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Welcome to Created Equal | Created Equal

Welcome to Created Equal | Created Equal | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The National Endowment for the Humanities has put together this amazing site with full-length films about the Civil Rights Movement.  There are also teaching suggestions and ways to get your community involved.  All free!

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How to Measure Area and Distance in Google Maps & Earth

How to Measure Area and Distance in Google Maps & Earth | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The days of printing out Google Maps so that you can use a ruler to measure out distances are over. Even Google Earth has both distance and area calculations built right into it.

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The things you learn....  :)

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Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators

Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Teach the 2016 U.S. presidential election with this curated collection, featuring lesson plans, multimedia, and interactive games for K-12 students.

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Analyzing Maps to Better Understand Global Current Events and History

Analyzing Maps to Better Understand Global Current Events and History | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In this lesson, we provide strategies to help students accurately interpret maps, and we suggest ways for using current event maps as a tool to better understand both history and what’s going on in the world today.

Via Seth Dixon
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The NY Times learning blog really has some interesting, insightful lessons.  This one looks at using maps to understand culture and history, and how it affects today.  

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Many of the more fortunate students (access to portable electronic devices, multi-car families with parents who drive them around, etc.) are actually worse off in map reading skills in part because they have never needed to develop a mental map and are not adept at navigating their neighborhoods (in the last few generations most and the range that part).  When these children become drivers, they are unable to navigate without GPS devices, but they still need to learn map reading skills. They are convinced that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tagsmapping, K12, scale, location.

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American Panorama

American Panorama | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Finally exploring American Panorama, an ambitious digital atlas https://t.co/O4B600dEiM very cool, tho sheer density of data is challenging

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Awesome digital atlas!

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Maps Mania: The 100 Best Maps of the Year

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Maps Mania - best maps of the year.  All of these maps are interactive, and many of them are just so intriguing you could spend all day on them!  

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Urban Growth

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A helpful visualization looking at urbanization over the last two thousand years.  

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Congress Creates the Bill of Rights project: App, lessons, ebook, online resources

Congress Creates the Bill of Rights project: App, lessons, ebook, online resources | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Buried within the millions of documents housed at the National Archives are some truly special treasures from the First Congress that highlight how the ratification of the Constitution necessitated...
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Classroom Chronicles: Bristol Elementary encourages thoughtful, civil conversations

Classroom Chronicles: Bristol Elementary encourages thoughtful, civil conversations | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Elkhart Community Schools’ Bristol Elementary is the 18th school education reporter Michelle Sokol has visited for her “Classroom Chronicles” tour
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Socratic seminars at elementary?  This school says YES.  

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How Texas Teaches History

How Texas Teaches History | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Grammar matters, especially when textbooks tackle the subject of slavery.
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I'm often guilty of using passive voice while writing - habits die hard.  This is a really powerful look not only at the fact that the content of the texts in question are downplaying history, but how the use of passive and active voice lends a completely different view of the text. 

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The Living Wage Map

The Living Wage Map | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
MIT’s Living Wage Calculator estimates the cost of living ("living wage") in each of the nation's counties and major metropolitan areas, and compares it to the minimum wage for a variety of household types. Mapped here are three types: parent with spouse and two children, single parent with one child, and single adult.
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What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like

What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Whale-buses, aviation police and new-fangled barbers: A fantastic vision of the future
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A great way for students to see how people in the past viewed the future, and an invitation to do the same for our own future.  

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Syria: Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis

Syria: Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Thousands of refugees, many of them fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria, are streaming across Europe in search of safety and security.

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 30, 2015 7:29 AM

Syrian refugees

Emma Boyle's curator insight, October 2, 2015 1:58 PM

For your debate research.

Tanya Townsend's curator insight, November 23, 2015 11:42 AM

This story map is a great visual of the current refugee crisis. This would be a helpful aid in describing the geographical barriers refugees face and how it affects them. For example the map shows where highest concentrations of deaths occur, naturally it is in the ocean. The ocean is a barrier for fleeing refugees. Think about how different landscapes and land forms can affect refugees available paths to flee

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Episode 066: Simon P. Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics - Ben Franklin's World

Episode 066: Simon P. Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics - Ben Franklin's World | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Today, we explore how historians choose their research topics with Simon P. Newman, a Professor of History at the University of Glasgow.

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benfranklinsworld.com has a podcast that looks at how historians DO - this one, for example, focuses on how historians choose research topics.  What a great way for students to see first hand how historians research!

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In Mapping the Holocaust, a Horrifying Lesson in Nazi "Paths to Persecution"

In Mapping the Holocaust, a Horrifying Lesson in Nazi "Paths to Persecution" | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Historians at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum have counted 42,500 Nazi concentration camps and ghettos, but even that figure may be conservative.
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Interactive map shows where the majority of Jewish ghettos were, and where the majority of Nazi death camps were located.  Comparing the two is chilling.  

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The Supreme Court Ponders Whether Puerto Rico Is a Fake State or a Real Colony

The Supreme Court Ponders Whether Puerto Rico Is a Fake State or a Real Colony | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
What the hell is Puerto Rico? Since America came into possession of the island in 1898, different governments have called it different things at differ ...
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Very interesting look at a case in front of the Supreme Court.  Is Puerto Rico sovereign, or not?

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Mapped: All the world's 1,031 World Heritage Sites

Mapped: All the world's 1,031 World Heritage Sites | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Which countries punch above their weight when it comes to recognised tourist attractions?

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Curious where all of the world's cultural heritage sites are found?

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10 Historical Myths Everyone Believes Because of Hollywood - Made From History

10 Historical Myths Everyone Believes Because of Hollywood - Made From History | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Movies are for entertainment, not education, but unfortunately, too many audience members believe that the historical movies they’re watching are actually factually correct.  Big,...
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There’s a Walkable Map of the World in Denmark

There’s a Walkable Map of the World in Denmark | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
It really is a small world after all at Denmark’s World Map at Lake Klejtrup, a 43,000-square foot world map built entirely to scale.
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How FUN!

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ISIS: A New Threat | Teaching with the News | Brown University

ISIS: A New Threat | Teaching with the News | Brown University | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

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Brown's Choices Program offers resources on teaching about ISIS

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Skills and Strategies | Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create

Skills and Strategies | Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Annotation is not just a classroom exercise, but something we all do all the time. With these ideas we hope to expand students’ notions of what annotation can be and inspire them to experiment with new ways of doing it — in class and out.
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So although not ONLY social studies education, the fact is, how awesome would it be if we gave students permission to annotate in a way that met THEIR needs?  Whether with a post it, writing in the margin, or a web tool of some kind - if it helps student understanding, isn't that the point?

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Border Challenges: Responding to the Global Migration Crisis

Border Challenges: Responding to the Global Migration Crisis | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In this lesson we help students explore the global migration crisis, first through maps and photographs, then with a class reading and discussion, and next by way of research.
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The NY Times Learning Network looks at the global migration crisis.  

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A State-by-State Map of Where U.S. Immigrants Came From

A State-by-State Map of Where U.S. Immigrants Came From | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The new Pew interactive covers 1850 to 2013.
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Very interesting interactive map of where the majority of immigrants came from for each state, from 1850 to 2013.  

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Getting Syrian Refugee Girls the Education They Deserve - TakePart

Getting Syrian Refugee Girls the Education They Deserve - TakePart | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
More than 2.8 million children from the war-torn country are out of school— for them, gender-specific struggles to learn often are more acute.
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Looking at a combination of gender rights, gender studies, and the refugee crisis, the article has a great outline of girls education in the Middle East.

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