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Summer Surfing

Jul 7 2008

Summer is a great time to while away some hours on the internet. Here are some starting points we recommend, and you're invited to use the comment tool below to share some of your own favorites.

Besides serving as a centralized site for current discussions about the state of history, the relationship of history to current events, and a guide to just about anything else an educator might need, the History News Network offers a categorized list of history and humanities blogs grouped under topics such as Historians Who Write about Many Things, United States History, Museums, and K–12.

At the American Historical Association, the blog highlights topics in history from pedagogy to policy. Posts during July 2008 look at teaching history and teaching teachers of history, including an article from the May issue of Perspectives, K–12 Teaching: Why Should We Care?

Among teachers who blog, Kevin Levin's Civil War Memory is an award-winning blog that covers the broader political, intellectual, and social context of the Civil War, but also looks at best pedagogical practices with films, primary sources, and other instructional tools. California language teacher, Larry Ferlazzo, blogs about websites that help teach ESL, EFL, and ELL, including references to sources for history instruction and regular Ten Best selections of sites for content and classroom tools.

At George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, Director Dan Cohen writes and podcasts about current issues on history, technology, the classroom, and the humanities fields at Digital Humanities Blog. Managing Director Tom Scheinfeldt looks at artifacts, news, technology, and other internet resources in his eclectic blog and podcasts at Found History.

The American Institute for

The American Institute for History Education (AIHE) has a great collection of videos dealing with American history in its channel on TeacherTube.com. Videos include professional re-enactors, university professors, and documentaries. The channel can be accessed at http://www.teachertube.com/channels.php

Jodie Smith

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