Site URL: TeachingHistory.org
Content: TeachingHistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media created the site with the goal of increasing access to history content, teaching strategies, resources and research.
Design: The site gets high marks for a clean design and logical organization. A primary scroller offers featured stories, and a row of videos provide some background on what the site offers.
There are two ways to navigate, and both are useful. Directly to the right of the scroller are three links which direct users to the elementary, middle and high school areas of the site. If you’d rather navigate by content type, three links at the top of the page provide a gateway to educator materials, history content and the best practices area.
All of the content is housed on a clean template that is easy to follow. A helpful feature of the video content is a written transcription that appears beneath the video player.
Review: While TeachingHistory.org is more of a clearinghouse than a content-creation site, there is so much useful material here that it doesn’t matter. By compiling useful teaching resources all in one place, the site does the legwork for visitors.
The lesson plans are great, the site reviews are well thought-out and the outgoing links lead to legitimate, non-amateur sites.
Bottom Line: A deep resource for a single academic subject, TeachingHistory.org nails it.