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Online Learning

Through a variety of online resources, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation extends its instructional methodologies in social studies to a virtual learning community.

Educators can choose from museum-based strategies in the following disciplines:

  • Teaching with primary sources
  • Using artifacts in the classroom
  • Creating museum exhibits in the classroom

And more material is being added, so stay tuned.


Be a HERO in your classroom today!

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is proud to announce its next generation of online programming! 

HERO is our new subscription-based multimedia library -- an e-learning environment packed with history education resources designed for grades 4-8. It includes:

  • Themed video programs and accompanying teacher guides
  • Exclusive live broadcast interactivity
  • Student web activities
  • Standards correlations
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Idea of America

The Idea of America™ is a digital U.S. history program of study that prepares learners in grades 8 and higher for active citizenship!

The Idea of America is an interactive standards-based program that includes multimedia resources. It integrates seamlessly with your current history curriculum.

From Teacher Roadmaps to assessments to fully-supported professional development, this program supports any social studies or civics curriculum.

TIOA includes:

  • 65 case studies, from The Great Debate to the Cold War and Modern Politics
  • Quizzes, organizers and work sheets for each learning activity
  • Professional development for teachers, available in person or online

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Learning Resources From Our Teachers

These sample lesson plans or activities were created by teachers who completed Colonial Williamsburg's online teacher professional development.

Note: While not produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, these plans are the work of students who completed a Foundation-produced distance-learning course.