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The Separatist Map of Africa

The Separatist Map of Africa | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
When African states gained independence, the continent's new leaders agreed to respect the old colonial borders to avoid endless wars.

 

This interactive map shows the major conflicts on the African continent where the combatants have geopolitical aspirations to separate from the state and create a new, autonomous state.  Click on the red arrows and you can read about the warring factions and the current situation in that region.   

 

Tags: political, governance, Africa, unit 4 political, war, conflict, states, colonialism.


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Fascinating interactive map looking at the separatist movements in Africa.  

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Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:00 AM

It seems as though African countries are actually trying to go back to their pre-colonial boundaries. The agreement they made to respect the old colonial borders to avoid war has never been effective.

Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 8:48 PM

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Here's How The Map Of Europe Would Be Redrawn If All The Separatist Movements Get Their Way

Here's How The Map Of Europe Would Be Redrawn If All The Separatist Movements Get Their Way | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Scottish independence movement will embolden other active separatist groups in Europe to win their freedom, whether or not Scotland votes to secede from the United Kingdom on Thursday.

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Globetrotting teacher visits more than 55 countries to inspire his students

Globetrotting teacher visits more than 55 countries to inspire his students | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
There’s no substitute for the sense of wonder on first seeing the Great Wall, says teacher Matthew Bell, plans to visit every country in the world to bring geography to life for his students (Globetrotting #geography teacher visits >55 countries...
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Does travel expand your teaching horizons?

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Legislative Explorer

Legislative Explorer | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Interactive visualization that allows anyone to explore actual patterns of lawmaking in Congress
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Leg/Ex, the Legislative Explorer, allows researchers to visually trace the progress of bills and resolutions through Congress.  This online tool provides data points for bills and resolutions introduced in Congress since 1973 and provides multiple ways to sort the data.  

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A Summary of News Coverage from September 11, 2001 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

A Summary of News Coverage from September 11, 2001 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This is a summary video from many of the channels recorded by the Television Archive. It's ordered by time with clips from the following channels. NBC (USA) -...
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Thanks to uber-teacher Justin Glodowski for sharing the link!  A great video summary from multiple news channels of the events of the morning of Sept 11 2001.  

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Economics Professor Calculates Jobs Data From Twitter - Investing.com

Economics Professor Calculates Jobs Data From Twitter - Investing.com | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Economics Professor Calculates Jobs Data From Twitter
Investing.com
An economics professor has found a way to estimate U.S. employment from Twitter data, more quickly and accurately than the government.
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Fascinating way of using social media to determine the relative health of an economy.

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Man Receives Diploma 55 Years After Being Denied Graduation For Refusing To Accept Racism

Man Receives Diploma 55 Years After Being Denied Graduation For Refusing To Accept Racism | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In 1959, Alva Earley was denied a diploma after taking a stand against segregation. Fifty-five years later, with a little help from some determined friends, he finally received what he should've gotten a long time ago.
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Fascinating story for students about the effects of the Civil Rights Movement.  It wasn't all big huge things - sometimes, it was denying one person something they had earned.  

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Are Great Teachers Born or Made? - The Atlantic

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? - The Atlantic | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Are Great Teachers Born or Made?
The Atlantic
This is just one of many comparisons that teachers make in Green's book. They also liken their profession to surgery, general medicine, nursing, professional athletics, and even chamber music.
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Is great teaching a gift or a skill?

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Instructional Unit Samples - Social Studies | CDE

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The Colorado Dept of Education has worked with teachers statewide to write model elementary social studies lesson plans.  For those struggling with incorporating social studies into their elementary level, this might be a good resource!

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Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning: Implications for GIS Education - YouTube

Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning: Implications for GIS Education.
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I met @josephkerski at the Esri T3G workshop last month, and to say that he literally vibrates with his passion and excitement for Geography and GIS education is an understatement.  I love this video about learning, unlearning, and relearning, not only for the way it focuses on GIS, but looking at it for education as a whole.  Isn't that what we do?  whether willingly or being dragged along the way, we learn, unlearn, and relearn new ways to "do" education.  Awesome.  

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently. (RT @Folmerica: How Different Cultures Understand Time.
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A truly fascinating article about the concept of time and how different cultures view it.  

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Teach the Books You Love!

Teach the Books You Love! | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Teachers sometime struggle with determining which text applies well to social studies content, concepts, and skills.  Using Lexile scores is helpful for the literacy portion, but learning how to use qualitative analysis on books (such as theme, knowing your reader, scaffolding, etc) can be very helpful.  Take a look at suggestions from educators on why certain books could be used at different times, even if the Lexile does not "match".  

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North Korea v South Korea: every incident mapped

North Korea v South Korea: every incident mapped | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Mapping tensions between North and South Korea (Awesome!
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Interactive map showing incidents between North and South Korea over decades since the Korean War.

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#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag ... - Washington Post

#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag ... - Washington Post | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag ...
Washington Post
#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag activism”.
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A very interesting post on what is becoming known as Hashtag Activism.  Is awareness the same as action?  I'm not sure.  What would your students say?

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Mr. D's Social Studies Classroom's comment, May 11, 6:45 PM
When students were first made aware of Kony, they responded in mass without looking at both sides of the issue. I'm not saying one side was more righteous than the other, but so many inhaled without taking time to exhale as well.
Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, May 13, 7:28 PM

Is awareness the same as action? Is hashtag activism a legitimate form of social protest? Read and consider some of the background.

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Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping - National Geographic

Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping - National Geographic | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
National Geographic Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping National Geographic Built more than 4,000 years ago, Stonehenge is still giving up its secrets, with a new underground map revealing a set of monuments below the...
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Stonehenge has always fascinated students - when you add this info into the mix, I think it will be even more fascinating!  What conclusions could students draw?  

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The Upshot|Why Does Scotland Want Independence? It's Culture vs. Economics - New York Times

The Upshot|Why Does Scotland Want Independence? It's Culture vs. Economics - New York Times | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The Upshot|Why Does Scotland Want Independence? It's Culture vs. Economics
New York Times
The economic and geopolitical advantages of being a larger country offer some advantages that a small country cannot match.
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A really interesting look at the Scot/British debate.  

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How Google represents disputed borders between countries

How Google represents disputed borders between countries | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
INTERNATIONAL borders are often tricky to chart on maps. Tangible topographic features can be pinned down by satellite imagery but the boundaries between many states...
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A fascinating look at how Google Maps deals with border situations.  

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President to award Delafield's Alonzo Cushing with Medal of Honor

President to award Delafield's Alonzo Cushing with Medal of Honor | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
City of Delafield — Local historian Margaret Zerwekh's more-than-30-year quest for a Medal of Honor for Delafield Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing finally come to an end late Tuesday afternoon with an announcement from the White House.
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Something that has been in the works for over 30 years, to honor Lt. Alonzo Cushing with a Congressional Medal of Honor. Great news for Wisconsin!
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Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History - NPR (blog)

Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History - NPR (blog) | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
NPR (blog)
Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History
NPR (blog)
When Britain ended its colonial rule in 1947, splitting the Asian subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan, it wasn't just the land that was divided.
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This could be a GREAT lesson for students on author bias and sourcing.  Young Indians and Pakistanis compare what their history books say about their shared history - and then work to write a common story.  

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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."

 

Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 

 

Tags: mapping, perspective.


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Very interesting article on how map projections potentially effect our view of the world.  

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YEC Geo's curator insight, August 15, 7:03 AM

I love maps, but it's easy to forget that reproducing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface involves many trade-offs.  This article highlights those trade-offs.

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:28 AM

Would you perception of the world change if you saw it upside down?

Mrs. B's curator insight, Today, 4:02 AM

Unit 1 !!!!

 

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ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State - Current Context - CA History-Social Science Project

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The California History-Social Science Project out of UC-Davis has released a short, four-page overview of the current events involving ISIL/ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  It has a couple of pages of background reading, a timeline, a map, and a list of resources and websites for further information.  As always, they have done a GREAT job with their research and format!

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Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan's favorite pitted fruit - The Muskegon Chronicle

Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan's favorite pitted fruit - The Muskegon Chronicle | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan's favorite pitted fruit
The Muskegon Chronicle
10658204_s.jpg Michigan’s sour cherry producers are sometimes forced to dump crops to control market supply, even as the U.S.
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This is a fascinating look at the supply and demand of tart cherries, and how agriculture subsidies and requirements affect supply and cherry farmers.  

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Teaching History Outside the Box

Teaching History Outside the Box | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
How do you improve history instruction for young people? My advice might seem hopelessly out of touch with the realities that history educators face in classrooms every day.
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Do we teach history for the love of history?

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These Maps Reveal How Slavery Expanded Across the United States

These Maps Reveal How Slavery Expanded Across the United States | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
As the hunger for more farmland stretched west, so too did the demand for enslaved labor
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IDEAS: Economics and Finance Research

IDEAS is a central index of economics
and finance research, including working papers, articles and software code
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This is a HUGE database of economic information, data, and analysis.  Might be fun to release your AP students in to!

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Current Events in Historical Context — California History-Social Science Project

Current Events in Historical Context — California History-Social Science Project | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The California History-Social Science Project from UC-Davis opened a new part of their website, called "Current Context".  Right now, they have a brand new set of materials on Ukraine and Crimea, including background information, maps, a timeline of important events, and links to other resources.  

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