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All About America VIDEO - A collection of articles, pamphlets, and other resources exploring diverse aspects of U.S. life and culture. (U.S. State Department)
Allies and Aliens AUDIO INTERACTIVE - 'It's 3065 and Earth needs you for an important mission. Do you have what it takes to help Earth make the right decision? Enter the world of Allies and Aliens and you'll find out!' Allies and Aliens is a fun way to learn about bias, stereotyping, misinformation and propaganda techniques found on the Internet and in other media. Middle school. (2005, Media Smarts)
Amazing Kids! - Stories of kids who are accomplishing amazing things in education, arts, science, athletics, and community service. New stories featured monthly. Now includes an online magazine with fiction, poetry, reviews, and articles about life in different parts of the world. (Non-profit organization)
Annenberg Classroom AUDIO VIDEO - Current events, articles, discussion, and media on the U.S. Constitution and its amendments; includes a weekly podcast. For high school students and teachers (Annenberg Public Policy Center).
Anthropology INTERACTIVE - Colorful lessons with lots of fun activities to help you learn about anthropology, 'the study of people everywhere - today, yesterday, and long ago.' There is a related page on Archaeology INTERACTIVE, 'the study of past life through what's been left behind.' Middle school and up. (American Museum of Natural History).
Congressional Award - 'The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you would like to try for the first time. To earn the Award, you set goals in four Program Areas: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition / exploration.' The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds, and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. (Congressional Award Foundation)
Critical Thinking Web - Online tutorials, quiz, and other materials will help you understand what critical thinking is, why it is important, and how to develop your critical thinking skills (by Dr. Joe Lau and Dr. Jonathan Chan, University of Hong Kong). See also Logic and Argument (1995, University of Victoria) and Top 20 Logical Fallacies (New England Skeptical Society; site includes advertisements). High school and up. See also Debating Skills, below.
Cyber Economics - 'A complete, online textbook for introductory economics. CyberEconomics is an easy-to-read approach to economics with a variety of interactive problems and questions.' For college or advanced high school students. (1998 - 2013; by Robert Schenk, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Saint Joseph's College - Indiana; site includes advertisements)
Debating Skills VIDEO - This series of video lectures teaches you how to 'develop strong ideas, to present them effectively, to defend them skillfully, and to critically analyze opposing ideas'. High school and up (2008, Dr. Alfred Snider et al., University of Vermont). See also Critical Thinking Web and related links, above.
Digital Media Tutorials - Online tutorials in reporting, video, audio, photography, web development, mashups, social media and more. (University of California).
Encyclopedia of Philosophy - In-depth articles on philosophy and philosophers, arranged A to Z. High school and up (Stanford University). Philosopher Timeline is a chronological list of important philosophers with a one or two sentence summary of the work of each, plus additional information on 20 great philosophers AUDIO (2005, British Broadcasting Corporation).
Ethics : Applied Ethics VIDEO - Online resources (articles, cases, and links) examining ethical issues in a variety of situations and settings, including business, campus, government, environment, law, media, technology, and others. High school and up (Santa Clara University). For grades 3 - 8, see Sticky Situation UPDATED LINK! (2009 - 2010, New York Times and Scholastic, Inc.).
Everyday Sociology Blog VIDEO - Jargon-free commentary by four sociologists and guest contributors 'on everything from politics, religion, race, and inequality to pop culture.' High school and up. (W. W. Norton & Company, book publishers)
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) : History & Social Studies - Selected links to a wide variety of learning resources on topics related to social studies, arranged by subject. For grades K-12; age level varies for specific resources. This page was archived in 2013. For the new version of the site, see FREE Beta NEW!.
Frontline VIDEO - Online documentaries and related background materials explore and illuminate 'the tough, controversial, and complex issues that shape our times.' Includes video and audio podcasts. High school and up. (PBS; site includes advertisements).
Game Theory INTERACTIVE - Clearinghouse for educational materials on Game Theory, the study of how people interact and make decisions. 'Students may gain greater familiarity with the theory by browsing lecture notes, text books, a glossary of terms, or online evaluation aids. Then, see how the theory can be applied to games, business, and life.' High school and up. (2001 - 2006; Dr. Mike Shor, Vanderbilt University; site includes advertisements)
Glencoe Social Studies - Textbook companion site / online learning center for New Jersey middle school and high school students, covering U.S. history, world history, world geography & cultures, government & civics, and other social studies topics. Includes chapter overviews, quizzes, activities, glossaries, links to related web resources, and more. Also includes a separate section for teachers. (2005 - 2012, Glencoe McGraw-Hill)
Globalization - Personal stories on various aspects of globalization, from people around the world. (1997-2009, Topics Online Magazine for Learners of English)
Good Manners - Basic lessons explain the reasons for practicing good manners, and teach you what good manners look like at home, at school, at the table, on the phone, etc. For elementary and middle school students. (2011, Children, Youth & Women's Health Service, Government of South Australia). See also Emily Post Institute : Children & Teens; (site includes advertisements).
Greater Good Science Center - An interdisciplinary research center devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior. Includes an online magazine. High school and up. (University of California)
High School Journalism - A variety of resources for journalism students (and teachers), including links to useful learning resources, plus information on awards & scholarships, apps, tools, equipment & software, workshops & camps, careers, colleges & scholarships, games, and more (American Society of Newspaper Editors). The Student Press Law Center AUDIO also has useful information for student journalists (non-profit organization). See also Digital Media Tutorials, above. Deception for Journalism's Sake 'collects many decades of high-impact, sometimes controversial, mostly U.S.-generated journalism that used undercover techniques.' Covers themes such as prison infiltrations, slavery, poverty, migrant workers, hospitals & nursing homes, gender / class / ethnic impersonations, and many more; high school and up (New York University).
Hot Topics - Links to information on current issues from abortion to terrorism (2013 - 2014, St. Ambrose University). Political Advocacy Groups provides links to education and advocacy groups from both (or multiple) sides of a variety of issues; site is currently being updated (Washington State University). High school and up. See also EBSCO Points of View Reference Center.
Kids' Vid VIDEO - Lessons and tools for scripting, making, editing, and showing videos in the classroom; middle school and up. (2000 - 2009, ALTEC at the University of Kansas; site includes advertisements)
Landmark Supreme Court Cases - Summaries, excerpts, and analyses of some major U.S. Supreme Court cases such as Dred Scott, Miranda, and Brown v. Board of Education. Includes interactive activities. High school and up. (2010, Street Law and Supreme Court Historical Society)
Meaning of Food - An exploration of culture through food: the significance of what we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who's at the table, and who eats first. Middle school through high school (2005, PBS; site includes advertisements). Our Global Kitchen provides an overview of the production, trade, preparation, and consumption of food around the world - past, present, and future. Middle school and up (American Museum of Natural History). See also Fresh from the World : Where Your Food Comes From; elementary and middle school (University of Illinois Extension). Big Food NEW! VIDEO INTERACTIVE explores our evolutionary history, our complex food environment, and the serious health consequences of obesity; high school and up (2012, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History et al.). Resetting the Table NEW! examines the immense changes that took place between 1950 and 2000 in what and how Americans ate, and in how they thought and felt about food (American Museum of Natural History). In What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? VIDEO you can learn about the history of the U.S. government's involvement in agriculture, food processing & labeling, and American eating habits (Foundation for the National Archives). Agriculture in the Classroom offers a variety of K - 12 teaching and learning resources about food & farming (U.S. Department of Agriculture et al.). For more on the history of food and agriculture, see our World History : Food & Farming links.
Media Smarts : Digital & Media Literacy - Resources for examining issues such as body image, diversity, violence, consumerism, gender roles, cyberbullying, marketing, privacy, video games, and much more. For K-12 students, parents, and teachers (MediaSmarts Canada; formerly Media Awareness Network). You'll find more media literacy resources at Teen Health & the Media (University of Washington).
Mind Your Own Business - Helps you explore the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur, by walking you through five easy steps of setting up and operating a business (explore, decide, build, connect, succeed); use the menu bar to navigate. Includes teen business links and stories of teen entrepreneurs. (2011, U.S. Small Business Administration & Junior Achievement)
National Geographic Education NEW! AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Homework help, video, games, maps, and other resources on geography, environment, and wildlife for kids & teens, pre-K through college. (National Geographic Society; sites include advertisements)
NEWS : PBS NewsHour Extra VIDEO - Current events articles and related learning materials for students and teachers, grades 7 - 12. Choices : Teaching with the News provides materials and ideas to help high school students and teachers explore the policy issues behind the news headlines of the day; free registration required (Brown University). Current Events from Holt McDougal offers short articles on current events and issues, with links to related information, plus a daily quiz, calendar of events, 'Today in History' and other features; for grades 6 through 12 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company). See also Scholastic News VIDEO for grades 3 - 8, Scholastic Kids Press Corps for elementary & middle school (Scholastic.com; site includes advertisements), and Time Magazine for Kids for grades K - 6 (site includes advertisements).
Newseum Digital Classroom VIDEO - 'Primary sources, interactives, videos and lesson plans bring history, journalism and the First Amendment to life for students.' Features interactive timelines, archival videos and downloadable historic front pages, with lesson plans for middle, high school and college teachers and students. (Newseum news museum, Washington, D.C.)
ProPublica - Investigative reports on a variety of current issues, including the economic stimulus package & bailouts, health care reform, Guantanamo detainees, natural gas drilling, and more; includes a podcast AUDIO. High school and up. (Independent non-profit organization)
Psychology: An Introduction - An online college-level psychology textbook (2007 - 2011; by Dr. Russell A. Dewey, Georgia Southern University; site includes advertisements). Psychology Dictionary & Glossary for students offers definitions of terms, concepts and theories related to psychology and mental health; high school and up (2005 - 2013; ITS Tutorial School, Hong Kong).
Public Agenda Discussion Starters - Citizen guides on current issues such as education, energy, health care, economy, immigration, and others. Each guide 'outlines different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons, & trade-offs of each choice.' (A non-partisan public opinion research and education group)
Responsibility Project VIDEO - A collection of articles, blog posts, and short films exploring 'what it means to do the right thing.' Website may be slow to load and navigate. Middle school and up. (Liberty Mutual).
Service Learning Primer - A guide to the whys and hows of doing a community service project. Aimed at teachers, but material will also be useful to students planning a service project. Includes dozens of examples of projects for elementary through high school. Site is not regularly updated, so expect broken links (2007, Live Wire Media, educational media producer).
Social Psychology Network - Thousands of links related to psychology. You can search by keyword, or browse links by topic. High school and up (1996 - 2014; by Dr. Scott Plous, Wesleyan University). Topic Resources : Social Psychology AUDIO VIDEO links to articles & other resources on topics such as aggression, altruism, relationships, conflict, gender, prejudice, the self, and more; high school and up (created by Jon Mueller, Professor of Psychology at North Central College, Naperville, IL).
Social Science Glossary - Brief definitions of terms, arranged A to Z. High school and up. (2010, Dr. Frank Elwell, Rogers State University)
Social Theorists - Bibliographies, PowerPoint lectures, links to primary sources and other materials on eight classical social theorists: T. Robert Malthus, Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, Herbert Spencer, Thorstein Veblen, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and W. E. B. Dubois. There is also a related page on dozens of Modern Social Theorists. College or advanced high school students. (2002 - 2007, Dr. Frank Elwell, Rogers State University). Pages are not regularly updated, so expect some broken links.
This I Believe - 'Americans from all walks of life share the personal philosophies and core values that guide their daily lives.' (2005 - 2009, NPR; site includes advertisements). Story Corps is a growing oral history archive of everyday Americans, interviews by a friend, neighbor, or family member — 'a WPA for the 21st Century.' Includes a Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide on how to record your own interviews at home (Sound Portrait Productions, with NPR and Library of Congress). For more on creating your own oral histories, see Oral History in the Digital Age : Getting Started; high school and up (2012, Institute of Museum and Library Services et al.).
Training in Multimedia Reporting - See Digital Media Tutorials, above.
Unicef Radio AUDIO - Audio reports and in-depth programs on the world's children, advocating for the protection of children's rights, and promoting the equal rights of women and girls. Created for journalists; suitable high school and up. (United Nations)
Walk in My Shoes - Activities designed to help you understand what it feels like to grow older, what happens to our bodies as we age, and what is true and not true about aging and older people. (University of Illinois Extension)
Worldwise Schools - Stories, letters, folk tales, and poems from Peace Corps Volunteers around the world; you can search the collection by grade, region, subject, language, etc. (Peace Corps)
Youthink! About Development - 'A blog for sharing stories and ideas on how young people are shaping the fight against poverty and the future of development.' Includes complementary multimedia and stories. High school and up (World Bank).