Interactives & Media

A complete listing of all the standards-based educational resources that includes audio, video, and interactive resources. Many of these resources are designed to be used by the learner without help from a teacher or parent.


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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this interactive map, students can explore the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images.  This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.


The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

With this interactive timeline, students can study the history and culture of Puerto Rico.  This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.


The Time Trial of Benedict Arnold

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 135 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/3/2012

In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of Benedict Arnold.  Using video clips of an actor playing Arnold, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how histo...


The Time Trial of John Brown

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 135 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/3/2012

In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of John Brown.  Using video clips of an actor playing Brown, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how history should re...


The Voting Machine and Election Reform

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around an 1898 Standard Voting Machine, the fight against voting fraud and the extension of voting rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Students will learn how voting technology ...


To March or Not to March

Grade Range: 3-5
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 25 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/5/2010

In this activity, children pretend to be an American during 1963 and decide whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Included in an ...


Tracking the Buffalo: You Be The Historian

Grade Range: 4-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

What can we learn by studying a buffalo hide painting? In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians by determining the meaning of stories told on a buffalo hide painting and compare their interpretations to that of...


Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage

Grade Range: K-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the ...


Transportation History Videos

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Three short videos provide an overview of American transportation history in three different eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000.  These videos are included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses o...


Transportation Infrastructure Videos

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 10 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Three short videos provide an overview of the history of America's transportation infrastructure in three eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000.  These videos are included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , wh...

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