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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History Explorer Podcast: Remembering John Levy

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 11 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/11/2013

Though not as well-known as figures such as Duke Ellington or Ella Fitzgerald, John Levy made significant contributions to jazz music, both as a bassist and as the first black personal manager in jazz. In this episode of History Explorer, Sa...


History Explorer Podcast: Road Trip Edition

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 38 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/14/2012

Special summer edition: Going on a road trip? Along the way, listen to this special edition of the History Explorer podcast series. It’s a compilation of some newer and older podcasts around the theme of perhaps the most common car rid...


History Explorer Podcast: Sugar and Sweeteners in American History

Grade Range: K-0
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted: 12/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, curator Deborah Warner discusses the role of sugar and various sweeteners in American history. In addition to being a staple in the American diet, sugar's role in our nation's history tou...


History Explorer Podcast: Thanksgiving and Harvest Celebrations

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media
Duration: 20 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/19/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Rayna Green discusses the history of Thanksgiving, American Indian foodways, and what how and what we eat can teach us about American history.  The teacher guide includes di...


History Explorer Podcast: The Bracero Program

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 10/11/2012

During World War II, America began its largest experiment with guest Labor, The Mexican Farm Labor Program. Commonly called the bracero program, this little known chapter of American and Mexican history touched the lives of countless men, wo...


History Explorer Podcast: The Early Modern Olympics

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 12 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/20/2012

The first Olympic Games began in 776 BC, but the Olympic Games as we know them today started much later—the 19th century.  Learn about the surprising beginnings of the modern Olympic Games and how much has changed since with curat...


History Explorer Podcast: The First Video Game

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted: 1/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, hear museum staff person Petrina Foti discuss inventor Ralph Baer, the first video game, and how to read the stories in objects.  The resource package includes a transcript, teacher guid...


History Explorer Podcast: The Jazz Oral History Project

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/18/2012

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Ken Kimery, executive director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the importance of the Jazz Oral History Project. Ken explains the history of the program and its ...


History Explorer Podcast: The Man With the Fish On His Back

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 14 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/22/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Diane Wendt introduces us to one of the stranger objects in the museum's collection and gives an insight into cod liver oil and its ties to the history of brand marketing. Includes ac...


History Explorer Podcast: The Richmond Hoard

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted: 4/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Richard Doty, senior curator of the National Numismatics Collection, shares the story of the "Richmond Hoard," an enormous collection of Confederate currency obtained by the museum...

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