Podcast Using Current Events to Dive into the Past
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. BackStory is more than facts and headlines, however; it’s about how the past has shaped who Americans are today. A program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, BackStory has ranked in the Top 10 of the iTunes Society and Culture list and as high as tenth among all iTunes podcasts. Teachers and students can get the history behind the headlines for free on iTunes or BackStory’s website. The resources icon indicates that educator resources accompany the episode.
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.
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.
Learn Around the World (@learnATW) offers both paid and freeinteractive virtual fieldtrips, as well as private shows. The freeGeoShow is a geography-based experience that can accommodate from one to 90 classrooms at a time.