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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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Seven misconceptions about how students learn

Seven misconceptions about how students learn | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Here are seven of the biggest myths about learning that, unfortunately, guide the way many schools are organized in this era of standardized test-based public school reform.
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50 Best Books for American History Buffs

50 Best Books for American History Buffs | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

You don't have to major in history to read these books--All you need is a passion for history, learning and a love of reading. Here is a list of a few of the great books about America's past.  They offer an education on the complexities of the history of the United States you likely didn't get in many formal history classes. 

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Rethinking Columbus Banned in Tucson

Rethinking Columbus Banned in Tucson | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Imagine our surprise.  Rethinking Schools learned today that for the first time in its more-than-20-year history, our book Rethinking Columbus was banned by a school district: Tucscon AZ.  According to journalist Jeff Biggers, officials with the Tucson Unified School District ordered that teachers pull the book from their classrooms, evidently as an outcome of the school board’s 4-1 vote this week to abolish the Mexican American Studies program."

 

The battle over 'who's history' get's to be taught in public schools is an ongoing debate that likely will never truly be resolved.  What do you think about Tucson's decision?  What will this mean for their school district?  Who should decide what is in the curriculum?  At what scale should these decisions be made at?   

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Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Show

Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Show | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The widening achievement gap between affluent and low-income students has received less attention than the divide between white and black students, which has narrowed significantly.

 

The educational system is obviously socioeconomically differentiated.  How has this been changing over the years?  What is the future of education  in the United States? 

 

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Dr. Seuss Went to War

Dr. Seuss Went to War | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Before his career as a beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss was a political cartoonist. These 'fake' titles capture an allegorical reading of Dr. Seuss that at time is not so subtle (The Butter Battle Book and the Lorax are the most obvious IMHO).  THis link takes you to the Special Collections of UCSD with houses the archive on Dr. Seuss' political cartoons. 

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Common Core State Standards Initiative

Common Core State Standards Initiative | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy." 

 

This links you to the History/Social Studies element of the Common Core for 9th and 10th grade (look on the sidebar for links to other grade levels). 

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State of State History Standards in the U.S.

Amber Winkler talks to Kathleen Porter-Magee, the Fordham Institute's Senior Director of High Quality Standards about our latest study, The State of State U.S. History Standards 2011.
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History Standards — NCHS

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"The development of the History Standards was administered by the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards. The standards were developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education."

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NCSS Standards for Social Studies

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This link connects you to the NCSS website quick summary of the 10 standards for social studies with quick summaries to what each theme (e.g.-culture) entails. 

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Should we be teaching knowledge or skills?

Should we be teaching knowledge or skills? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A head of English gets to the heart of the curriculum debate and shares his X Factor-based teaching resource on using solo taxonomy...

 

Because if you believe in what Ian Gilbert calls The Great Educational Lie (do well at school and you'll get a good job) then passing exams is fine. But if you believe that "to succeed in business you need to break the rules" then we have a responsibility to teach content in a way that also teaches skills, dispositions and competencies needed to make our children indispensible in an uncertain future.

 

Some have asked me "why teach students in a digital environment if it's more work for you?"  Digital skills that the social media classroom seek to provide our students are going to become increasingly important in the workforce of tomorrow. We don't just teach content, we teach students; they will forget most lessons but if they have the tools to find the answers for themselves, our work will be done.      


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Currywurst on the Street

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Michael Slackman, The Times's Berlin Bureau Chief, looks into the city's obsession with a popular street dish that combines sausage, ketchup and curry powder. 

 

The globalization of food, immigration and the diffusion of cultural practices are all richly displayed in this short clip. 

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Shelby Porter's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:36 AM

The globalization of food is becoming more apparent in todays culture than ever before. More and more restaurants from different parts of the world are showing up and alot of the food we as Americans are familar with are taking on some new ethnic influences. The currywurst is a great example of one country's culinary favorite around the time of WWII and enhancing it with an American and Indian by way of London flavor. And now it is one of the most popular treats someone can buy while in Germany. Many of our cultures foods are being influenced by others now and flavors are beginning to mix as well as our idea of where foods come from. The diffusion of cultural practices as well as the globalization of food will only grow stronger as time goes on, and so will our taste for a new culinary delight. 

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, November 6, 2013 2:20 PM

Ahhh the currywurst on the street, well i thought this was great very informitive cultural video. The speical dish that is made and served among the streets in germany and all over,  it is thought to be a very weird and almost un appitizing meal to some one like my self.  However those food are very popular and prominate in there culture, just like certian foods, hotdog stands, flaffel carts and other foods that we enjoy have be come common in our culture. However I dont see currywurst hitting the streets of NYC any time soon.

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:23 PM

The Currywurst sounds good but it seems that it will upset my stomach. I have a feeling it would. But it seems to be a hit were it is sold because that is what most people eat when they are on the streets burlin.

 

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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

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This is an update to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy which attempts to account for the new behaviours and actions emerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy describes many traditional classroom practices, behaviours and actions, but does not account for the new processes and actions associated with Web 2.0 technologies, infowhelm (the exponential growth in information), increasing ubiquitous personal technologies or cloud computing. 


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US on UN Veto

US on UN Veto | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Click on the link for a full Listing of The United States' Record of Veto Use at the UN* (1972-2011); below are a selected sampling:
 
Year ...UN resolution vetoed by the USA

1976 Afirms the rights of the Palestinians.

1979 Demands that Israel desist from human rights violations.

1979 For a United Nations Conference on Women.

1981 Declares that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development, etc are human rights.

1982 Calls on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights occupied in 1967.

1984 International action to eliminate apartheid.

1987 Measures to prevent international terrorism, study the underlying political and economic causes of terrorism, convene a conference to define terrorism and to differentiate it from the struggle of people from national liberation.

1989 Condemns USA invasion of Panama.

1999 Calls on the USA to end its trade embargo on Cuba.

 2007 Calls for the protection of the Global Climate.

2008 Calls for a treaty on children's rights.

2008 Condemns Racial Descrimination.

2011 Calls for the immediate and complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.

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Mission U.S. -History through Games

This interactive game, puts the player in the role of a 14 year-old in Boston in 1770.  Would you make choices to join the Loyalists or Revolutionaries?  This approach to learning about an historical time period is an engaging way to make the history meaningful to students.  Download the game at: http://www.mission-us.org/ 

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Syria's Political Situation in Historical Context

The Syrian government's crackdown on an uprising in 1982 was so brutal that Syrians rarely spoke about it. But now, some Syrians plan to mark the 30th anniversary of the events in Hama as they continue with the current uprising.
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Brother Outsider - the Life of Bayard Rustin

To watch the entire documentary, to read background information and to order DVDs, visit: http://newsreel.org/video/BROTHER-OUTSIDER-BAYARD-RUSTIN This is a ...

 

This is a trailer for the documentary referenced earlier about Bayard Rustin, a man whose resume was similiar to Martin Luther King Jr.'s, but was not placed in a role of prominence for the movement because...(you'll have to watch the full documentary  or do some research to find out why).

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History of the Civil Rights Movement USA

Beginning with the end of the US Civil War in 1865, African Americans toiled to reach equal status in the eyes of the law.

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Fakebook connects students with Greek gods

Fakebook connects students with Greek gods | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
On her profile, Pandora agonizes about having opened the box. “I am so ashamed,” she writes, “I’ve opened the golden box and thousands of little lizard-looking creatures escaped!
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Novels on Location

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A Google-Maps/Amazon mash-up for finding books that take place where you're traveling. Search the map and make your next destination come alive!

 

This site has the potential to merge geography and social studies education with English and literature studies. This site, Novels on Location let's you search for book titles using Google Maps to scroll through the collection. However, there are very few geo-coded titles at the moment, but with some help, this could be a fantastic resource.

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Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Website featuring photographs and descriptions from the book Without Sanctuary by Hilton Als and James Allen, with postcards of lynchings in America.

 

This is a chilling website that documents a horrific part of America's past.  Lynchings were a communal activity that reinforced local identity and maintained structural, institutionalized racism.  Use with caution and judiciousness as it might not be appropriate for all grade levels.  Shown above is the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, on August 7, 1930, in Marion, Indiana.  This is very hard for me to view, but it is harder for me to pretend that it it wasn't a part of American History.  

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School all for Only $11.99 per year at TeachWithMovies.com...

 

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Atheist Receives Threats Over Prayer Banner Ruling; School Board May Appeal (VIDEO)

Atheist Receives Threats Over Prayer Banner Ruling; School Board May Appeal (VIDEO) | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Weeks after a judge ordered the removal of a prayer banner at a Rhode Island school, the atheist teen at the center of the controversy continues to receive threats as the school board decides its next move.
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Live tweeting of historical events?

#ff @RealTimeWWII. Technology and education- the possibilities are endless!! #sedric #sschat
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Sounds like a paradox, but this project is planning to tweet WWII 'updates' on this day and time as though it were 1940.  This could really make historical events more real and foster historical empathy. 

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Poem by Billy Collins: "The History Teacher"

Poem by Billy Collins: "The History Teacher" | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Trying to protect his students' innocence he told them the Ice Age was really just the Chilly Age, a period of a million years when everyone had to wear sweaters. And the Stone Age became the Gravel Age, named after... 

 

Read the poem...food for thought about the role of history teachers within society. 

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