Sponsored by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) based in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the cdli tablet combines text and images documenting three millennia of human activity that includes the development of trade, mathematics, and astronomy. Students can follow the application of the law of an eye for an eye by the Old Babylonian king Hammurapi and relive the exploits of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Striking images of selected cuneiform texts and related artifacts are placed in their historical setting with short narratives prepared by experts in the languages and archaeology of the ancient Near East, as well as by UCLA students approaching a distant world with fresh eyes. With its daily update of entries written to follow particular themes in Babylonian history—topics ranging from the origins of writing 3500 BCE to current efforts to digitally preserve and globally disseminate Mesopotamia’s cultural heritage—cdli tablet will appeal to diverse learning communities of all ages and levels of interest. By opening lines of communication to the history of prescientific civilizations dead many millennia, the developers believe that modern culture achieves a deeper appreciation and understanding of its own roots. A freeapp is available for iPad and Android.
A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.
Jumpstart PD is a learning platform that combines the neuroscience of Universal Design for Learning with the mindset of culturally sustaining pedagogy to provide equity-focused professional learning that measurably changes practice and outcomes.
The Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K–12 Black history education. The Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Black history in both history and humanities courses, preK–grade 12.