AwesomeStories Knovation's Spotlight: March 2017

Why It's Great

"AwesomeStories blends the world’s oldest teaching trick with effective use of the newest information technologies." Another name for this "teaching trick” is storytelling. The brain responds in a very positive way when new information is shared in a story. The memory of this new knowledge is anchored because the process of storytelling convinces the brain that the listener is not just listening but experiencing. The brain follows the story as if the story is happening to the learner.

The Learning Resources

Because people learn from stories, AwesomeStories, for all topics (including curriculum-based topics), is story-based. All the stories/topics are heavily illustrated, hand-curated, meticulously vetted and sourced - via links - to mostly primary and secondary material, as needed. AwesomeStories uses national archives (American and repositories in countries worldwide) for all of their work. They also rely on places like the Library of Congress, university libraries around the world, museums, an...

Information About AwesomeStories

AwesomeStories was founded on December 1, 1999. Their mission is to spur sizzling stories and rigorous research, supporting teachers, students and families globally to be deep, creative learners, curators and publishers of knowledge.

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Our favorites from AwesomeStories


Here are just a few resources from AwesomeStories that we think you'll love.

This learning module focuses on the sinking of the Titanic as it was traveling from Queenstown to New York City through waters known as Iceberg Alley on April 14, 1912. Undelivered messages, half-filled lifeboats, and poor management resulted in the deaths of 1492 people. Check out the links provided to learn more about the details of the event and view primary and second...

In this video clip, a "One on One" interview on June 8, 2008, Jane Goodall describes her most significant encounter with the chimpanzees when she developed a relationship with David Graybeard. He was the first chimpanzee that she communicated with; she said considers him a mentor. She would like to be remembered as someone who cared. [10:22] (Free registration is require...

This video clip is from the 1962 film, The Miracle Worker, based on the play by William Gibson. This scene recreates the moment when Helen understands that the word "water," the letters Anne is spelling into her hand, and the cold liquid from the pump meant the same thing. According to Helen's autobiography, this event happened on April 5, 1877. [5:01] (Free regis...

This is a historical music video, Rosie the Riveter, written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and performed by the Four Vagabonds. It was written in 1943 to depict the women who made war materials on factory assembly lines during World War II. It features the Westinghouse poster We Can Do It! which gave birth to Rosie the Riveter. The lyric...