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How All 50 States Got Their Names

<b>Alabama</b><p>Before Europeans landed on American shores, the upper stretches of the Alabama River in present-day Alabama used to be the home lands of a …

The medieval slave trade routes of Eastern Europe

4/15/2014 07:00:00 PM<p>The routes of slave trade in Eastern Europe in the medieval and pre-modern period extended all the way to the Caspian Sea and …

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

So what can you do to more explicitly teach adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information?<p>Dimensions of Critical Evaluation<p>First, …

Associated Press News

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

Women’s History Month: 6 Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

• TeachingHistory.org’s Women’s History Resources: This is a one-stop shop for diving deep into Women’s History Month. Educators will find learning …

5 (Recent) Historical Events You Should Discuss with Your Students

This conversation got me thinking about other important events from the 21st century that my students were unaware of but that will have lasting …

Teaching History by Connecting Human Intelligence, Innovation and Agency

The first challenge in teaching any aspect of the deep past is the most obvious. Because objects, rather than traditional written documentation, …

Historia: Game-Based Learning for Middle School History

That is, until we folded learning games into the mix.<p>Whenever we used learning games, the classroom atmosphere was electrified, and our students were …

Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

The same is true in the classroom. Often teachers try to solve an unstable situation, only to escalate to the point where any intervention might not …

Teaching

10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners

Here are ten ideas to get you started on your journey toward <i>not</i> becoming the classroom dinosaur you have always feared becoming.<p>1. Blogging<p>Blogging …

Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture

After dipping into the controversy over lectures, the paragraphs below will explore why this instructional method deserves some love, followed by …

20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps

Evernote<p>Evernote is a multiplatform app, but you cannot edit simultaneously. It's compatible with the Livescribe Smartpen, which uses a tiny camera …

Education Technology

Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade

Has the tiny nation of Burundi become ground zero for a new global black-market trade in human remains?<p>BUJUMBURA, Burundi – In evenings when the …

"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

The Downside of Memory Aids<p>Unless students are blessed with an exceptional memory, most of the stuff we teach won't be remembered or used beyond the …

Teaching

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Explicit instruction on cognitive strategies that can help students learn <i>how</i> to learn may have a positive impact on both academic performance and …

Report: Global Freedom Has Been Declining for Nearly a Decade

A third of the world's population lives in countries without political rights and civil liberties, according to a new study.<p>In 2013, for the eighth year in a row, more countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties than gains. Even as the number of electoral democracies in …

Top Gear’s Test Track Now On Street View As The Stig Does Donuts Around A Google Camera Car

Google has added the Top Gear track to Google Street View (via 9to5Google), which fans of the UK automotive show will recognize instantly. You could sort of experience driving it from the cockpit camera footage the program itself uses, but now you can ride along through Chicago, the Hammerhead, …

11 Little-Known Words for Specific Family Members

The words we use for family members in English are specific about some things, and vague about others. Our vocabulary marks a distinction between our …

Teach Kids to Use the Four-Letter Word

The "Other" Common Core<p>Haven't heard of grit? You're hardly alone. In an educational culture consumed by grading, ranking and incentivizing (think No …

Pedagogy

Remembering Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919

On January 15, 1919, Boston suffered one of history’s strangest disasters: a devastating flood of molasses. The “Great Molasses Flood” tore through …

Puerto Rico

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

European Travel

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Roadmap

The 1927 U.S. Plan to Invade Canada

<i>Dan Lewis runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click</i> …