Geography, History, Culture
Museums & Cultural Institutions - Remote Access
"Coronavirus Lockdown: Gallery Pieces Become Online Jigsaw Puzzles." BBC News, 5 Apr. 2020.
Feliciano, Jolanta. "Virtual Field Trips." Padlet, 2020.
Jones, Amanda. "Journey with Jones: Leading Virtual Field Trips during COVID-19." KQ, AASL, 30 Mar. 2020, Ms Jones has figured out - and shares - how to lead your own virtual field trip - without leaving home! She also offers a link to see the trips she has led.
Jones, Drew. "12 Historic Sites You Can Virtually Tour from the Couch during the Coronavirus Outbreak." Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2020.
Kessler, Linda, and Audrey Eads. "North Texas Zoos, Planetariums and More Are Keeping Families Engaged." Dallas Morning News,6 April 2020. "Help time fly with activities and games, virtual tours, videos of animals and oddities, and so much more."
Kozin, Daniel. "People Are Re-creating Famous Works of Art at Home in Isolation." AFAR, 13 Apr. 2020.
"'Learning Through Art' at Home." Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2020. Online materials to use now, whether you are a parent who wants new ways to think about art with your kids, or perhaps you're teaching school remotely and need fresh ideas. These materials are designed to be used with the MFAH art collections. Find a work of art via the Learning Through Art online resource, and try your hand at sketching, poetry, science, and more. Each activity offers fun for the grades and ages indicated. Feel free to explore them all. Many can be modified for other ages, too.
Solly, Meilan. "Eight Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian." Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2020.
The newly launched #SmithsonianEdu campaign highlights 1.7 million online tools geared specifically toward students and teachers.
"A Virtual Playground for Your Mind." Childrens Museum Houston, Mar. 2020. Offering both a daily schedule to "Extend learning at home with daily inspiration and activities." and a Facebook Live access point to the same programming.
"Smithsonian Open Access." Smithsonian Open Access, Smithsonian.org. Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian's images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
"Rock Hall Edu." Rock Hall Edu, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Waldorf, Sarah, and Annelisa Stephan. "Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items by Creative Geniuses the World Over." The Iris, Behind the Scenes at the Getty, The Getty, 30 Mar. 2020.
For local Houston inspiration, here’s the Menil website.
Open Culture website
“Fifty: Photo collections from every state in the Union—a new entry each Sunday through 2020.” Atlantic magazine, 2020. A new state is added each Sunday.
Seterra. More than 300 online map quizzes in 36 languages for students. Free printables allow for handwritten quizzes. The website is free but the app is $1.99 for iOS or Android.
National Geographic. “Classroom Resources.” Sorted for for K-2, 3-5, and 6-12. Includes mapping activities as well as science articles.
National Geographic. “Connecting with the World of Maps.” Earth Science, Climatology, Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for grades 5+.
Taylor, Alan. Fifty. Atlantic. Photo collections from every state in the union - a new one every Sunday through 2020.
Bensfield, Anne and Pamela Rogers. “8 Podcasts About Civics and U.S. History | Kidcasts.” SLJ, 20 May 2020.
Betts, Timothy. “Mr. Betts’ Class.” “In order to make the content come alive, I had to speak the language of the students,” explains Mr. Betts. “Video is the main medium for consuming information for this age group.” In parodies of popular songs, Mr. Betts explores topics such as the lost colony of Roanoke (set to Frozen’s “Let It Go”) and the United States Constitution (set to the song of the summer “Despacito”).
Constitution Center. Interactive Constitution. Maybe more for secondary students, but how cool is this to get to look in depth at our US Constitution.
Molitor, Scott & Lynn. “George Washington Mt. Vernon Virtual Tour.” Founders Washington Committee for Historic Mt. Vernon.
US Government Printing Office. “Ben’s Guide.” Levels of Apprentice (ages 4-8), Journeyman (ages 9-13), and Master (ages 14+) offer lessons and games “by” Ben Franklin to support better understanding of our US government. Maybe this is a great time to learn more about how the US federal government is supposed to work!
This is a short video of the sun shining through the oculus of the Pantheon in Rome posted by MiBACT, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Italy).
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