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.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
Sponsored by TheGilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Dear George Washington Contest encourages elementary students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration.
Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea that uses images to help students connect emotionally to the experiences of individuals and groups who choose or are forced to leave their homelands and who place their wellbeing and safety into the hands of others.