EDSITEment offers a grand tour of time and place

The EDSITEment site is a valuable resource for social studies, language arts, and art history teachers of any grade level. The site is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in conjunction with the Council of the Great City Schools, MCI, and the National Trust for the Humanities.

A page called Top Humanities Websites links teachers with dozens of the most interesting and informative sites in their field. Links include the American Verse Project (http://www.hti.umich.edu/english/amverse), an electronic archive of poetry before 1920, and Oyez, Oyez, Oyez: the Supreme Court WWW Resource.

Our favorite link, listed under three of the four categories, is the American Memory Project (http://memory.loc.gov), a Library of Congress site that offers a fascinating collection of resources such as photographs, documents, maps, motion pictures, and sound recordings. Through the Motion Pictures link, we were able to download and watch some of the earliest motion picture recordings, such as Edison’s “The Great Train Robbery,” an 11-minute silent film recorded in 1903. …Read More

Jumping Jupiter: It’s views of the solar system

This site isn’t directed to K-12 students or teachers in particular, but it’s the best source on the web for information and photographs of all the planets in our solar system (and their moons), plus the sun, asteroids, comets, and meteorites. You can even choose among English, Spanish, or Portuguese text when exploring the site.

Hundreds of high-quality computer images include recent Pathfinder photographs of Mars. Several animations also spice up this site, such as 360-degree animations of volcano calderas and a 360-degree illumination of the “Face on Mars.”

The accompanying text for each planet gives a history of its exploration, describes its characteristics, and details recent discoveries.…Read More