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*[http://www.americanyawp.com/index.html The American Yawp]
''The American Yawp'' is a free online textbook that is divided into
2 volumes. You can also get a paper copy of the book from Stanford University Press for $24.95 for each volume. ''The American Yawp'' is a massive "Collaboration Open U.S. History Textbook." Essentially it is an open-source textbook. Historians essentially modeled the textbook on the open source model that has been successfully used for numerous computer programs such as Linux, MediaWiki, Wordpress, and many more. In addition to the textbook, "The American Yawp" has a [http://www.americanyawp.com/reader.html Sourcebook] that can be used to expand on topics with primary source documents.
Besides being an excellent textbook, it is a great way to help reduce textbook costs for students because it can be accessed online for free.
* [https://edsitement.neh.gov/ EDSITEment! - National Endowment for the Humanities]
EEDSITEment! focuses on Lesson Plans and Study Activities. The Lesson Plans cover some topics and are exceptionally detailed. The plans even suggest how many class sessions should be used to teach the lesson. The lesson plan
even breaks down how each day should be organized to get through all of the material. For example, take a look at [https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/turning-tide-europe-1942-1944 Turning the Tide in Europe, 1941-1944]. It provides Background for the lesson, preparation, lesson activities, assessment, lesson extensions, and a ton of resources. These are some of the best lesson plans you will find online.
The site also has a section on Student Activities. There are over 200 different student activities that can be used in classrooms. These student activities include texts, videos, and interactive maps.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an archive based in the New York Historical Society building in New York. Instead of relying on its 70,000 piece collection on American History it has become a resource for teachers, undergraduate, and graduate students, professors and writers. Its website has a blog called History Now that has articles, videos, online timelines, and information from the Institute's exhibitions.
The 50+ Issues from [https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-now History Now] typically focus on a single broad historical topic. The articles in that issue will help you dive deeper into specific historical
topics such as US Immigration Laws, Voting Rights, Alexander Hamilton, and Civil Rights. Each issue of History Now links to relevant videos, articles, and even lesson plans.
* [https://teachinghistory.org/ National History Education Clearinghouse]
* [https://reacting.barnard.edu/ Reacting to the Past]
Reacting to the Past is a teaching technique that instead of relying on lectures and notes, relies on role-playing
elaborate games based on classic texts that require students to play historical characters. Instead of observing a lecture, students are actively working within the confines the philosophical and intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they are portraying. Reacting to the Past requires students to explore the complicated historical situations that people lived through. As part of the game, students prepare speeches, write papers, and other public presentations to try and win the game.
Reacting to the Past was created by Mark C. Carnes at Barnard College in the 1990s. So far, it has been implemented at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. High schools have also started introducing Reacting to the Past in the classroom. [https://reacting.barnard.edu/curriculum/published-games 30+ Reacting games] have been published by W.W. Norton & Co., the University of North Carolina Press and the Reacting Consortium Press. In addition to the published games, there are over 100 games currently in development.
Unlike other sites on this list, Reacting to the Past requires preparation by teachers to
successfully implement it into the classroom. Therefore, Reacting has numerous [https://reacting.barnard.edu/the-conferences conferences] to help teachers add it to their curriculum. The Reacting site has an article and several videos explaining how Reacting to the Past was incorporated into [https://reacting.barnard.edu/SpotlightUO Freshman curriculum at the University of Oregon].
* [https://www.nps.gov/subjects/teachingwithhistoricplaces/index.htm Teaching with Historic Places]
Teaching with Historic Places is a site run by the National Park Service. The site is focused on using the National Park and sites on the National Register of Historic Places as educational tools to teach history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.
The site has created Lesson Plans, Writing Assignments, Beyond the Classroom Activities and a Teacher Lessons Portal. They do have lessons plans for all states, but this a new site and
its still a touch wonky. Once they work out the kinks it will be a great resource.
* [http://americainclass.org/primary-sources/ America in Class]
The materials on the site are curated and the selections are outstanding. That provides a ton of
outstanding sources and guidance that helps teachers use the materials for discussions, assignments or essays.
* [http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/ Voices of Democracy -- The U.S. Oratory Project]
The Voices of Democracy is a web project that focuses on great speeches from American history. There is a journal, curriculum units (based on themes, Speakers, Authors and
time periods) and blog with short posts focused on key speeches. Typically, each speech part of the site will have either a video or text of the speech, an essay, teaching materials, and additional resources. Voices on Democracy also has an [http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/VOD-K-12-Introduction.pdf Grades 8-12 Educational Resource Guide] that shows teachers how to use their materials and comply with Common Core Standards.
* [https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ PBS Learning Media]
PBS Media is a resource that includes videos, interactive content, and lesson plans. The site has resources for a ton beyond history and social studies. The
key component of PBS Media is its wealth of videos that have been drawn from PBS. It has over 6,000 videos (K-13+) on various social studies topics for students.
* [https://dp.la/ Digital Public Library of America]
* [http://besthistorysites.net/ Best History Websites]
The Best History Sites from EdTechteacher is probably the most comprehensive listing of websites for teachers in different history fields. Despite being comprehensive, it is difficult to recommend the
sites because it does not appear to updated regularly. If you start going through the site, you find numerous dead or misdirected links. It is especially frustrating when you are looking for sources on World, Latin American, European, Asian, and African history courses.
* Online History Courses
Free online college-level history courses are
a wonderful resource for teachers and instructors. They can be used as a refresher for material that you haven't studied in years or at all. Many of the sites also include portals for educators. Most of the online courses break them up into individually sub-titled lectures. Instead of taking an entire course you can watch a specific lecture on a single topic or use the resources from the class (such as lecture slides, images readings, and assignments) in your class. The number of history courses available has grown dramatically.
Most of the online courses will require you to register and they will most likely send your email. Typically, this process is pretty painless. Additionally, some organizations will also charge a fee if you need a certificate of completion from the site. For example, EdX.org charges fees ranging from $49-99 to get a verified certificate of completion. Other sites will ask for a donation to support their programs.
Future Learn, Coursera and edX are currently the best options from this list because they get their course from multiple universities. The Yale and MIT sites appear to lack full institutional support. There numerous also other providers and some may be better options than those listed here, but the world of online courses
appears to be evolving. Unfortunately, history courses are not a primary part of their offerings. Most of the sites are focusing on skills such as IT specializations and computer programing.
*[https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/categories/history-courses Future Learn History Courses]
Future Learn has a focus on European and British History and the courses are fairly eclectic (i.e. Hadrian's Wall, The Fall of the Roman Republic, and Why Opera Matters). As of January 2019, the site had 29 different courses available. They also have paid online degree programs for students.
Coursera.org is one of the largest providers of online courses in the world. It has 182 universities and organizations partnering with it. This allows Cousera to offer over 100 history or history related courses. The courses offered are incredibly diverse. The courses include videos, readings, and quizzes. Some
courses can be completed for free, but others are behind paywalls. You can either pay for courses individually or buy a a monthly subscription.
Udemy is the largest online course provider in the world. They offer free courses, but most of them cost $9.99 or more. Their history section is
fairly limited. Additionally, more than half of the courses are not in taught in English.
*[https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/# MIT Open Courseware]
*[https://oyc.yale.edu/ Open Yale Courses History Courses]
The Open Yale Courses offer free complete courses taught by Yale History professors, but it only has
4 history courses available.