Digital Resources for Georgia’s Students: GHS Schoolhouse

The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is dedicated to offering trustworthy resources that support K-12 teachers’ digital classrooms. Over the coming weeks GHS will be working diligently to provide educators and parents valuable tools and information to meet the needs of students during the Covid-19 school closures. The “Digital Resources for Georgia’s Students” blog series will explore GHS’s extensive catalog of online resources for learning Georgia and American history and offer strategies for using them at home or in a digital classroom.

The GHS Schoolhouse resource is an educational blog that explores unique, engaging, and relevant primary sources from the Georgia Historical Society’s collections. Through this resource teachers and students can watch short, educational videos and explore GHS’s vast collections to uncover fascinating stories from our past.

There are 50 episodes or blog posts to explore, each offering a unique look at teaching with primary sources. Videos and other content include materials geared toward direct student learning as well as materials useful to teachers planning lessons and activities.

Here are 10 popular posts from the GHS Schoolhouse blog:

Georgia in the American Revolution: Georgia in the American Revolution includes three primary source activities designed to meet the Georgia Standards of Excellence for eighth grade Georgia Studies. Resource videos introduce the topic under study, provide instructions for each activity, and include activity answers.

5 Practical Methods for Primary Source Inquiry: The Georgia Historical Society presents five practical methods for primary source inquiry.

Top 10 Places to Find Digitized Primary Sources: The video explores places to find primary sources for teaching American history, Georgia history, and world history.

Recognizing Common Themes in Advertising: By studying advertisements from post-WWII America, students not only learn about the economic, cultural, and social landscape of the time period, but they also sharpen their media literacy skills.

Three Tips for Supporting Historical Research in Your Classroom: Students engaged in historical research are required to research, read, think, and write—isn’t that really the goal of humanities education?

Understanding the Constitutional Convention: Join GHS Senior Historian Stan Deaton to learn about the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Get insight into the people and circumstances surrounding the creation of the most important document in American history.

How to Read and Learn from Maps: You will learn about map symbols, cardinal directions, and the history of cartography.

Why Germs, Disease, and Medicine Belong in the Social Studies Classroom: While some students might cringe at the notion of microscopic germs, black vomit, and field amputations, incorporating these somewhat disturbing scientific topics into the social studies classroom can foster higher levels of student engagement and provide a deeper understanding of the content covered in the standards.

Using Archives to Study the Life and Service of Veterans: Introducing your students to primary sources from archival collections, like the Frank O’Driscoll Hunter Papers, will help shed light on the life and service of veterans and will encourage critical thinking and analysis.

Treasures from the Gordon Family Papers: Join the host of GHS Schoolhouse in the Georgia Historical Society Research Center as she explores the Gordon Family Papers and uncovers some very special Girl Scout Badges.