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.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
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.
The Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction (READI) Project, a multi-institutional initiative headed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, supports disciplinary argumentation from multiple sources in middle school and high school science and history/social studies classes.