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For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words

For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Along the socioeconomic spectrum in New York City’s student population, there is a corresponding vocabulary gap for children beginning in kindergarten.


Education isn't only what happens in the walls of the classroom.  So many times parents assistance is the critial factor in making the formal education 'stick.'  This was the most jarring statistic fro this article: children of professionals hear 32 MILLION more words by age four than the poorest kids.  That is not inconsequential. 

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WORD CLOUD: The Words Of The First Presidential Debate

WORD CLOUD: The Words Of The First Presidential Debate | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Word clouds by www.wordle.net  are some great visual tools to condense large documents into a more manageable (if somewhat imperfect) perspective.  Governor Romney's "word cloud" is the top one and President Obama's is the bottom.  This in a nutshell is what they spoke about the most during the 90 minute debate. 


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Eight Lessons for the Presidential Debates

Eight Lessons for the Presidential Debates | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
What are the key dos and don'ts the candidates should remember when campaigning for the White House?


What does history teach us about the importance of presidential debates?  Here are 8 take-home points about the historical import of debates. 

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If America had compulsory voting, would Democrats win every election?

If America had compulsory voting, would Democrats win every election? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
CALL it the "no representation without taxation" shtick.Lexington has been in Pennsylvania this week (and Texas too, but that is for another day), looking at the...


The problem with projections and polls before an election is that they don't always factor in the likelihood that the person being polled will actually show up to the polls.  In Obama's first presidential run, a major part of his success was inspiring those would typically might not have voted to exercise their legal rights to vote.  Was that a one-time spike in interest or can that be duplicated?  Historically speaking, more conservatives will vote at a higher rate. 

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Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers

Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
With hundreds of different topics to study between the major Social Studies disciplines, it can be a complete drag to pick out the best eBooks for your students.
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How The USA Expanded In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF

How The USA Expanded In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Amazing work from wikipedia, summarizing the evolution of the US formation, originally here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_evolution_of_the_United_States


Tags: USA, historical, visualization

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Paige T's comment, September 17, 2012 7:19 AM
This is very interesting because I had no idea that the United States had gone under such transformation. Even within certain borders, there is much change in respect to who the area belongs to. You definitely have to watch it a few times to get the full affect though.
Lindsey Robinson's comment, September 17, 2012 7:21 AM
Although the moving image makes it hard to actually pinpoint the U.S expansion at specific dates, I don't think that is the point of the map. The point of the map is to show how many times territories have changed, etc. I really like the map.. I have never seen anything like it.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 17, 2012 7:42 AM
The United States has changed drastically through the years with state borders, but I noticed that the regions' labels of the country are still similar today. For example, the southwest is much more divided today but still classified as a region with plenty of Spanish culture.
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Teachers and the 9/11 Anniversary

Teachers and the 9/11 Anniversary | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Teachers describe how they used technology, collaboration and Times materials to teach about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


Some more important ideas with great applications.

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Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art

Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A brief visual history of political propaganda design.


Now this is filled with great images that are perfect for classroom use today to understand the past. 

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Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources

Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

We suggested ways to teach about Election 2012 and included links to lesson plans and Times features, and we'll be updating the page regularly as the march to the White House proceeds.


The Learning Network has partnered with the NY Times to produce lesson plans for all ages (and all disciplines) on how to teach using the 2012 United States Presidential Election. 

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In Remembrance: Teaching September 11

In Remembrance: Teaching September 11 | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The the United States, 9/11 is memorialized in our landscapes and is etched in our collective consciousness.  This coming Tuesday is the anniversary and Teaching History has put together a host of teaching materials about the importance, impact of the terrorist attacks of Septemper 11th, 2001 on the United States and the world.

 

Tags: Landscape, terrorism, conflict, states, political, place, historical, unit 4 political.


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Aaron Feliciano's comment, September 12, 2012 2:47 PM
9/11 will always be remembered in the eyes of americans and they will never forget what they were doing that day. i know i will not
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Mitt Romney would likely win if election today

Mitt Romney would likely win if election today | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Rasmussen Reports - The best place to look for polls that are spot on...


The Rasmussen Reports indicate the the boost from the Republican National Convention was sufficient (especially in swing states) to make Mitt Romney the frontrunner in the election were held today of today. How will that change in the next few weeks? 

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Nic Hardisty's comment, September 3, 2012 6:34 PM
I think that the vast majority of pre-election hype and polls are primarily used to sell advertising. It's actually not a bad idea; you really have a 50/50 shot of getting it right. My guess is that Rasmussen's polls leading up to the election will swing back and forth between Romney and Obama, although often favoring Romney, as their political polls often trend in the direction of conservatives (sometimes inexplicably). While far less likely to sell advertising, it would be interesting to conduct polls that ask about what key issues Americans are concerned with, followed up by what potential solutions they see to those problems.
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Labor Day 2012

If you are a fan of the 40 hour work week, 8 hour work day, health benefits, child labor laws and this lovely thing called "the weekend," you have the labor movement to thank.  The Department of Labor has put together a page entitled 'The History of Labor Day.'  This helps us understand that the benefits that we enjoy today are the legacy of generations of workers who courageously fought for for workers rights.  

 

Tags: Labor, industry, economic, unit 6 industry and video.

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Mapping the Nation

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This link is a companion site to the book, "Mapping the Nation: History & Cartography in 19th Century America" by Susan Schulten.  The author and publisher have made all of the images available digitally, and they are organized by chapter as well as chronologically. This a great resource to find some of the important maps that shaped America and help mold the manner in which we conceptualize America. Geography and history teachers alike will be able to draw on these materials. The chapters include:

  1. The Graphic Foundations of American History
  2. Capturing the Past Through Maps
  3. Disease, Expansion and the Rise of Environmental Mapping
  4. Slavery and the Origin of Statistical Cartography
  5. The Cartographic Consolidating of America


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Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech analyzed

Nancy Duarte analyzes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech using principles from her book, Resonate.

 

Today is the 49th anniversary of this famous speech, arguably the most important speech in American history.  May we remember his message forever.  Here is the full speech

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Urbanization and Climate Change

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By Dr. Nancy Brune   As has been noted, the world’s population is expected to increase to 8 billion by 2025 and 9 billion by 2050. For the first time in our history, 52 percent of the world’s popul...
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2600 years of history in one object

TED Talks A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism.

 

At first glance this TED Talk appears to be more about ancient history, archaeology and biblical studies that anything modern.  Yet as Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum continues his discussion of the Cyrus Cylinder (A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script), it becomes clear that this historical artifact is an important more of how modern states conceive of their heritage, cultural legacy and role within the Middle East today (such as Israel, Iraq, Iran and the U.K.).  As such the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism and plays a role in shaping Middle Eastern cultural and political institutions. 

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Don Brown Jr's comment, October 1, 2012 6:18 PM
Objects, ideas and land can have multi overlapping meanings that are constantly being reinterpreted by each succeeding generation creating new symbolic understandings that overlap into many societies and cultures.
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Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, explains Middle Eastern history using the Cyrus Cylinder.  His first point in this TED talk is especially interesting because he explains that people age and perish and objects do the same, but objects such as this cylinder survive and are able to tell important stories of history for a much longer time than people normally can.

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19th Amendment: Women's Suffrage

19th Amendment: Women's Suffrage | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

92 years ago today, women gained the right to vote in the United States.  Here is a link to the documents that made this happen .

 

 

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Stories Displayed on Maps

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On myHistro you can create advanced geolocated timelines that you can play as presentations. Pin your events, videos and photos to the map and share them with friends and family.

 

This new resource, myHistro, combines interactive maps with timelines to organize stories, journeys or historical events as the move over time and place.  By embedding photos, videos and links this creates an incredibly dynamic platform for telling historical and geographic stories.  By combining these features, this is a powerful tool to create customized resources for you students.  Pictured above is a sample timeline that shows the spatial and temporal journey of the Olympic torch for the 2012 Games.   

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A History of Conflicts

A History of Conflicts | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.

 

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click the both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.     

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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, August 16, 2012 5:06 AM
Oh... You are lucky ;-)
Paul Rymsza's comment, August 22, 2012 11:15 AM
the potential of this site is amazing between the interactive learning system and the correlation between the timeline and location. If the human geography class is anything like this i can't wait for it!
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This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.    

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Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75

Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75 | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The end of World War II was undoubtedly a massively important global event with many repercussions. Yet today the event is only memorialized in the smallest and arguably the most provincial state.  This article nicely summarizes some for historical factors behind the holiday remaining in Rhode Island, where it has fallen by the wayside everywhere else. 

 

Question to ponder: Will this still be a holiday in 2030?

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The Pessimist...

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Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others

Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This top 10 list is an insight look at the differences in media coverage and popular perception of terrorism based of the cultural background of the terrorist. From a blog typically focused on the MiddleEast, history and religion, you can imagine why the somewhat perplexed at how the terrorist attack on the a Sikh temple is being presented in the media and how Americans conceptualize this type of attack. Just to share one in the top ten: "White terrorists are [portrayed as] 'troubled loners.' Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners."  

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The 9/11 Dilemma: Freedom vs. Security

KH: How has America changed since the attacks of September 11, 2001? We are still struggling to find a balance between saftey and civil liberties. The Patriot Act, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, interrorgation techniques have all become parts of our lives.

The article asks the questions...

• Can the government listen to our phone conversations and read our  e-mails without warrants?

• Should suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo prison in Cuba have the right to challenge their detention in court?

• How much power does the president have to search for and punish those accused of having terrorist ties?

• Are harsh interrogation techniques ever justified? And at what point do they become torture?

 

Do you remember a time when you could board a plane with friends or family seeing you off from the gate? Do you remember bringing liquids though security? The youth of this country do not.  For more resources on September 11th, see: http://www.scoop.it/t/national-september-11-memorial-the-world


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Violent knights feared posttraumatic stress

Violent knights feared posttraumatic stress | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Knights in the Middle Ages were not the brutal and merciless killing machines depicted on film. New research draws a different picture of the medieval military elite.
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Teti Konstantinidou's comment, August 21, 2012 5:12 AM
Apparently cinema has got nothing to do with historical reality.
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... "or the writers give in to the appeal of lucrative fictional, or they have no real historical interest!"
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One Race, Every Medalist Ever

One Race, Every Medalist Ever | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Usain Bolt’s 9.63 set an Olympic record in the 100. So how far ahead of every Olympic medalist is he?

 

The race was spectacular, but how fast were these medalists compared to other Olympians from different eras?  Literally, Yohan Blake, Justin Gaitlin and Tyson Gay would have all beat every Olympian ever expect Usain Bolt.  Humanity is constantly pushing the physical limits of human physicality with technology.  What are the limits of this historical trend?  

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