More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian Institution’s vaults, but where public view ends, the freeSidedoor podcast begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists, the host sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s sidedoor to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else. Among the episodes from season 1 are “tech yourself,” “gaming the system,” and “shake it up.” Season 2’s episodes include “if these bones could talk” and “the art of war.” Teachers and students can access the stories, free of charge, through iTunes, Google Play, and RSS.
K–8 teachers can expand their horizons this summer by taking the online course “Thinking Like a Historian: Immigration History Through Primary Sources.” The course, which is offered by the nonprofit Primary Source, will take place online from July 11 to August 7, 2018.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum invites teachers and students to participate in “Anniversary in the Schools,” a freewebinar commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.