Videoconferences Exploring American History Through Art
Students can explore US history and culture through Artful Connections, freeinteractive videoconferences provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Artful Connections programs promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication via discussion. The programs are highly interactive, inquiry-driven, object-centered lessons appropriate for grades 3 and up. They are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) on a flexible schedule. The sessions last from 45 to 60 minutes. The topics align with national curriculum standards and 21st century skills, which are linked within the program descriptions. The Artful Connections Tours focus on Looking at Art (“To See Is to Think,” “America’s Signs & Symbols,” “Found Object Artworks,” “Contemporary Craft Works”); Exploring History (“Young America,” “Lure of the West,” “A House Divided: Civil War”); and Celebrating Heritage (“African American Artists,” “American Indians,” “Latino Art and Culture”).
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.