Curation of content can be a confusing and difficult process.
Determining why you are curating is easily the hardest part of the process. Considering this is a blog more skewed towards fellow educators here are some, truly random sources and sites that I use to figure to learn new stuff, strategies, and lessons.
reddit.com: One of the most visited sites in the world, if you aren’t using this tremendous community then you are behind the times. There is literally a subreddit for anything. And I mean everything (seriously, make sure to turn off all NSFW content if you value your job).
With that in mind, I can nerd out on any history or social studies topic there could possibly be. I also love science too and there are too many subreddits to list for that as well. In no particular order:
r/history, r/historyteachers, r/technology, r/futurology, r/teachers, r/todayilearned, r/askhistorians, r/askreddit, r/politics, r/documentaries just to name a few.
socialstudies.org: As the famous philosopher Notorious B.I.G. once said, “if you don’t know, now you know.”
Handy standards AND some free lesson ideas. What’s not to like? The paywall? Yeah, that’s a bummer, fair point.
sheg.standford.edu: Despite my anger with ‘Furd and their consistent ability to ruin an Oregon Duck football season and then go on to completely stink it up. Stanford actually does something well.
Full lesson downloads w/ a free account. Promotes student-led learning but has DI lessons as well.
voiceofwitness.org: As a PoC, (the non-AVID kind, but also the AVID kind). I love bringing in perspectives that are different from the typical textbook, WASPy viewpoints. Big focus on social justice (I’m a self-professed social justice rogue because party diversity is important) and human rights.
newvisions.org: US and Global History for daaaaaayyyyssssss. For me, a great starting point to adapt or create from.
newsela.com: Another popular one but has to be included for the simple fact that selectable leveled-reading articles from a ton of topics can adapt to ELL or below-level readers.
Wikipedia.org: The bane of educators really isn’t so bad. All the information is cited (except when it isn’t) and that alone can be a great exercise for both teacher and student alike. Does this entry on the magic beans the guy on the corner just sold me seem legit? Let’s scroll to the bottom and find out.
Youtube.com: Commence the gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair. How could we (I) stoop so low as to think youtube could ever seriously be considered reliable and accurate content to show or use in a classroom?
Aside from all the random documentaries, news segments, and historical footage on the platform. There are some seriously entertaining and amazing content creators regarding all kinds of topics. And yes the memes are plentiful. But hey if my students can understand that Germany was repelled back by Russian forces at Stalingrad and eventually all the way to Berlin because of Tom and Jerry, then best believe I’m going to continue using that stuff. It’s gold, Jerry! (HIstory Buffs, Simple History, Crash Course, Kurzgesagt, 10-minute history, Extra Credits, John D. Ruddy for specific channels to check out)
Books: Unfortunately, I can’t link to tangible objects in our 3D plane (yet), so I’ll just have to tell you about them. Howard Zinn’s People’s History of America and Empire are fun regardless of what you think on the viewpoint. Guns, Germs, and Steel is one of my all-timers. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers is also endlessly fascinating and provides another great, non-racist-y explanation for European domination of the world. Literally could continue for paragraphs but if you’re reading this you probably have others you swear by.
Podcasts: Hardcore History, single-handedly led me to develop a semesters-worth of content on The Great War. Seriously, I’m just waiting for the right moment/staff/administration to pitch it to. True Crime and the legal system are another area of mine that I can spend hours geeking out about so Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, Sword and Scale, and Criminal are morbid and gruesome but I’m totes into that.
And all this content gets filtered into this site, my google classroom, my slideshows, and my activities. Hopefully, you found something new or interesting to draw content from. If not well, hope you didn’t mind the 8-10 minutes it took to read all of this. Sorry, not sorry.