“Guilty Pleasures” of History Education

The great thing about being a history teacher is that history can be literally all around us, especially on the Internet.  There are all kinds of things that might be of use for teachers of history.  I provide for you three “guilty pleasures” that you may wind up exploring for fun on your own time. 

1.  http://horrible-histories.co.uk

Horrible Histories is a series of books and award winning television shows in England.  Several of my methods students have used clips from the show on youtube as a means of providing an interesting entryway into a topic:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAjmLTUt4uE   English Civil War.

There are games, fun facts, and other disciplines to explore (math, science, and geography).

2.  http://mentalfloss.com

This website has a multitude of articles, some with a humorous bent, but has an amazing amount of interesting trivia facts.  The articles here can have a large number of fascinating stories and bits to engage students into content.  While not a deep historical content site, you may be able to glean some interesting pieces for your instruction.

3.  http://www.travelks.com/things-to-do/history-heritage/forts-trails/

For a military history of Kansas, this website has links to a multitude of museums and their subsequent websites.  This website has a large number of local museums as well as travel sites in Kansas.  This can open up a lot of  avenues for either local study and or avenues for Kansas history.

I hope to put additional websites for you to explore at a future time, and put some of yours in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Brad

About bradburenheide

I'm an Associate Professor at Kansas State University's College of Education. Currently I am the program coordinator for secondary social studies education. My research interests include instructional gaming, history education, and creative pedagogy.

1 thought on ““Guilty Pleasures” of History Education

  1. My students love the Horrible Histories TV show clips! I was so sad to hear that this British TV show stopped filming this year.

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