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Stanford History Education Group

Stanford History Education Group | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The Stanford History Education Group has amassed some great resources for social studies teachers.  Their chief resources is a program called Reading Like a Historian.  The program has 71 stand-alone lessons for U.S. History organized within 11 units. These lessons span colonial to Cold War America and cover a range of political, social, economic, and cultural topics. They are continuing to expand the Reading Like a Historian program to World History.  Currently there are 15 lessons from across the world history sequence with more lesson plans under development that will be released in the next few months.


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20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color."


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This is a great collection with some famous historical figures and images that seem to capture an era. 

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Tony Hall's curator insight, August 15, 2013 11:08 PM

This is cool! Really cool! I love monochrome photography but as the comment says "colorizers ... bring historic photos to life through color". Love it!

theo kuechel's comment, August 16, 2013 4:35 AM
This is fascinating for a number of reasons, firstly; in these days of digital photography where the default is 'colour' many photographers choose to convert their images to Black and White in order to create a mood or make visual statements. Although the images used in the piece will be Copyrighted - Flickr Commons http://www.flickr.com/commons offers a wealth of B&W images from museums around the world with 'no known copyright restrictions'. These could be used for all manner of educational and creative projects using colorising techniques.
Armando's curator insight, August 16, 2013 7:28 AM
20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized
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Inside WWII: Interactive Maps

Inside WWII: Interactive Maps | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Go inside World War II and get new insight into the people, battles and events you thought you knew.

Via Joe Andrade
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World War II had a profound impact on so many places; the issues that contributed to these events and complex and inter-related.  This interactive with videos, pictures and commentary is a veritable treasure trove of resources for teachers and students alike.  

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Joe Andrade's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:14 AM

These interactive maps show the events of the second world war in a new and interesting way. It allows users to see some of the geographic motives for the war, such as Germanys quest for "Lebensraum" or living space and  Japans expansion into neighboring countries for materials such as oil. It demonstrates how studying geography and history go hand in hand, it is important to understand geographic principals to understand why history plays out the way it did. 

Amy Marques's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:54 PM

This is a great website! It shows never before seen photos from WWII. Something to notice about the photos is the section on Japanese-Americans. It's an eye opener to the way in which Japanese-Americans were treated during WWII. Many americans are almost blind to what the US was trying to end, German expansion in Europe and ending the holocaust, however at the same time, we had our own concentration camps here in CalifornIa.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 23, 2013 1:25 PM

Nice quick way to get the user to see some of the key aspects of the War.  Showing the pan-germanism that Hitler esposed when taking the Sudetenland in the former Czechoslovakia to showing the suffering the civilian population of Leningrad.

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When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884."

 

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I show this picture to my classes with the simple prompt: this was a major figure in U.S. history in the first half of the 20th century.  Most pick female historical figures and are startled to find out that it was a revered president.  This slideshow demonstrates the cultural shift over time that has led to gendered norms on dress in the United States.  This article is quite compelling.

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Delicia Worrill's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:20 AM

May work for a Psychology or Sociology class as well.

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 

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July 1-3 mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it seems only appropriate to share these rich, interactive resources to commemorate the event (this particular interactive feature uses an ESRI storymap template).  This fantastic example from the Smithsonian Magazine shows how history teaching and research can be benefited by using GIS with the example of Gettysburg.  Many student today visit the sites of the Battle of Gettysburg and get a greater appreciation of battle by getting a sense of the lay of the land and the  challenged confronting both armies.  National Geographic has additionally put together resources to made out other Civil War battles.  GIS is not a tool that is just for geographers; any analysis that requires spatial analysis can be mapped. 


Tags: historicalwar, landscape, spatial, GIS, ESRI.

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Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 2014 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 28, 2014 1:13 PM

unit 1

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:14 PM

Just another of the millions of uses for GIS...

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The Portraits of Thomas Jefferson

The Portraits of Thomas Jefferson | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
At the turn of the 18th century, Americans learned what their leaders looked like through paintings and drawings, explains a historian at the National Portrait Gallery
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Mohamed Cherif's comment, July 30, 2013 10:09 AM
I would to know more about this figure
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Why CERN is recreating the very first web page

Why CERN is recreating the very first web page | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The European science organization wants to remind the world that, 20 years ago, it gave us the World Wide Web for free
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We take the web for granted today, and this is a great reminder of how revolutionary this was; simultaneously so few at the time even knew that it happened, cared or realized how it would reshape their future. 

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Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover

Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
For their May cover, following the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Magazine has created an indelible image made from shoes worn by the marathon's runners. The cover, while evoking the horror of the bombing, is primarily a forward looking message.
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How is power divided in the United States government?

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-is-power-divided-in-the-united-states-government-belinda-stutzman Article II of the United States Constitution allows for three separate branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), along with a system of checks and balances should any branch get too powerful. Belinda Stutzman breaks down each branch and its constitutionally-entitled powers.

Lesson by Belinda Stutzman, animation by Johnny Chew.

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Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:08 AM

TED ED is one of the best resources I found for my classes this year. Great way to supplement lessons and content.

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Technological changes

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This animated GIF of the technological changes within the music industry is fascinating.  First the Vinyl, then cassette, and the CD each were the dominant product for a time.  Today, digital music has superceded any "hard copy" format and that changes how we interact with music.  Musicians aren't trying to make a great album with 10 memorable tracks that blend together; those that spend time resisting these changes to the industry were definitely on the wrong side of history. 

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Tony Hall's comment, April 11, 2013 12:32 AM
So very cool:) Great for illustrating the concept of change over time.
Tony Hall's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:33 AM

I think this is awesome. Fantastic way of illustraing change over time. 

MrJocz's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:36 PM

This is pretty awesome!

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The South still lies about the Civil War

The South still lies about the Civil War | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In an ongoing revisionist history effort, Southern schools and churches still pretend the war wasn't about slavery
Seth Dixon's insight:

This inflammatory headline is designed to catch your attention, but also to challenge conventional wisdom.  The teaching of history isn't just about uncovering the past, but it is also about how we frame the past.   Popular opinion is often very far from academic opinion on issues such as the Civil War. 

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A soldier's eye: rediscovered pictures from Vietnam

A soldier's eye: rediscovered pictures from Vietnam | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Staff Sergeant Edgar D. Bledsoe, of Olive Branch, Ill., cradles a critically ill Vietnamese infant. The child was brought to Fire Support Base Pershing. This image, with this caption, was originally published in Vol. 3 No. 53 of Tropic Lightning News, December 30, 1968."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This gallery of 46 vintage images of the Vietnam War (primarily of U.S. GI's) shows the humanity and the pains of war.  This photoessay is very informative and moving.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 29, 2013 9:42 AM

Charlie Haughey was assigned as a staff photographer in Vietnam, and took over 2000 photos during his 18 month tour.  The negatives sat for 40 years...until now.  

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Anti-Suffrage Propaganda

Anti-Suffrage Propaganda | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Thank goodness for the failure of those insufferable suffragettes! Why, just imagine the domestic anarchy if the lesser sex were allowed to cast ballots today. Wait...what? Crap. Well, if you crazy...
Seth Dixon's insight:

This set of old "anti-suffrage" propaganda might seem funny, quaint or old-fashioned from our modern lens (or infuriatingly patriarchal), but they are also great primary document to examine the cultural values and political climate of the United States at the turn of the century (even that phrase is old-fashioned and now out of date).  For more see the Choices Program's supplemental board. 

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Tere Plana's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:00 AM

Em diu que possi el meu punt de vista! Nooor!

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The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. (The David Rumsey Map Collection hosts a fully zoomable version here.)
Seth Dixon's insight:

This histomap is incredibly detailed (grab the gray bar on the righthand side of the image to scroll down) and quite long.  See the high resolution image here.  

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Shelby Redman's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:23 PM

This is really neat

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:38 PM

Often times I find it hard to think of history as simply a recolection of time. Youspend your childhood looking at timelines and learning history linearly you often forget that this is not the case. I found this work to be very asthetically pleasing and helpful as well.

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:55 PM

Often times I find it hard to think of history as simply a recolection of time. Youspend your childhood looking at timelines and learning history linearly you often forget that this is not the case. I found this work to be very asthetically pleasing and helpful as well.

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The making of Americans: Immigration

The making of Americans: Immigration | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The "melting pot" has been glorified, vilified, and dismissed as obsolete. But both census data and the stories of millions of individual immigrants indicate that the not-always-easy process of assimilation is alive and well.

Via Mr. David Burton, AP US History, Al Picozzi
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Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:00 PM

It is a melting pot.  It get less and less of the older immigrations, Irish, Italian and other, but newer immigrants add to this melting pot.  I once read someone said that their grandparents were Italian-Italian immigrants, they they were Italian-American, that their kids are American-Italian and thayt their grandkids will be American-American, the pot might get dilluted every so often, but someone will always add to it.

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European History Interactive Map

European History Interactive Map | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Seth Dixon's insight:

This interactive map allows users to explore the shifting political organization of space in Europe over time and place.  While there might be some minor errors, it is certainly worth your time to investigate this.

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, August 10, 2013 7:51 PM

So many uses!

Lola Jennings- Edquist's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:56 AM

What an awesome map! A great resource for teaching kids history- and making it simple to understand, as well as interactive. Can be used in conjunction with the 'Protest Sites' map I scooped above; in a unit on protests and change around the world. 

 

I think it links to most areas of Humanities, which is cool. I showed it to some of the kids from placement and they loved it! 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:28 PM

Great Quick tool to use and very informative.

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Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China

Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Law mandates that children regularly visit their parents and avoid "overlooking or neglecting" elders, although the specific punishment isn't clear.

 

"Imagine a world where it was illegal not to visit your ageing parents. Where your grandpa could take you to court for not paying him enough attention. That world exists, and it's called China. As of this week, the country has a new law that forbids "overlooking or neglecting the elderly."

It's not clear what exactly lies in store for you if you don't, and many Chinese internet users have criticized the legislation as unworkable and overly moralizing. But anyone commenting online, we might fairly assume, probably isn't one of the old people the law is intended to protect.

 

At least one senior citizen has already used it to her advantage: a 77-year-old woman from Wuxi successfully petitioned a court to order her daughter to spend time with her "at least once every two months, and on at least two of China's national holidays." What happy occasions those will be. "

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130702/grandmother-77-wins-first-china-neglect-case

 

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Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's comment, July 3, 2013 3:26 AM
what the hell!
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The Wizard of Oz and the 1896 Presidential Election

Excerpt from NPR program on the hypothesis that the book, The Wizard of Oz, was based on the 1896 presidential election and the controversy over gold vs. sil...

Via Mr. David Burton, Ms. Harrington
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I have recently read the book the Wizard of Oz with my children and the book fits this hypothesis much more accurately than the movie does.  The Emerald City wasn't truly that color but everyone was force to wear emerald-colored glass (hence, they all believed that the ordinary things had extraordinary monetary value).

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

Henry Littlefield's "Parable on Populism" covers this hypothesis in great detail and is worth the read. 

Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:35 PM

I have been discussing this hypothesis with my classes for years..finally a short video to promote discussion!

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Kent State: Past and Present

Kent State: Past and Present | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Knox Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer during an anti-war protest at Kent State University.

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Maegan Anderson's comment, May 7, 2013 12:37 AM
speechless...
Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, May 10, 2013 9:39 AM

Photos like this that juxtapose the original photograph to present day surroundings always grab me.  What an interesting discussion this could be in a history classroom!

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Kent State: Past and Present | @scoopit via @APHumanGeog http://sco.lt/...

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Dating in the 1940s

1947 Archival advice
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This video is a classic cultural production that is filled with unintented comedy for today's youth (and adults--I laughed plenty).  It does chronicle the some of the popular culture interactions among youth in that day and dating practices.  It also is a normative production designed to show how things should be within society.  This normative element of earlier TV products (like Leave it to Beaver and Father knows Best) means that they aren't prefect reflections of the society that produced them, but represent an idealized form that many believed should be the aspirational goals of society.    

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Dramatic reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by cdavid cottrill. History Website: https://sites.google.c...
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As a friend of mine said, the ride of Paul Revere and Bunker Hill are great examples of geography shaping history.  To see this map of these events, see the Google Earth file.  

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Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, April 20, 2013 5:55 AM

Peu connu en France, un héros de la révolution américaine, et son épopée devenue mythique.

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Primary Sources

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"Kindergarten Historians" is fantastic example that shows that it's never too early to start using primary sources. 

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Most Americans think teen pregnancy is getting worse. Most Americans are wrong.

Most Americans think teen pregnancy is getting worse. Most Americans are wrong. | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Teen births are at their lowest rate since the 1940s. Most Americans have no idea that we're actually in the midst of a a big public health success story.
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Now to the big question that this infographic does not answer: why do American's think that the opposite is true?


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The History of April Fools Day

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Here's a little historical perspective on the silliness that will ensue on April 1st this year.  My older brother's birthday is on April 1st and he is VERY tired of April Fool's themed parties or gags. 

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Mapping the Dead

Mapping the Dead | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Huffington Post compiled news reports of gun-related homicides and accidental deaths in the U.S. since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. on the morning of Dec. 14.
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