The last time I got this excited about a social studies resource it was National Geographic’s Beta Education site at http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/?ar_a=1
Well, recently I found an equally awesome resource; it’s the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History site at http://www.gilderlehrman.org/multimedia#56431.
This site provides numerous resources for the history teacher, and many of you may already know about it, but what really caught my eye the last time I visited was the multimedia section. Here you can access lectures on a wide variety of historical topics. The video segments, searchable by era or theme, run anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes in length. The mini lectures are presented by well-respected historians, including OSU’s Dr. David Staley!
As Ohio teachers are heading back to school and trying to integrate content from the 2010 standards, this professional development resource is a real winner! Simply select an era, theme or topic that you need help with and gain quick access to a historian who knows all about it! Many of the videos will also work for students. Lehrman offers a free subscription if you are a K-12 educator or student, and there’s information on becoming an Affiliate School, which gives you even more benefits.
Let me know how you plan to use these resources!