Websites

Best of History Web Sites
An award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more. BOHWS has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The British Library Net, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, -- and many others.
http://www.besthistorysites.net/


PBS for Teachers
PBS for Teachers provides lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video, interactive games and simulations, and free Webinars. PBS Teachers PreK-12 Social Studies content is organized within the grade-subject pages on the new PBS Teachers site.
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/socialstudies/

BBC Schools
The BBC Schools section of their site offers games, animations, virtual tours, and galleries in all subjects, including history and geography A link in the bottom right takes you to their collection of games.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools

Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE)

The Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) project is a terrific resource for teachers and students alike. You'll find lesson plans and activities -- all rated and arranged by grade level and content area.
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/

The Knowledge Network: Blue Web’n
Blue Web'n is an online library of 1800+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area). Each week 5 new sites are added and you can get a list and description of these additions through their free weekly updates.
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/index.cfm


WebQuest Page
A WebQuest is a form of project-based and problem-based learning in which the resources are located on the Web. The WebQuest page features inquiry-oriented educational activities produced by various educators. Some sites are very impressive --- others are less so. I would suggest consulting the Matrix of Examples which now contains approximately 600 pre-selected Web Quests, cataloged by grade and subject level. Check links of any WebQuest you are interested in to make sure they are active.
http://webquest.org

ThinkQuest
A large internet-based education program that features about 1000 student-created web sites. Includes teacher resources and contests. Quality of individual sites varies, but some are excellent. Go to Libraries to visit sites on Geography and Cultures from students from various countries. Unfortunately some excellent older sites have been taken down.
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/index.html

Digital History – Link to Games
From the excellent Digital History web site, provides links to games and quizzes on various topics in American history.
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/games/games.cfm

Quia
A highly recommended subscription-based service ($49 U.S.) that enables you to make games and quizzes. Or, you may simply peruse their free database of ready-made materials.
http://quia.com

Activehistory.co.uk
Activehistory.co.uk provides educational games and interactive lessons that can be searched by topic or period. Some are free; some are not. Many deal with topics in European history, especially British history. Some games are student-produced, so check games for possible errors.
http://www.activehistory.co.uk