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PLAYMAKERS is an exploration of the experiences and innovations that are leading the way for learning design in the twenty-first century. The seven videos in this series introduce you to a range of people working at the intersection of games and learning, from teachers who happened on the power of play through trial and error, to commercial game designers who set out to make one great game and ended up empowering millions of users to make their own.

Game-Based Learning Brings the History of Civilization to Life

Game-Based Learning Brings the History of Civilization to Life (Transcript) Jason Darnell: Somewhere down the line learning became not fun. I think somehow kids started coming to school and saying, "I'm not gonna have fun today. I'm going to school." And the reward of Historia, it's fun. Rick Brennan: Historia is game-based learning.

World Geography | Interactive Maps | Activities for Kids "

Super Map is a new map-making tool on that allows students to custom-make their own maps of the United States, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, or Asia.

- Top 20 Sites and Apps for Creating Timelines

February 9, 2014 By: David Kapuler A while back I created a list of top 10 sites for creating timelines. Well, since that time mobile learning has really integrated into education and apps have been developed to accomplish this task. I've created a new list combined with apps and sites that are ideal for creating timelines.

Units of Study

PORTS is proud to announce our PORTS Unit of Study Common Core Alignment Project. Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, PORTS is partnering with teachers from several County Offices of Education including Butte County, to bring our Units of Study into alignment with the Common Core State Standards.

48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science | Ideas Out There on

After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) compiled this list of what I deem to be the most useful iPad apps for teaching Geography. I have not rated any of them, or offered any kind of review.

11 Good Web Tools to Create Educational Maps with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

February 10, 2014 Below is a list of some useful web tools for map creation that I have been working on over the weekend. Think of these tools as powerful alternatives to Google Maps or Google Earth.

World History : HyperHistory

World History Online navigates through 3 000 years of world history, world timelines of civilizations (plus maps), people and world events.

Taking the Struggle Out of Group Work

A MiddleWeb Blog by Jody Passanisi & Shara Peters Most history and social studies teachers understand the value of group work, especially now, in the era of collaborative learning. Most of us assign group work. And most students, at one time or another, struggle with it.

Geography |

Established in 2006, offer free online access to a growing range of interactive multimedia e-learning resources and as of 2012 links to recommended educational Apple iPad / iPhone and iPod Touch apps. The online Resource library contains games, quizzes, animations and videos in a variety of subjects. Resources have been produced according to key stage 3 and 4 of the UK National Curriculum for students aged 11 to 16 but will be applicable in many countries.

Mathematics |

Interactive whiteboard resources for Mathematics

Smithsonian Education - Lesson Plans - History and Culture

Some lesson plans are only available in Adobe Acrobat format. Get the reader. Washington's Head-Quarters 1780. At Newburgh, on the Hudson, by an unknown artist,after 1876. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson. This image is from the lesson plan Revolutionary Money.

Product Reviews for Teachers | Social Studies Grades 6 - 8

Reviews and Ratings for Websites and Apps

History images |

Royalty Free Images, Stock Images, Portraits, Old Maps, Illustrations, Engravings, Teacher Resources & Educational Resources at our Image Library Free Licenses for Educational Use.

Map creator online to make a map with multiple color pins and regions

Create a map from location list, crowd source, spreadsheets, etc. Publish, share your interactive maps. Highlight radius and other regions. Get map images.

iTunes Primary Sources

How many of you have checked out iTunes U's repository of primary sources?...

GeoSettr - Create your own GeoGuessr challenge

Create your own GeoGuessr challenge by choosing five locations on Google Street View.

Map Treasure Hunt

Provide as many questions (clues) and answers (locations) as you like to create a virutal 'treasure hunt'.

VoiceThread - About - Digital Library

Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages.

Dr. Alice Christie's GoogleTreks™ Site

GoogleTreks™ for Middle School Kids Science Famous Scientists by Brittany Jimenez This GoogleTrek™ introduces amazing scientists and what they have done for our civilization. Galileo Galilei by Brittany Jimenez This GoogleTrek™ takes you through the life of the famous scientist and inventor, Galileo Galilei.

Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads

The online game is intended for advanced middle- and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln's leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome.

Interactive History - LiveBinder

Welcome to this LiveBinder on Interactive History for students!

A House Divided - LiveBinder

OLHMS 7th Grade Social Studies - In this unit students will be able to explore how geographic, economic, social, and political issues can impact the ideological and structural bond of the United States (past, present, future) with an emphasis on the Antebellum Period.