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Teaching Tools

The Brain


Get the ultimate digital memory.


It starts with a single Thought and grows more powerful as you use it. Think of it as a living mind map with unlimited space for everything you want, are learning or need to remember. Each idea can grow and evolve with all related Thoughts instead of being separated in folders or lists. Use TheBrain to manage specific projects or as an "everything in your life manager" to get the big picture on your ideas and find the right information in seconds.




Four Worlds of History Database


An educational outreach project sponsored by USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, The Four Worlds of History Database (4WH) is an adapted analytical model that distinguishes aspects of society – political, economic, social, and cultural – as social science factors.  The frame is used to illustrate relationships between factors; it enables students to compare societies, past to present.  The model focuses on determining lessons of history, evaluating continuity and change in the human condition, and applying its relevance to personal and policy choices today.


Teaching Channel


Teaching Channel is a multi-platform service delivering professional development videos for teachers over the Internet and on television. In addition to showcasing inspiring teachers in videos, Teaching Channel also hosts a community for educators to share ideas, best practices and enhance their knowledge.


Research Tools

Internet Archive


Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.


History Commons


The website is a tool for open-content participatory journalism. It allows people to investigate important issues by providing a space where people can collaborate on the documentation of past and current events, as well as the entities associated with those events. The website can be used to investigate topics at the local, regional, or global level. The data is displayed on the website in the form of dynamic timelines and entity profiles, and is exportable into XML so it can be shared with others for non-commercial purposes.


The Black Vault


The Black Vault is the largest online Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) document clearinghouse in the world. The research efforts here are responsible for the declassification of hundreds of thousands of pages released by the U.S. Government & Military.








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