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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. (2015, 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. (2015; 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 (2015, 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; date unknown).
Beyond the Fire [Link opens a PDF] - 'Introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones. These stories tell of loss, hope, fear, strength and despair - and most of all, resilience.' (2004, ITVS and Corporation for Public Broadcasting) [NOTE: Transcripts only; interactive & audio no longer work.]
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. (2015, 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 (2004 - 2015; 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 (2015, Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, SGU Productions, LLC; 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; site includes advertisements). See also Consumer Education & Money Management.
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 (1994 - 2014, Dr. Alfred Snider et al., University of Vermont; videos hosted on Vimeo). 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. (2015, University of California).
Encyclopedia of Philosophy - In-depth articles on philosophy and philosophers, arranged A to Z. High school and up (2014, Stanford University). Philosopher Timeline is a chronological list of important philosophers with a one or two sentence summary of the work of each (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 (2015, Santa Clara University). For grades 3 - 8, see Sticky Situation (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)
Frontline VIDEO - Online documentaries and related background materials explore and illuminate 'the tough, controversial, and complex issues that shape our times.' Also now includes podcasts AUDIO versions of full-length episodes. High school and up. (1995 - 2015, WGBH / PBS; site includes advertisements).
Food: Our Global Kitchen - A collection of articles giving an overview of the production, trade, preparation, and consumption of food around the world - past, present, and future. Middle school and up (2012, American Museum of Natural History). See also Fresh from the World: Where Your Food Comes From, for elementary and middle school (2008, University of Illinois Extension). Sustainable Table 'celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food... helps consumers understand the problems with our food supply and offer viable solutions and alternatives' (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment). Big Food 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 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 (2012, 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 (2011, Foundation for the National Archives). For more on the history of food and agriculture, see our World History: Food & Farming links.
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. (2015, Children, Youth & Women's Health Service, Government of South Australia).
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. (2015, 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 (2015, American Society of Newspaper Editors). The Student Press Law Center AUDIO also has useful information for student journalists (2015; 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 (2012 - 2014, New York University).
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)
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 (2012 - 2015, MediaSmarts Canada; formerly Media Awareness Network). You'll find more media literacy resources at Teen Health & the Media (University of Washington; date unknown).
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 AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Homework help, videos, activities, maps, and other resources on geography, environment, and wildlife for kids & teens, pre-K through college. (1996 - 2015, National Geographic Society; sites include advertisements)
Newseum Digital Classroom UPDATED LINK! 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.)
Poverty in Focus VIDEO - A collection of interviews with low-income people in New Jersey. It shows the daily struggles faced by low-income people, and puts a human face to the issue of poverty (2015, Legal Services of New Jersey).
Psychology: An Introduction - An online college-level psychology textbook (2007 - 2014; 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 - 2014; 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.' (2003 - 2015; a non-partisan public opinion research and education group)
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 - 2013, 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 - 2015; 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 (2000 - 2015; 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 - 2013, Dr. Frank Elwell, Rogers State University)
Social Studies for Kids NEW! VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Learning resources for kids on current events, countries & cultures, and geography. Separate sections for grades K-5 and grades 6-8, and for teachers & parents (2015, Kids.gov). Edsitement History & Social Studies NEW! offers lesson plans and related materials for K-12 (National Endowment for the Humanities).
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 - 2014, Dr. Frank Elwell, Rogers State University).
Story Corps - 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). On 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). 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.).
Sustainability AUDIO - A collection of radio stories covering a wide range of current topics in environmental and economic sustainability, including energy, food production, jobs, and climate change. See also Consumed: Can We Afford the Consumer Economy AUDIO. High school and up. (2013-2014, American Public Media; site includes advertisements)
Training in Multimedia Reporting - See Digital Media Tutorials, above.
Unicef Podcasts and Vodcasts AUDIO VIDEO - Global radio & video programs from UNICEF focusing on the health, education, equality and protection of children; suitable for high school and up. (2005 - 2015, 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 UPDATED LINK! AUDIO - Learning resources including stories, folk tales, and foreign language lessons from Peace Corps Volunteers around the world; browse by geographic area or themes such as food, arts & music, environment, and more. Peace Corps Passport is 'the window on what it's like to serve in the Peace Corps.' Includes blog posts by current & returned volunteers, staff, and thought leaders in international development. Peace Corps Challenge Game INTERACTIVE - 'Take the role of a Peace Corps Volunteer assigned to the fictional village of Wanzuzu. Explore eight critical challenges villagers are faced with, and determine realistic and sustainable solutions to improve their quality of life.' WebQuests, lesson plans, and multimedia are offered for each challenge. (2013 - 2015, 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 (2015, World Bank).