Resources for Distance Learning

British Museum
This article published by the British Museum staff outlines 11 ways to use the museum’s collections in an online classroom environment, including virtual tours, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and more.

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National Archives
The National Archives offers a long list of ways to visit the archives without leaving school or home. Online databases, professional development webinars, and dozens of lesson plans are among the resources included.

Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning, and Thinking Critically
This is an excellent resource page published by the New York Times. Its purpose is to provide a list of resources and discussion questions to encourage students to think critically about news media. The Times also offers daily writing prompts, short documentary films, and interative multimedia discussions.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance is an organization dedicated to teaching about racism and discrimination in the United States. Many of their lesson plans are suitable for online use, and they have compiled a short list of resources for discussing racism and current events in a distance learning environment.

Lesson of the Day
Short lessons plans featuring current events news articles by the New York Times. If you’re not sure where to start, try looking at Over 100 Lesson Plans Based on New York Times Articles.

Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers
This four-part article offers sound advice for educators new to distance learning, with tips on technical issues, mental health, getting into a good routine, acclimating students to a new learning environment, and more. It is also available as a podcast.

Facing History
This website hosts a wealth of content suitable for use in an online classroom environment. It provides an excellent list of resources, including tips for providing emotional support to adolescent students, on-demand webinars, and even a guide for organizing online book clubs.

MIT Open Courseware
MIT Open courseware is perhaps best described by the site itself: “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” This link takes you to their section on history, but classroom materials are offered across many subjects.