The Civil Rights Digital Library(CRDL), based at the University of Georgia, represents an ambitious and comprehensive effort to deliver educational content on the civil rights movement via the web. The initiative promotes an enhanced understanding of the movement through its three principal components: (1) a digital video archive of historical news film allowing students to nearly be eyewitnesses to key events of the civil rights movement; (2) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the movement by connecting related digital collections on a national scale; and (3) a learning objects component delivering secondary web-based resources—such as contextual stories, encyclopedia articles, lesson plans, and activities—to facilitate the use of the video content in the learning process.
Empatico helps teachers in different countries connect their classrooms and encourage an appreciation of different perspectives. Free for users, this new platform features standards-aligned lessons suitable for children aged 8–10.
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the past. Hosted by noted US historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject—giving the listener all sides to the story and then some.
Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.