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: Conserving the Jefferson Bible

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 10/15/2011

Hear staff from the museum's paper conservation lab discuss the preservation and repair behind Thomas Jefferson's personal Bible and other paper objects at the museum in this episode of the History Explorer podcast series.   ...


History Explorer Podcast: Courtland Cox on this Generation's Greatest Challenge

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 8 Minutes
Date Posted: 2/18/2014

Freedom Summer veteran Courtland Cox discusses his work in the civil rights movement, the relationship between the work of Freedom Summer and the recent voter registration requirements, and emphasizes that the challenge of this generation of...


History Explorer Podcast: Crockett Johnson: Art and Math in the Age of Sputnik

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/15/2011

You might remember Crockett Johnson as the writer and illustrator of Harold and the Purple Crayon . In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Peggy Kidwell discusses how Johnson's mathematical artwork was i...


History Explorer Podcast: Discovering Slack Key Guitar History

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 12 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

What do British cattle and Mexican cowboys have to do with the history of Hawaiian folk music? A lot, as it turns out. Slack Key guitar master Reverend Dennis Kamakahi explains in this episode of the History Explorer podcast series. The epis...


History Explorer Podcast: Exploring the Electric Guitar

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 14 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/22/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, learn about the invention of this fascinating instrument as Exhibition Program Manager Monica Smith discusses the history of the guitar and those involved in its creation. The Teacher’s...


History Explorer Podcast: Fifty Years of Lasers

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 16 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/23/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, curator Hal Wallace talks about the development of the laser, an invention that has as many practical uses as portrayals in science fiction and fantasy.  In addition to audio, this re...


History Explorer Podcast: Fraternal Orders

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 11 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/19/2013

Often incorporating aspects ritual and secrecy, fraternal orders are voluntary associations of men and women that date back to the early 18 th  century. In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, cur...


History Explorer Podcast: Freedom Songs

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 19 Minutes
Date Posted: 2/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Christopher Wilson, Director of the Program in African American Culture, discusses the use of freedom songs during the civil rights movement and how they are incorporated into publ...


History Explorer Podcast: Harlem Globetrotters and Early Professional Basketball

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted: 3/16/2012

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, c urator Eric Jentsch discusses the history of the Harlem Globetrotters, an all-African American basketball team that barnstormed through segregated America to become the world's mo...


History Explorer Podcast: Henry Fitz's Telescope Shop

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 12 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/28/2012

In this episdoe of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Steven Turner discusses the work and shop of Henry Fitz, America's first commercially successful telescope manufacturer. The resource includes an image-enhanced podcast, te...

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