Here’s one more in my series of mid-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,700 of the lists here).
You might also be interested in these previous posts:
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2016 – Part Two
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2016 – So Far
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2015 – Part Two
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2015 — So Far
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2014 — Part Two
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2014 — So Far
The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sites
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – Part Two
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – So Far
All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) Related To Social Studies In One Place
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2012 — Part Two
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2012 — Part One
The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2011
The Best “The Best…” Lists Related To Social Studies — 2010
The Best Social Studies Websites — 2010
The Best Social Studies Websites — 2009
The Best Social Studies Websites — 2008
The Best Social Studies Websites — 2007
Here are my choices for The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2017— So Far:
“History does not move on the machinations of a select group of great people”
A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The North Korea Missile Crisis
The Global Jukebox is an amazing repository of folks songs from all over the world. They’re organized in a couple of ways, including geographically. Here’s how they describe themselves:
The Global Jukebox pays tribute to the expressive styles of all peoples within the framework of cultural equity and the diversity which is crucial to our survival as a species.
You can read more about it at Open Culture’s post, New, Interactive Web Site Puts Online Thousands of International Folk Songs Recorded by the Great Folklorist Alan Lomax. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.
Google unveiled a huge redesign of Google Earth. The changes include being now completely browser-based, letting you see the world in 3-D, and providing guided “Voyager” tours. You can read more about the changes at:
Introducing the New Google Earth, Google Maps Mania
Redesigned Google Earth brings guided tours and 3D view to Chrome browsers and Android devices, The Verge
In The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of History’s Most Influential People, Events & Ideas, I share good models that I use for models – or just ideas – for student projects. Here are a few additions:
25 Moments That Changed America is from TIME.
Ancient World Maps that Changed the World: See Maps from Ancient Greece, Babylon, Rome, and the Islamic World is from Open Culture.
The Best Resources On The Famine Threatening 20 Million People & How To Help
The Best Resources Showing Conflicts Around The World
A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools
25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students is an important collection of videos and accompanying lesson plans from The New York Times Learning Network. It’s not to be missed… I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.
The Atlantic unveiled the “Life Timeline” interactive. Use a “drop-and-drag” menu to input your birthday, and it will deliver a visually engaging history of the key events that have happened during your lifetime. The timeline includes political, cultural, technological and other kinds of developments, along with an intriguing short summary. You can read more about the Life Timeline tool here. As we all know, teenagers love to talk and write about themselves, and this tool could be an intriguing personal hook to connect with history. It doesn’t really fit into The Best “Today In History” Sites list, but I can’t think of a better place to put it.
There are lots of ideas we want our students to learn about being an active citizen, and strategies for achieving social change is one of them (see The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change and The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship).
Kathryn Schulz published an excellent analysis and guide for effective ways to communicate with your congressperson in The New Yorker – What Calling Congress Achieves. I wouldn’t use the whole piece in class, but excerpts would be very engaging.
How to Make Your Congressman Listen to You is also very good, and much more accessible – it’s a series of tweets from a former Congressional staffer.
The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges
The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies
I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies
GlobalXplorer is a crowdsourced tool supported by TED that lets users search satellite imagery for signs of looting so that archaeological sites can be saved. The first country they are searching is Peru. It seems like it would be an excellent student project – the geographic “tiles” that are searched don’t seem too big, the “training” required (watching a short video) seems pretty easy, and the supplemental materials from National Geographic about Peru are ideal for Geography class. You can read more about the project at TED. In many ways, the project is similar to Zooniverse, another crowdsourced site for “citizen” science and social science projects (see “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!).
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The Best “Around The World” Videos
“Good Judgment” Is A Site Where Our Students Can Showcase Their Forecasting Skills
The Best Videos For Learning About Civil Disobedience
The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees
A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The Women’s March
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The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017
Max Roser at “Our World In Data” has really done an impressive job highlighting key indicators at his “A history of global living conditions in 5 charts.” In addition, he has created a chart summarizing the global development over the last 200 years as the story of 100 people (available at the same link). I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About World History and to The Best Sites That Show Statistics By Reducing The World & The U.S. To 100 People.
Radio Garden is an online interactive map of radio stations that you can listen to from around the world. It’s pretty nifty, and you can read more about it at The Atlantic’s article, The Map That Lets You Listen to the Radio Everywhere. It would be a good companion to Radiooooo, one of the coolest music sites around. You can click a country on a world map and then click a decade from the past 120 years, and it will then play music from that area and from that time period. Both of them are now at The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.
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