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: Japanese Internment and WWII Service

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 2/15/2012

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curatorial assistant Noriko Sanefuji interviews Grant Ichikawa, a US veteran who enlisted after being relocated to a Japanese American internment camp with his family in 1942.Allowed to ...


History Explorer Podcast: Joseph Henry and the History of Weather Prediction in the U.S.

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/25/2012

Learn about the history of predicting weather in the United States from actor Dwayne Starlin playing Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian.  Henry played a crucial role in creating a weather prediction service in the United S...


History Explorer Podcast: June Johnson

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/12/2013

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, hear activist and Mississippi native June Johnson discuss her work in the civil rights movement, including during Mississippi Freedom Summer.  Johnson was a teenager when she became acti...


History Explorer Podcast: Martha Prescott Norman

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/30/2013

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, civil rights activist Martha Prescott Norman discusses her decision to join the civil rights movement against the wishes of her parents, and her experiences in the movement, including during ...


History Explorer Podcast: Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Master

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 12/31/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Ken Kimery, Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the career of jazz musician Mary Lou Williams and the value of studying jazz in American history. ...


History Explorer Podcast: Memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 8 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/16/2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a household name in most of America, but what do we really know about him?  And what do we know about the people who were just as central to the Civil Rights movement as King was?  Take a listen to this brief p...


History Explorer Podcast: National History Day

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 18 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, learn what it takes to develop a great National History Day project from museum staff members who have judged the website, exhibits, and essay competitions at national level. National H...


History Explorer Podcast: Objects from September 11

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted: 9/1/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, James Gardner, Former Senior Scholar and Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, discusses the Museum's collection efforts and object stories following the terrorist attack...


History Explorer Podcast: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media
Duration: 11 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/20/2012

In this episode of the History Explorer Podcast, curator Rayna Green discusses what we can learn from seemingly simple line drawings about the lives and memories of Plains Indians who lived over 130 years ago.  The resources include a t...


History Explorer Podcast: Portraiture and Identity

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Shannon Perich, curator in the Photographic Collection at the Museum examines three unique photographic portraits, showing how portraiture and the creation of an image between sitt...

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