BLaSTIU17 Teaching American History

An EduPlanet21 Online Learning Community

Welcome to the BLaST IU17 TAH Learning Community!

The following are instructions for signing up for the BLaST IU17 Teaching American History Learning Community that is being hosted on the Eduplanet21 online learning platform. We hope that you will find this Learning Community to be a valuable tool for your professional learning as well as that of your students.

Step 1: Visit and click on Sign Up!

Step 2: Enter your school e-mail address. Then, enter "TAHCOMMUNITY" without the quotes into the membership code box. Click the "Sign up" button.

Step 3: Check your e-mail. A verification e-mail will arrive in your inbox shortly. After receiving the e-mail, click the confirmation link within the e-mail.

Step 4: Complete the form. Type your name and enter a password for your account. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and click the "Activate" button.

Your account set up is now complete. You can visit the TAH Learning Community by clicking the link on the confirmation screen.

Once you have logged in to, click on the “Communities” icon. You will see the title Teaching American History Learning Community. Click “Go” and you will be in the Learning community. You may then first want to click on the “Support” tab at the top of the page to familiarize yourself with Eduplanet21 terms and components.

As you can see, we have already posted several Resources, Links and News items that you should find valuable.

· The Resources are organized by traditional American History and Government Unit topics on the right hand side. We will continue to post additional resources, but here’s where we need your help! If you have lesson plans, activities, graphic organizers, student projects, or other resource that you would like to share with the other TAH Community members, please e-mail the document(s) with a brief description to Larry Potash ( and we will post them in the Resources section.

· In the Links section are links to several excellent websites, including the BLaST IU17 Teaching American History site where all of the materials and resources from our three year TAH grant are housed. In this section, you can also share links with your colleagues. Just click on the “Links” tab and then “Share a Link” and enter the requested information. Hint: The links are ordered alphabetically by name after being posted, so don’t begin the name of a Link with “The”.

· In the News section, we can post important announcements and news bulletins of interest to Social Studies teachers. As you can see, we have already posted announcements about two contests for students. Again, if you want something posted here, please e-mail the information to

· This is just the beginning of our Learning Community endeavor. Later on, we can open up Discussions on topics, host book studies, and plan for professional development events in our region.

Thanks again for joining our professional learning group! If you have other colleagues in your district that you feel would like to be part of this Learning Community, please forward this to them.

Also, if you have any questions or concerns, or experience any difficulties completing your account registration, please contact or Tech. Support at EduPlanet21:

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