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Learn Genetics

Learn Genetics

The Learn.Genetics website created by the Genetic Science Learning Center offers a wealth of free educational resources on genetics for students and teachers alike. The resources can all be used to complement a classroom lecture, activity, or demonstration. Students...

Interactive Digs from Around the World

Interactive Digs from Around the World

Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and Archaeology Magazine, your students can virtually join archaeologists on digs around the world! The Interactive Digs website enables students to learn about digs currently happening in Ireland, Greece, Italy,...

Linguistics Challenge Puzzles

Linguistics Challenge Puzzles

Hosted by the Princeton Linguistics Club, the Linguistics Challenge website hosts a series of puzzles in different languages. The puzzles have four levels of difficulty and are designed with native English speakers in mind. The puzzles encourage players to learn...

Dig into History: Mesopotamia

Dig into History: Mesopotamia

In their project, Dig Into History, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago gives students the opportunity to learn how archeologists work while taking a closer look at the rich history of Mesopotamia. Students begin by participating in a virtual dig in...

Nova Lab’s Evolution Lab

This PBS series, Nova Labs, has a special Evolution Lab that introduces students to evolution and genetics. In the first part, "Build a Tree," students assemble phylogenetic trees using fossil morphology, biogeography, and DNA sequences. Students will then learn...

Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

Photograph: Trans performer, model, and AIDS educator, Octavia St. Laurent walking in a ball in Miramax film, Paris is Burning.  I’ve used clips from the ethnographic documentary Paris is Burning (1990) in undergraduate anthropology courses, as well as a...

Teaching Critical Thinking in Cultural Anthropology

Whatever the zeitgeist is at the moment, whether it is characterized by an over-saturation of critical thinking or a complete lack of critical thinking, critical thinking is nonetheless something that has to be covered as a part of the intended learning outcomes. Why?...

Teaching Cultural Relativism Through Media Literacy

As a teacher in the information age, I believe it’s important to layer media literacy into my courses. The access today’s students have to limitless information via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. It is unprecedented to have the aggregate of human...

El Reino de las Mujeres

El Reino de las Mujeres

Foto por: Seihon Cho. Mujer Mosou y Turista Han en Lago Lugu Leer este recurso en Ingles: http://teachinglearninganthro.com/2018/07/12/womens-kingdom-film/ Yo regularmente uso el corto documental de PBS/Frontline titulado The Woman’s Kingdom (El Reino de las Mujeres)...

Adaptation to Altitude

Adaptation to Altitude

Mother and child in Tibet As a companion to their exhibit What does it mean to be human?, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History produced a series of five lesson plans that address topics related to human evolution; adaptation to altitude, the evolution of...

Third Gender Film: Muxe

Third Gender Film: Muxe

Photograph by Mario Patinho. Lukas avendaño. Muxhe, Muxe Contemporary performer. A short film that I like to use in my introductory cultural anthropology courses to introduce units on gender is an innovative new documentary film entitled Muxes, commissioned...

Teaching with Race the Power of an Illusion Film

Teaching with Race the Power of an Illusion Film

The California Newsreel three part series Race the Power of an Illusion is, by many standards, among the best documentary films that teach the biological fallacy of race as well as the social construction of "race" in the US. The film is available for purchase and is...

The Biology of Skin Color

The Biology of Skin Color

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (hhmi BioInteractive) offers some pretty amazing (free!) educational materials related to the biology and the evolution of humans and other primates. They will even send you DVD copies in the mail of some of their videos for free...

Women’s Kingdom Film

Women’s Kingdom Film

Photograph by Seihon Cho. Mosou woman and Han tourist on Lake Lugu. Read this resource in Spanish: http://teachinglearninganthro.com/2018/09/16/el-reino-de-las-mujeres/ I regularly use the short PBS/Frontline documentary film The Woman’s Kingdom in my introductory...