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British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg - Telegraph

British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg - Telegraph | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.
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Political Leanings of Congress over the Years

Political Leanings of Congress over the Years | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Infographic showing the ideological makeup of Congress since the beginnings of our government.  


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List of Historic Anniversaries

Ever wonder what happened on today's date?  Here's info on significant anniversaries in British history - you can choose the month and year and find out what happened in the past.  

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English Historical Documents - Documents in English History

English Historical Documents - Documents in English History | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A collection of historical documents and resources of key moments in English history.
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A Guide to the Spanish-American War (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress)

A Guide to the Spanish-American War (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress) | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

A Guide to the Spanish-American War from the Library of Congress.

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NewsHour Extra: Lesson Plan | Understanding and Hosting a Post-Presidential Debate | PBS

NewsHour Extra: Lesson Plan | Understanding and Hosting a Post-Presidential Debate | PBS | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The objectives of this lesson are analysis of campaign issues, and introduction (with practice) of formal debate procedures and elements of logi

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Wisconsin Day Resources (Sept 21) - WI Social Studies

Wisconsin Day Resources (Sept 21) - WI Social Studies | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Wisconsin Day falls on September 21 every year.  Need resources?  We have 'em!

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My Voice My Election « National Student Mock Election

My Voice My Election « National Student Mock Election | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Engaging young people and encouraging their aspirations is key to a vital and vibrant society. And now, more than ever, listening to students is important because there are so many ways for young people to express their views, in real time and via multiple media. That’s why in 2012, the Pearson Foundation is combining two great initiatives to involve students: My Voice and the National Student Mock Election. All U.S. students, parents and teachers – in both school and home classrooms – are invited to join.

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Have UK archaeologists found Richard III's skeleton?

Have UK archaeologists found Richard III's skeleton? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Archaeologists searching for the body of England's King Richard III under a city centre parking lot said on Wednesday they had found remains which could be those of Richard III, one of the only British monarchs whose remains have never been located.  

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100 People: A World Portrait

100 People: A World Portrait | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Interactive site detailing global issues, with statistics, videos and photos available.  

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The global debt clock

The global debt clock | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Interactive map showing the debt load of different countries.  

 


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, September 6, 2012 3:06 PM
Remember when we used to talk about the 3rd-world debt being a problem? (Back when the term 3rd world was actually not politically incorrect...) Well, this map clearly shows, debt is a 1st-world problem now...

Awesome map Seth! Thanks for sharing.
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Rand McNally: Free online 'Play the Election' teaches students & teachers about election process

Rand McNally: Free online 'Play the Election' teaches students & teachers about election process | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This free resource includes interactive electoral map, digital mini-games, standards-aligned lesson plans and more ...
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Why should I be interested in Geography?

A video made by David Lambert et al showing why Geography is a key subject and the importance of understanding it in the context of our modern world.

 

This is a creative video that promotes geo-literacy.  It is an excellent way to kick off a new school year if you are looking for a 'hook' to demonstrate the importance of geography to students today.  Other materials of this nature can be found on this website under the tag 'geo-inspiration' which is accessible here: http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?tag=geo-inspiration

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Lydia Blevins's comment, September 2, 2012 12:33 PM
I didn't realize how important geography is. It seems very fascinating to learn about geography and how it has so much to do with the future and how our world keeps changing. I can't wait to learn about it in class.
Haley Wayland's comment, September 3, 2012 12:24 AM
This video really gave me a better idea of what this class will teach me and give me more knowledge about. I never really understood the definition of geography and why it was so important. It really seems like an interesting class and I'm very interested.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 4:11 PM
This really shows the importance of geography and how much we have not payed attention to how much has changed
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The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week.

 

While the damage wasn't as bad as many feared it could have been, place and spatial context are especially important in assessing the impacts of a natural disaster.  This is a excellent collection of the many devastating images as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  To see some more local images, Rhode Island Department of Transportation put this collection together.   


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, November 6, 2012 10:18 PM
I am speechless, these images have just torn my heart. Here in Providence, Rhode Island listened to multiple people say "oh this storm was nothing" they apparently need to view these photos, to understand Sandy was a monster of a storm. Mother nature is powerful and she can do just about anything. I am so mind boggled by the images, roads completely torn apart I never knew this could happen from a hurricane. It really made me appreciate how safe I was but now seeing these images really makes me want to get out there and tell more people to look at what happened in NJ,CT,NYC, and other places around the coast. My next step now is to get a donation bin started to send over to those states in major need. This is sure another natural disaster to go down in history.
Jordan Zemanek's comment, October 3, 2013 11:11 PM
Just with the information given, I can see how much damage the storm actually caused. Flooding and high winds obviously don't go together well. Although some communities weren't hit as bad as previously anticipated, some areas were largely damaged and the money needed to rebuild will be tremendous.
Alaina Rahn's comment, October 4, 2013 10:14 AM
I think it is very sad. I didn't know it was that bad. Now that I see those pictures it makes me feel very bad for those people.
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Ghosts of War

Ghosts of War | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.

 

In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken.  This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).   

 

Tags: Europe, war, images, historial, place. 


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Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:26 AM

I'm not even sure what to say about this set of pictures exactly, except that they're a very cool way to see history. I'm interesting in Social Studies and history because I'm captivated by seeing the world framed in a story, and these images do just that. To see the same places where the war was fought and what has changed is great, but these photos also give the impression of some stories of war. The idea of them being "ghosts" gives the impression of something left behind which marks the land even to this day.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:56 PM

Very interesting, I've seen similar things done with Russian cities and parts of the Ukaranian country side.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 2:47 PM

This Dutch historian does a great job at interweaving places that were ridden by the second world war to its modern reconstruct. As a child, I use to question a lot what a place looked like prior to it being destroyed. In the context of Europe a continent, ridden by war, the historian not only does a great job at depicting past and present, her photographs also show how the country's government went to great lengths to preserve some of its land's historic sites.

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2012 Presidential Election Interactive Map and History of the Electoral College

2012 Presidential Election Interactive Map and History of the Electoral College | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Interactive map for the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Use it to predict which candidate will reach the necessary 270 electoral votes. The road map to 270 lets you see all remaining combinations.
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Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A look at how the states stack up in the current FiveThirtyEight forecast and how they have shifted over past elections.
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Geography for a Flat World | District Administration Magazine

Geography for a Flat World | District Administration Magazine | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Geography isn’t what it used to be. Nowadays, that subject is often buried—and therefore inadequately covered—in a social studies curriculum itself under siege because of the extended commitment in schools to reading and math.

 

But geographical knowledge also isn’t what it used to be.

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Webinars: Global Learning for Educators

Webinars: Global Learning for Educators | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Take part in Asia Society's free year-long webinar series, Global Learning for Educators.
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Flackcheck.org

FlackCheck.org uses parody and humor to debunk false political advertising, poke fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns.
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In Remembrance: Teaching September 11

In Remembrance: Teaching September 11 | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The the United States, 9/11 is memorialized in our landscapes and is etched in our collective consciousness.  This coming Tuesday is the anniversary and Teaching History has put together a host of teaching materials about the importance and impact of the terrorist attacks of Septemper 11th, 2001 on the U.S. and the world.

 


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Aaron Feliciano's comment, September 12, 2012 5:47 PM
9/11 will always be remembered in the eyes of americans and they will never forget what they were doing that day. i know i will not
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Resources for the 2012 federal elections - WI Social Studies

Resources for the 2012 federal elections - WI Social Studies | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Looking for resources for the classroom on the 2012 elections?

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Arms Trade

Arms Trade | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This interactive requires WebGL (viewable in Chrome).  Even more compelling than the data is the visualization platform. 


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