March 2013 Issue
February 28, 2013


Source: NYSUT United

Highlighting pioneering women

The National Women's History Museum offers several free online resources from lesson plans and quizzes, to timelines and biographies of pioneering women. Interested in learning about women in early film? Download an exhibit podcast. Also check out the interactive Progressive Era Women game. For more information, visit

Otto's motto: Safety first

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation offers a free Otto Otter Canal Safety Program. Included at the site,, is a video discussing canal and water safety, public service announcements in English and Spanish and a coloring book available for download.

On this day…

A&E Network's History Channel presents This Day in History, an online calendar dedicated to sharing news of historic events for every day of the year. News items include several categories: sports, general interest, automotive, civil war, crime, disaster. Visit You can also sign up for daily email alerts.

Back to the future

Popular Science, a leading source of science and technology news since 1872, has gone digital. Thanks to a partnership with Google, the magazine's entire 140-year archive is available to browse for free online at Each issue appears as it did in its original print form, including period advertisements. Visit

Your rights, my rights, human rights

United for Human Rights, an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, offers educators a free info kit. The kit includes a DVD, the Story of Human Rights booklet and a guide on making a difference. To order, visit

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