had a plan that even if you want to change the world
that don’t mean you’ve got to kill another man.
Inspired by the people like Thoreau and Gandhi,
a pacifist in the war without an army.
‘Cause they can’t harm me, no matter how the end seems.
I wonder if Mr. King is still having dreams…

Let freedom ring…
I have a dream…
Let freedom ring…
This must become true…
So let freedom ring…

MLK had a dream, took it mainstream.
Civil Rights Bill, Voting Rights Acts, they passed.
Modern day Jesus, turning the other cheek,
some blacks like “dog, that’s weak.
I’m not looking to get beat deep into next week,
my everyday life is police brutality.”
Malcolm picked up X and dropped his slave name,
radical change, “defense by any means.”
Went on hajj to Mecca, said ‘let God protect ya,
Whites and Blacks, yeah, we’re in this together.’
But there are race riots, people are dying,
Warfare in Watts, tear gas, bullets are flying.
He got assassinated.
He got assassinated.
Malcolm X?
He got assassinated.
So it’s up to us to keep that dream alive…

Let freedom ring…
I have a dream…
Let freedom ring…
This must become true…
So let freedom ring…

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom
by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

+ Words of History +

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

-Martin Luther King, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize (1964).

“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”- Malcolm X