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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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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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Dr. Seuss Went to War

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

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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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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How to Analyze a Political Cartoon

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Cold War Unit Resources from #SSCHAT

Cold War Unit Resources from #SSCHAT | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TED-Ed Hits the Classroom with New Video Website

TED-Ed Hits the Classroom with New Video Website | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The innovative minds at TED have brought a new educational video website to the head of the class. Today, TED-Ed launched http://ed.ted.com, a site that features TED-Ed’s original K-12 animated videos with accompanying lessons and quizzes.

 

I'm incredibly excited about this announcement.  I've included a few TED-Ed link on my site http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education and will continue to do so.  Khan Academy is not alone as a major free website that is producing great videos for educational purposes.  TED-Ed also has lesson materials at can be customized to your particular classroom needs.     

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9 Ways to Assess without Standardized Tests

9 Ways to Assess without Standardized Tests | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"School life, needs to take a look at real life measurement tools and consider making the school world, look more like the real world with meaningful and authentic assessment. In short, we should measure individuals by how well they do stuff rather than how well they do the meaningless work of memorize, regurgitate, and fill in bubbles on demand." 

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The Rhode Island 'Washington': Meaning Making in Social Studies Through Art History

The Rhode Island 'Washington': Meaning Making in Social Studies Through Art History | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"THE RHODE ISLAND STATE HOUSE in Providence is an imposing structure. It is also an architecturally significant one. Built of white Georgia marble between 1895 and 1904, it has one of only four self- supporting marble covered domes found in the world. It was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. When you enter the building and make your way up to the second floor rotunda, you come to the building's State Reception Room. Looking around, you encounter many diverse historical artifacts such as a small Rhode Island flag that orbited the moon during the Apollo II mission and the silver service set of the battleship USS Rhode Island. However, on the west wall hangs the room's real treasure—an 1802 full-length portrait of George Washington by America's premier portrait artist Gilbert Stuart. At first nothing about it jumps out at you. After all, Washington's image is everywhere in the United States—even the world—and certainly appropriate in the context of an American government state house. But a full-length portrait of Washington and by an artist of the stature of Gilbert Stuart? What could be the story behind this particular work and how and why did it find its way here?"

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AP: U.S. History

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The homepage for the AP US History exam is a great archive for DBQs (Document-Based Questions).  "The AP U.S. History Exam tests knowledge of U.S. History from the first European explorations of the Americas up through modern times. The bulk of the questions focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Exam topics include political institutions and behavior, public policy, social and economic change, diplomacy and international relations, and cultural and intellectual developments."

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The Berlin Wall: Pictures From the Early Days of the Cold War

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Fifty years ago, LIFE traveled to Berlin to chronicle the construction of a wall. What the magazine's photographers found there was a barrier between worlds — and the brute symbol of the Cold War.

 

Excellent Cold War pictures. 

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101 Websites for Social Studies Teachers

101 Websites for Social Studies Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

I composed this list of 101 websites for social studies teachers by scouring the depths of the interwebs for quality resources.

I came across all kinds of sites dedicated to U.S. history, world history, culture, geography, maps, economics, etc., but these are the ones I found to be most up-to-date, accurate and professional.

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The Importance of Original Artifacts in Professional Development

The Importance of Original Artifacts in Professional Development | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Too often the words that come to mind when people think about libraries are dusty, quiet, and boring. At the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), particularly through our involvement with Teaching American History (TAH) grants, we have tried to change this perception by showing just how powerful direct contact with historical documents and images can be." 

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NCSS: War and Terrorism

NCSS: War and Terrorism | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The resources tab of the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) webpage is a treasure trove of lesson plan materials for teachers. This particular link focuses on War and Terrorism, and provides resources to help teachers to educate their classes about the emerging geopolitical landscape. This is a set of over 30 lesson plans, articles, maps and resources that focus on the U.S. war in Iraq, terrorism, and other military incursions in the Middle East. Collectively they give geographic perspective on current events so students can understand more about the places in the world that they hear about in the news.

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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 4:24 PM

This must be a great teaching plan so students can be thought about what is going on in the world. It also shows them what is going on in Iraq and in the Middle East and it could probably trigger one of them to fight back and change the Middle East from all the discrimination towards women and probably destroy all these bad groups that just have a motive to destroy and kill.

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Before 9/11 a lot of Americans didnt know much about the war on terrorism, It wasnt till after the attacks when they were directly affected did they bother to learn more about it to know why it happened and if something like it would happen again. 

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Why the huge interest in the 1940 Census?

Why the huge interest in the 1940 Census? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Michael Snow: The overwhelming response to the 1940 Census release shows our hunger for family history, when America was on the cusp of momentous change.

 

This Census becomes available at a time when geneology is becoming increasingly important within our society.  Also the digital tools that facilitate collaboration and research are becoming more common and more compatible.  This is an important research to to make the history on the eve of WWII all the more personal and relevant.  To access the archive, visit: http://1940census.archives.gov/ ;

 

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Healthcare in US ranks last among developed countries

Healthcare in US ranks last among developed countries | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Commonwealth Fund finds the status of healthcare system in the US compared with other developed nations...

 

United States citizens pay the most in the world for healthcare, but that spending does not translate into improvements in the healthcare system and in the best health in the world.  Why are so many other developed countries ranked higher in health care while spending less?  How does poverty impact healthcare patterns within the United States?  The above image shows per capita healthcare spending found at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/datablog/2010/apr/29/factfile-uk-health  

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AAG: Changing Planet

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The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is now Beta-testing a new website to address some of the issues from the NRC report, “Understanding the Changing Planet, Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences.” This site, builds on the idea that geographers can communicate truth in ways that other disciplines don’t offer, or “the geographic advantage.”

 

The four aspects the geographic advantage (as conceptualized by the AAG team) are:

1.  Relationships between people and the environment

2.  Importance of spatial variability

3.  Processes operating an multiple and interlocking geographic scales

4.  The integration of spatial and temporal analysis

 

To ensure that this advantage is harnessed, the AAG prepared 11 modules within these 4 categories of key issue facing the world:

--Environmental Change

--Sustainability

--Rapid Spatial Reorganization

--Technological Change

 

The site is still under construction and will face some alterations. The AAG will provide beta-testers with a CD-ROM (Teachers Guide to Modern Geography) and select one module that you will fully explore. If you would like to be a beta-tester, sign up at: http://tinyurl.com/geoadvbeta

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I liked the "peace index" video which ranks US states in terms of peacefullness through a number of variables, such as the availibility of small arms.
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Congressman Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie

http://www.thegreatrepublican.com Illinois' Rep. Bobby Rush (D) was removed from the House floor Wednesday morning after donning the hood of his sweater — an...

 

The 'rules' about clothing, place and social context are culturally and politically institutionalized. Where can you wear what clothes, and when does that change? Should it change? The clothes literally made this particular speech, since it was about the criminalization of cultural clothing norms within racial and economic groups. Should he have been thrown off the floor? What would you have done?

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“Life is more than a piece of clothing” Bubby Rush.

 

I do understand why congressman did what he did, but I don’t agree with him because he as a congressman, need to set an example to our youth. The house as other institution have rules that should be respect it, there are different way for you to protest if you don’t agree with certain issue. Imagine if show up to my job naked, I would be fired right way. Like my mother has always say “there is a place and time”

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Trayvon Martin: Rep. Bobby Rush Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie

Trayvon Martin: Rep. Bobby Rush Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was thrown off the House floor Wednesday after wearing a hoodie and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

 

The 'rules' about clothing, place and social context are culturally and politically institutionalized.  Where can you wear what clothes, and when does that change?  Should it change?  The clothes literally made this particular speech, since it was about the criminalization of cultural clothing norms within racial and economic groups.  Should he have been thrown off the floor?  What would you have done?   

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Learn Something Every Day

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Learn something every day, created with a Copic by Young...

 

Looking for something to start the day with a fact? This site is a great place to start. 

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I'm a geography professor at Rhode Island College. I tweet @APHumanGeog I welcome suggestions & appreciate meaningful collaboration. http://geographyeducation.org