Modules for Increasing Understanding of Issues That Shape Today’s World
World101, a program of the Council on Foreign Relations, offers a growing library of free multimedia resources that explain international affairs and foreign policy issues, helping students understand the basics of these topics, including why they matter and how they are relevant. Under Global Era Issues, educators will find ten modules that explore Globalism, Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, Climate Change, Migration, Cyberspace and Cybersecurity, Global Health, Trade, Monetary Policy and Currencies, and Development. Regions of the World presents six modules covering the Americas, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South & Central Asia, and East Asia & the Pacific. From essays and discussion questions to glossaries and up-to-date reading lists, World101 provides comprehensive teaching resources for each module.
The National WWII Museum engages with learners from all across the world through a variety of online and distance learning programs to connect audiences with World War II (WWII) history and honor the generation who sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. The museum’s programs include a broad range of online learning experiences and topics, allowing students and educators to learn significant WWII stories, including Pearl Harbor, the Home Front, and D-Day, without having to leave their classrooms.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced the 50 States, 1 Nation Contest, a new essay competition for elementary school students in the 2019–2020 school year. The goal of this new contest is to help expand students’ understanding of how their families, towns, and states connect with one another and with American history.
Ken Burns, who has used archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has launched a new site for educators called Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The site is an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.