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 November.
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the past. Hosted by noted US historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject—giving the listener all sides to the story and then some.
Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.