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Computer Science Museum

Feb 01, 2021

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History of Pioneering Efforts in Computing

Located in the United Kingdom, The National Museum of Computing houses the world’s largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer; and the WITCH, the world’s oldest working digital computer. In a 3D virtual tour, students can move around the galleries looking at the machines and their descriptions.

environmental science app

Feb 01, 2021

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Reference App to Explore Earth’s Ecosystems

Can your students find frogs on Mount Everest? Do they know what the climate is like in the Congo Basin in February? Do they have endangered species in their own neighborhood? BiomeViewer, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is a free reference app about planet Earth.

Insurrection resources

Jan 15, 2021

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Reflecting on the Democratic Process

The events of January 6, 2021, may generate feelings of fear or anger in students. Teachers can create a space, whether in the physical classroom or on a remote learning platform, for students to express discomfort and feelings of anger or distress that may emerge from discussing these events.

Jan 15, 2021

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Using Current Events to Develop Media Literacy

On January 6, 2021, the nation witnessed a grave breach of its democratic traditions. For the first time in American history, supporters of the losing presidential candidate forcibly disrupted the official counting of electoral votes. PBS NewsHour Extra has provided a classroom resource that includes three activities to teach about the breach of the US Capitol.

Jan 15, 2021

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Reflecting on Contentious and Troubling News

January 6, 2021, will certainly be a day for the history books. For all teachers grappling with how to address the day’s events with students, this Teaching Idea from Facing History and Ourselves is designed to help guide an initial classroom reflection on the insurrection at the United States Capitol on that day.

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