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"Reading 'Legitimation Crisis' in Tehran"
wbh logoA talk by Danny Postel, Senior Editor of openDemocracy, an online global magazine of politics & culture. The Iran depicted in the headlines is a rogue state ruled by ever-more-defiant Islamic fundamentalists. Yet inside the borders, an unheralded transformation of a wholly different political bent is occurring. A "liberal renaissance," as one Iranian thinker terms it, is emerging in Iran, a
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Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
This lesson plan includes documents and images for learning about the American Revolution, the Constitution, the creation of the U.S. Navy, Eli Whitney's patent for the cotton gin, Thomas Cooper's violation of the Sedition Act, and the Electoral College.
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"Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Spring 2009"
"This course is designed as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies, an academic area of study focused on the ways that sex and gender manifest themselves in social, cultural, and political contexts. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions and debates in Women's Studies scholarship, both historical and contemporary. This semester you will become acquainted with many of the critical questions and concepts feminist
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Essential Knowledge: Social Networking Rules for Kids
Education and parenting expert Amy James shares tips for kids using social networking sites. Learn how to make social networking an educational experience along with safety tips and other ideas.

Related: Social Networking Safety Resources for Parents & Teachers (Printable)

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Transcendentalism
This video is accompanied by text. "In his 1794 book The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine advanced a religious philosophy called Deism that struck at the tenets of organized religions, particularly Calvinism as it was practiced by the Puritans. Paine claimed that churches were “set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” These thoughts were shocking to Americans who were imbued with a strong religious tradition. At the same time, Paine’s ideas appealed to many Ameri
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End of the year ideas for teachers
Some ideas for the end of the teaching year. The teacher does not show any of these activities. The list are all easy to do and worthwhile before to prepare for next year and review what was learning the current year. These ten ideas are for elementary, but can be used for older students

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Best Practices For Teaching in a Video Environment:
Learn the techniques needed to successfully teach an online course or presentation done with humor. Some excellent ideas for teachers who are being filmed for online video presentations. Well worth the seven minutes as it covers many seldom thought of tips. Even covers how to do PowerPoint presentations and the type of font.
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Critical Thinking for Children, Part 1
Introduction to some other videos about critical thinking, apparently based on a book, giving some very basic ideas about critical thinking. This instructional video was created from The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children.
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Gravity and Branes
Ideas that may explain why the force of gravity is so weak are presented in this video.  Does the weak force of gravity offer evidence of a ten-dimensional world? Find out more now in this interesting video! Run time 05:26.
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What it Means to be Canadian
This is a clip of a school geography project.  In the video a student gives his  perspective on what it means to be Canadian and discusses Canadian population, political geography, Canadian health care,  sports, and other useful information and images of maps of Canada and Canadian geography.  He talks about the history of Canada as a story with drawn illustrations.

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Kids as Inventors
Think Big is a great child led investigative report. This episode introduces Scott Barnhill who came up with his first invention idea at the age of 9. It talks about kids as inventors as well as how ideas become actual inventions.
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Edison's Failed Inventions
Thomas Edison, father of the lighbulb and motion picture, was granted an astounding 400 patents in a prolific 8-year period. But not all his ideas were good ones. This short video describes several of Edison's failed inventions (most after the age of 40).  Some of the inventions include a device to speak with the dead, a talking doll, and a concrete home with concrete furniture.  Short video clip run time is 4:29.
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Great Inventions - Wheel
Information about the invention of the wheel.  The video discusses the history of the wheel and how it has been used throughout history sparking the Industrial revolution.

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Velocity and Time
Unlike Lorentz, Albert Einstein was motivated to perfect the central ideas of physics rather than to explain the Michelson-Morley experiment. The result was a wholly new understanding of the meaning of space and time, including such matters as the transformation of velocities, time dilation, and the twin paradox.
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Presidential Campaign: I Like Ike
Television animation political ad.
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The American Revolution
This is an 11-minute video that explains both the geographical and political causes of the Revolution. This would be a good video to start a study of the war and includes primary document quotes. Best used with a map of the colonies so students could follow the evidence better.
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Learn about The American Revolution Map
 The American Revolution Map animation shows the many battles of the Revolutionary War and provides some insights. Best used if students have a copy of a map so they can better follow.

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Map Lesson for Primary Grades
This is a great slide show for students to learn about maps and the different kinds of maps (political, relief). The words are large and can easily be seen if using a projector in a classroom. (Only pictures, no narration or music)

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Civil Rights Legislation
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson mournfully assumed the role of the nation's leader. Johnson, a former senator from Texas, served as the Senate Democratic Leader for most of his congressional career. His political role model was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Johnson openly followed Roosevelt's push for social welfare reform.
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Dorothy I. Height, last filmed interview, 98 years old
A founding matriarch of the American Civil Rights Movement.  President of the American Council of Negro Women for 40 years.  Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed civil rights to the center of the American political stage after World War II, and she was a key figure in the struggles for school desegregation, voting rights, employment opportunities and public accommodations in the 1950s and 1960s.
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