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Recommendation:5 of 5
Digital History is a comprehensive multimedia resource for American history. The site does an excellent job utilizing technology to provide resources for history students. The variety of information and media are exceptional. The site originated in 2004 and still contains a few components that are 'under construction.' However, the site appears to be frequently updated and added to.
From the website: "This Web site was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges and is supported by the Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston. "The materials on this Web site include a U.S. history textbook; over 400 annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on deposit at the Pierpont Morgan Library, supplemented by primary sources on slavery, Mexican American and Native American history and U.S. political, social, and legal history; succinct essays on the history of film, ethnicity, private life and technology; multimedia exhibitions; and reference resources that include a searchable database of 1,500 annotated links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, an audio archive including speeches and book talks by historians and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images. The site's Ask the HyperHistorian feature allows users to pose questions to professional historians."
Social Studies teachers can utilize this site for a variety of resources. Online exhibits, an interactive timeline, lesson plans and teacher resources, primary documents and multimedia resources are just a few of the many attributes of this site. Teachers can find a specific activity, movie, e-lecture or resource to use with their curriculum or have students use this site to research an American history topic.