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The Tower of London: Remembrance Assembly

The Tower of London: Remembrance Assembly

Yesterday, 800,000+ teachers and students from around the world joined our virtual field trip to The Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the First World War . Events like this is one of the many virtual and in-person events held each year that are designed to connect students and teachers with real world experiences as well as each other.

Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days

Calendar of Cool: Teddy Roosevelt Born

On this day in 1858 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the United States’ 26th President, was born. Theodore Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family, and suffered from severe asthma. Despite this, he was determined to lead an adventurous life, becoming a marksman, horseback rider, boxer, and the leader of the Rough Riders, who became famous for their

Teaching Hispanic American Heritage

Updated September 15h, 2015 We’re in the middle of the 27th annual National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors and celebrates Hispanic American history and culture from September 15th to October 15th.  President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week, which was later expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan. Why part of September and part of

Join Us Live on National Manufacturing Day!

  Join Us Live on National Manufacturing Day! Connect Students to STEM in Action from a Working Aluminum Plant   October 3rd, 1PM EST / 10AM PST    Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with a fascinating interactive LIVE Virtual Field Trip to Alcoa Davenport, a high-tech aluminum manufacturing plant on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Enter the Auschwitz: The Past is Present ITeach Professional Development Contest Today

The USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education present Auschwitz: The Past is Present ITeach Professional Development Contest Enter today for your chance to join an international group of educators on a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Enter today

Fun Fact Friday: Lincoln and Booth

Did you know that Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved President Lincoln’s son’s life, prior to Lincoln’s assassination? It’s true! Edwin Booth was actually a nationally known Shakespearean actor, and happened to be in New Jersey at the time, coincidentally sharing a train platform with Robert Lincoln. Interestingly, Robert Lincoln knew exactly who

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