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Stamen Design Reveals an Instagram for Maps

Stamen Design Reveals an Instagram for Maps | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A radical, beautiful new tool
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Common Core Practice | The Boston Bombings and a Supreme Court Case

Common Core Practice | The Boston Bombings and a Supreme Court Case | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
How have you handled this week’s breaking news stories? Here is how our classroom collaborators in New Jersey taught about them.
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Great ideas for covering this week's complex news stories in class.

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AP Classes Are a Scam

AP Classes Are a Scam | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Interesting article about how the College Board has successfully captialized on school systems' drives to increase the number of students who take AP exams each year.  (Does Jay Mathews get a cut?)

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Teaching With the Presidential Debates

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Great ideas for using the presidential debates in the classroom.

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See who I think wins the 2012 election on RealCearPolitics.com

See who I think wins the 2012 election on RealCearPolitics.com | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Use the interactive map tool to predict the winner of the 2012 election and share with your friends!
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A History of Conflicts

A History of Conflicts | Secondary 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 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 8:06 AM
Oh... You are lucky ;-)
Paul Rymsza's comment, August 22, 2012 2:15 PM
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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How to get students to participate in Online Discussions

How to get students to participate in Online Discussions | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Students’ participation in online discussions is central in online learning courses as it contributes to a participative and meaningful instruction where learners build their knowledge in a constructive way with instructors, colleagues, informal sources and by reflecting upon the process.

Debbie Morrison is posting a triplet series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. In part I she presents components which make online discussions effective, namely:

 

1.  A solid course design 

2.  Guidelines and expectations for students  

3.  Well constructed topics/questions

4.  The existence of a skilled facilitator or moderator

5.  An assessment component

 

References:

Wang Y. & Victor Der-Thang Chen (2008). Essential Elements in Designing Online Discussions to Promote Cognitive Presence, Journal of Asynchronous Communication. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 3-4 (12).

Wade, D. A., Bentley, J. P. H., & Waters, S. H. (2006). Twenty guidelines for successful threaded discussions: A learning environment approach. Distance Learning, 3(3), 1-8.

 


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Impress.js: Open Source Alternative To Prezi For Creating Presentations

Impress.js: Open Source Alternative To Prezi For Creating Presentations | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a free alternative to Prezi, then try Impress.js and Impressionist. Impress.js is a free presentation tool inspired by the Prezi platform that can be used for creating attractive presentations.

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Thank you for the scoop! But is it really as good as Prezi?
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When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress...
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Gallup: Confidence In TV News At New Low

Gallup: Confidence In TV News At New Low | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Confidence in television news has hit a new low, a new Gallup poll reported Tuesday. The polling firm does an annual survey of the confidence that Americans have in their biggest institutions.
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U.S. Congress Votes Database - The Washington Post

U.S. Congress Votes Database - The Washington Post | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Explore members of the House and Senate and analyze every vote in Congress since 1991.
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Moving Past a Haunting Image

Moving Past a Haunting Image | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
An Agence France-Presse photographer met with Tarana Akbari, the 11-year-old subject of Massoud Hossaini's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph.
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A National Geographic Cartographer Explains How to Win That Google Maps Guessing Game

A National Geographic Cartographer Explains How to Win That Google Maps Guessing Game | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Some online quiz games are rendered pointless by Google. But here’s one that would be impossible without it: GeoGuessr, a “where in the world are you?
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Defining Authenticity in Historical Problem Solving

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At Sammamish High School, we've identified seven key elements of problem-based learning, an approach that drives our comprehensive curriculum. I teach tenth grade history, which puts me in a unique p
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Great article about teaching AP World History through classes based on problem-based learning using content rich simulations and debates.

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What an Astronaut's Camera Sees at Night (from ISS)

Time lapsed images of Earth that the astronauts on board the International Space Station see at night. The clip is narrated by Dr. Justin Wilkinson of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Great views of contries, cities, mountains, waterways, lightning storms and atmosphere.  

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‘Where They Stand’ by Robert W. Merry

‘Where They Stand’ by Robert W. Merry | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The ranking criteria discussed here would be a great assignment for US History or Government students learning about the different roles of the US President.  The assignement could lead into a great debate on who was, in fact, the best president.

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The New World

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An interactive series of maps show possible new additions to the world’s list of independent nations.

 

This is great way to show examples of devolution and political instability.  Included are 11 potential scenarios where further fragmentation/disintegration might occur or even greater regional integration that would redraw the map.  These case studies include: Somalia, Korea, Azerbaijan, Belgium and the Arabian Gulf Union.

 

Tags: political, devolution, supranationalism, war, autonomy, unit 4 political.


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Benjamin DeRita's comment, September 23, 2012 9:36 PM
Very interesting and informative piece, I found slide (10) especially intriguing with its discussion on the possibility of China claiming parts of Siberia.
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This article is probably one of my favorites I have read so far. It describes perfectly the political instability still present in the world, and that the globe and its boundaries are constantly changing, never staying put for too long. It surprised me at the new borders which most likely are going to happen, such as the unification of parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Also, the fact that South Korea is subtly getting ready for the reunification of North and South Korea. Also, there may be devolution in Mali and splintering devolution in the Congo's.

This shows devolution as the power in these nations in which are breaking up, such as Belgium and the Flemish peoples. It shows the centrifugal forces behind the breakup of nations, such as ethnicities which vary, or the centripetal forces which bring nations together such as the combination of South and North Korea. 

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Devolution/Fragmentation

 

This article is about nations that could become potentially independent in the near Future, whether due to chronic ethnic incoherence, redrawn governemnt policies, or a growing stateless nation group. Some examples given are an independent Khurdistan, a larger Azerbaijan, and the split of Belgium. 

 

Centrifugal forces are the root of conflict in many countries. These forces include ethnic variety, lack of common language, political instability. These are what may be causing a split in both Belgium (developed country) and Somalia (developing country). There may also be a unification of countries—the map gives an example of the Saudia Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, and other melding into one Arabian Gulf Union, of China absorbing Siberia. This does not necessarily herald the presence of centripetal forces, as these countries may be the result of military conquest. 

 

 

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Ever-Growing Past Confounds History Teachers : NPR

Colorado State professor Jonathan Rees teaches U.S. history and, like many teachers, every few years responds to major events by adding them to his lectures. But that means other important events get left behind.
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Gerrymandering 101

This video is a good primer to show before the ReDistricting Game (http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education/p/2214122954/the-redistricting-game ).


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25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos

Directory of the Web's best educational video resources. Includes 5min, Academic Earth, BrainPOP, Brightstorm, iTunes U, YouTube EDU, and many more sites.


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How Social Media is Changing Education For the Better | The ...

How Social Media is Changing Education For the Better | The ... | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This pertains not only to leveraging social media to improve the classroom experience, but also to developing students' social media skills. If advertising, marketing, and public relations majors aren't learning how to integrate ...
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Many Students Find Schoolwork 'Too Easy,' Report Says

Many Students Find Schoolwork 'Too Easy,' Report Says | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Veteran Education Week reporters Catherine Gewertz and Erik Robelen bring you news and analysis of issues at the core of classroom learning.
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The Geography of Foreign Aid

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This map is a graphical representation of the Dashboard’s available data on foreign assistance appropriations by fiscal year. The darker a country’s shading appears on the map, the more funding that U.S. Government country office received in that fiscal year. Users can switch between fiscal years by using the dropdown box in the top right corner of the page. Users can choose a country by clicking the map or by selecting the name of the country from the drop down box above.


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Icebergs Frozen in Time by a Portraitist

Icebergs Frozen in Time by a Portraitist | Secondary Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Camille Seaman, an insightful portraitist, turned her lens on icebergs, which she sees as living, feeling creatures or persons. "There's so many unique personalities.
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