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.
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.