Monday, January 28, 2013

Five Good Feeds for U.S. History Teachers

I subscribe to roughly 300 blogs (honestly, I stopped keeping track a while ago). Usually, when I say that at conference or workshop the follow-up question I get goes something like this, "can you recommend some good blogs for X?" So this week I'm going to publish a short list each day of the blogs that usually come to mind when someone asks me to make a recommendation for a blog related to teaching a particular subject area. Since the bulk of my teaching experience is in social studies, I'm starting with that. Here are five feeds that U.S. History teachers should check out.

The US National Archives is an all around good resource for history teachers to have bookmarked. I've written about some of their services in the past (here and here) and today I'd like to remind you of the National Archives Today's Document feed. Every day Today's Document features a new image or document from the archives. The documents are usually accompanied by some additional research links and lesson plan resources.

Glenn Wiebe's History Tech blog is one that I've cited in some of my posts in the past. Glenn does a great job of blending tech, history, and current news into his posts. I particularly enjoyed this post about the Electoral College Election.

Glenn also developed Social Studies Central which houses a good collection of resources for social studies teachers.

I've featured the excellent video productions of Keith Hughes quite a few times in the past. If you're not familiar with the Hip Hughes History YouTube channel, go take a look at it right now. Keith does an excellent job of taking important events and themes in history and breaking them down into short, educational, and entertaining (if you're a history geek like me) lessons.

You can't teach U.S. History without teaching the Civil War. Teaching the Civil War With Technology, written by Jim Beeghley, has provided me with some good ideas to use in my own lessons. Make sure you give his podcast a listen too.

The Library of Congress offers a daily artifact feed similar to the one offered by the National Archives. Today in History from The Library of Congress offers a new image or document along with the story of the notable event or person connected to it.