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The Common Core and your social studies classroom

The Common Core and your social studies classroom | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately talking with teachers and admin types about how the Common Core will impact Social Studies instruction. The conversation has included discussions about...

 

Over at http://www.socialstudiescentral.com/content/common-core-and-social-studies-classroom there are resources for teachers to know what the common core change will mean for you and your classroom. 

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Choropleth Map of U.S. Slavery (1860)

Choropleth Map of U.S. Slavery (1860) | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In honor of Juneteenth, and so that we may not forget our complicity in this evil institution: a map of slavery in the U.S. in 1860.

 

This is a great digital map showing the spatial distribution of slavery in the United States on the eve of the Civil War. 

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21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers

21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This is a great list of free mapping tools that require little cartographic background.  Tripline in particular would be a good way for students to create a project out of student trips.  Also, if you've never seen this blog before, it is a very useful one to have bookmarked.     

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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of the...

 

So many of these images represent powerful  images that make history personal and show the strands of history during pivotal moments of change. 

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50 Years of Government Spending

50 Years of Government Spending | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to health care? How much goes to defense? How much goes to other programs? And how has spending changed over time?

 

How have American politics changed over the years?  What influences these changes?  What do you expect this graph to look like in the future? 

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Epic time-lapse map of Europe

"Fast forwarding from ca 1000 AD until 2005 showing Europe's shifting borders, alliances, unions, territories, occupied land etc."

 

This is an excellent video that highlights the shifting political geography of Europe and the historical sweeps of the various eras. 

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What is the Arab Spring?

The Choices Program asks Brown University's Political Scientist Melani Cammett to briefly explain the Arab Spring.  This is a great primer to teach young students who don't follow international news to understand the beginnings of the Arab Spring.  For more videos by the Choices Program in their "Scholars Online" series, see:

http://www.choices.edu/resources/scholarsonline.php

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The Arab Spring can be described as an uprising of Arab protesters that are no longer afraid to stand up against their rulers to improve their own political and economic conditions. Arabs march in the streets and hold signs to get their points across in hopes that things will eventually look up.

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Instructions to All Persons of Muslim Ancestry | Articles | Discover Nikkei

Instructions to All Persons of Muslim Ancestry | Articles | Discover Nikkei | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Japanese Internment: This is the Enemy

Download at: http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/mmh/internment/ for a larger version. A video about Japanese internment during World War II. Our democracy was forge...

 

This chilling video is a poignant look at a portion of U.S. history that many would rather not teach simply because they wish it never happened in the first place or wish to dismiss it as a historical abberation. 

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Cold War Unit Resources from #SSCHAT

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I keep referencing twitter as an incredible source for professional development, networking, and gathering resources.  This compilation of numerous tweets on March 21st on #sschat demonstrates the collaborative power that educators can tap in to by using social media. 

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Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

FOR LYRICS GO TO http://www.soomopublishing.com/suffrage WATCH THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO: http://youtu.be/MuPCfIM3NWo Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage is a pa...

 

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Beyond the bachelor's degree: Associate degrees see higher growth rate in the future

Beyond the bachelor's degree: Associate degrees see higher growth rate in the future | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Simply put: Education matters for earning potential. 

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5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown

The Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets, Napoleon wasn’t short, and other historical myths debunked.  Thanks to http://www.brainpickings.org for finding this.  

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Historypin

This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   

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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 1:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 3:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 12:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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Mapping History

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The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments and dynamics.  The material is copyrighted, but is open and available to academic users.   

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10 best hashtags for social studies teachers

10 best hashtags for social studies teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Twitter. It’s a good thing. I know many of you are already big social media fans. But for those who are still just a bit unsure about the whole Twitter / Facebook / Plurk thing, this is for y...

 

This is a great way to help your online social media interactions strengthen you Personal Learning Network (PLN). 

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Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

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Information about the endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus and what you can do to save it.

 

So many of our student passively accept what they read on the internet as truth, especially if the website looks professional.  Since we are trying to help foster critical-thinking skills, we can present this website as though it were factual and encourage our students to analyze, critique and evaluate the 'information' presented.  Personally, I wish I lived in a world where the Tree Octopus was safe to freely climb in the old-growth forests.    

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Agreement Groups in the United States Senate

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This interactive graph shows the partisan nature of voting blocs within the Senate.  Where are your senators on this graph? 

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Typical African Leaders

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What is the concept of 'odious debt?'  Why is working with the government of a country not always the same as always working with the people of a country? 


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What if we trained our airline pilots like we train our teachers?

What if we trained our airline pilots like we train our teachers? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
” If we trained airline pilots the way we train teachers, we’d give them a 2-year training program behind maybe a simulator, but most of it would be lecture. And then we would give them...

 

This is an great article that highlights some of the problems inherent with the educational system. You wouldn't want the pilot to be trained a we train teachers because you'd want the pilot to have as much experience as possible before flying solo.  So why would we train our teacher in a way that doesn't maximize hands-on experience?  Some food for thought and we contemplate educational reform.  

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Dr. Seuss Went to War

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The Library at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) has a catalog of political cartoons from 1941-1943 by Dr. Seuss in their special collections.

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How to Analyze a Political Cartoon

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More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years

Search, links, media sharing, social media, Wikipedia, games, open source etc. are ground breaking shifts in the way we learn, says Donald Clark. Unfortunate...

 

This TED talk highlights the shift changes that are revolutionizing educational practices.  Transformations is communication technologies has freed education from both spatial and temporal constraints of the past.  Social media technologies has made numerous shifts that some educators have resisted.  Donald Clark ends the talk with this poignant ending: "You can ignore it, but resistance is futile." 

 

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Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

"To get the lyrics or download the mp3, visit http://soomopublishing.com/declaration

 

My students love these spoof videos. 

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Twitter as a source for Professional Development

Here is the link for this week's best of twitter teacher resources. https://t.co/8o8oEvDT #sschat #edchat #scichat #geography #aphg
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Here is the link for this week's best of twitter teacher resources.

 

This is a fabulous list of educational resources on Google Docs (with a strong emphasis on history and social studies).  This also demonstrates how one educator has harnessed the power of twitter as a source of professional development and educational networking.  All of these links were compiled during one week by one teacher; just think about possibilities when digital curation becomes collaborative!   

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