Building the Dome of the Iowa Capitol, 1880

Iowa History in Your Classroom

Aug 7, 2015

Discover hundreds of articles, photos, and videos of Iowa's past and present with Iowa PBS's Iowa Pathways website.

Iowa Pathways is an online learning environment that challenges students to create their own story of the state as they explore the people, places, events and ideas of Iowa. This award-winning Web site helps students choose topics that interest them as they examine relationships among Iowa concepts—past to present.

Many Ways to Explore

  • Over 300 interconnected articles introduce students to the big ideas and specific topics of Iowa’s past and present. Each article is supported with images, Web links and connections to related topics. Students are challenged to think about what they are reading and why it’s relevant. Students determine their own paths as they make associations between topics.

  • Search a collection of nearly 1,000 images, videos, and interactive maps

  • Explore Iowa history milestones and their connections to U.S. and world events. Over 500 events in the timeline offer students opportunities to compare and contrast events across different themes and to place events in a broad context.

  • Students are challenged by inquiry-based tasks as they make and interpret connections among the people, places, events and ideas of Iowa.

  • Students and teachers can explore over 1,000 curated links, activities and classroom resources.

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