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The History Issue

February 2014

As educators continue to integrate technology into instruction, Boise School District librarians offer this monthly newsletter to provide tips and information about some of the digital resources available to both teachers and students.

All of these programs and tools are available at the Boise Schools Library Portal Page or on individual school library websites. Each section heading below is a direct link to the page where the resource can be found.

Quote of the Month

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”

― Michael Crichton

Timeline JS

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually, rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. It can pull in media from a variety of sources and has built-in support for Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more.

In honor of Black History Month, the timeline below highlights events and literature in our history focusing on African-Americans.

Databases 7th-12th Grade: GALE U.S. History in Context

U.S. History in Context:

This database delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today. It provides a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues and current information.

Not only does this online solution provide the interactive content in context required by 21st-century learners, it surpasses all other electronic sources in providing integrated access to such diverse and rare primary source material.

World History in Context offers similar resources on a global perspective.

To view or access your school's U.S. or World History database, go to your library database page and click on the corresponding icon.

Searching Gale's U.S. History in Context


Engage in activities that will help you make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives. Choose an historical topic and challenge yourself with an activity. Or, create a classroom for your students, and share activities using the code provided to you from the web site.

Find this app from iTunes from the APPS for Education page by clicking here.

Love Your Google Calendar? Let's Put it on Your Fusion Page

If you're finding yourself using your Google Calendar more and more, and want to share and use it on your Fusion page for your students and parents, than check out the video linked below. It will walk you through how to select a calendar, format how it looks and than embed it into your Fusion page.

Resources for the United States

Check out this page of great resources about the history and facts of the United States of America. Use these resources for classroom and student projects as you explore the history of America.

Find the link to Websites by Subject for Elementary Students on the District Library Portal or on Elementary Library websites under Digital Resources. Look under the Social Studies heading to find this as well as similar pages for Idaho Resources and Countries of the World.

What is TED Ed?

TED-Ed is a free educational website for teachers and learners. Our approach to education is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. You will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform.
Historical role models - Amy Bissetta