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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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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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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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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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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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Pass the Books. Hold the Oil.

Pass the Books. Hold the Oil. | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Education is a better economic driver than a country’s natural resources.

 

This NY Times article is compelling fodder for a discussion on economic development.  While having natural resources on the surface sounds like the best valuable asset for a nation economy, why does Friedman argue that an abundance of natural resource can hurt the national economy?  While an educated workforce is obviously an asset, just how important is it compared to other factors? 

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

What Makes a Great Teacher? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspiration and dedication.

 

We intuitively know this, and the data backs it up--having a good teacher matters.  What common traits were identified among superb teachers?  1) They set big goals for their students, 2) continually reworking how they teach, 3) recruit students and parents into the process, 4) focused on student outcomes (not teacher actions), 5) planned meticulously and 6) relentlessly refused to surrender to typical problems (socioeconomic, budgetary, bureaucratic, etc.).  

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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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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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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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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...

Food for thought about how and why we educate and seek to improve our classrooms. 

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Why Men in Female-Centric Professions Spend More Time on ‘Guy’ Chores

Why Men in Female-Centric Professions Spend More Time on ‘Guy’ Chores | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
We’ve come a long way as a society in terms of gender equality. Men are teachers, women are doctors, and no one flinches. As I like to tell my daughters, they can grow up to be anything they want to be — except fathers.

 

Societal gender norms impact us in more ways than we often recognize.  Why would men without sons be more emotionally invested in outdoor activities?  Some of this is personal preference, but on the macro-scale, gender norms impact many of our personal choices.   

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History Games, World History

History Games, World History | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Find great interactive world history games and activities for kids, listed chronologically by historical topic.

This is a friendly link for the history teachers out there. 


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