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The Emerging Geography of Inequality | Newgeography.com

The Emerging Geography of Inequality | Newgeography.com | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Fascinating look at the combination of economics and geography in the US. 

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War in Syria: Interactive Map Outlines Major Battle Zones

War in Syria: Interactive Map Outlines Major Battle Zones | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This interactive map explores the years-long war that has entangled Syria and is now on the international stage.
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Fascinating interactive map showing conflict zones in Syria.  

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Haya Ahmad's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:58 PM

This interactive map helps students not only learn what's going on in the world, but where it's happening. There is a stereotype that American kids are notorious for not knowing where Iraq is on the map. This map not only shows a geographic location, but has important cities that are constantly in the news for a major event of the 21st century. I would use this when teaching about current events in the Middle East.

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First World War Collections | European Film Gateway

First World War Collections | European Film Gateway | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A Gateway to film heritage in Europe. Discover, experience, locate, use and share films, photos, posters, reviews, letters and other materials from European film archives and cinémathèques.,
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Film archives from 24 sources around Europe, offering a first-hand look at World War I.  

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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, August 28, 2013 9:47 PM

Potentially a good source to look at...

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6 Powerful Psychological Effects that Explain how Our Brains Tick ...

6 Powerful Psychological Effects that Explain how Our Brains Tick ... | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
How do some psychological effects affect our way of behaviour? Here are some of the most powerful psychological effects to look out for today:
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Interesting overview of powerful psychological effects. 

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London's railway project digs up centuries of history - Boston Globe

London's railway project digs up centuries of history - Boston Globe | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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London's railway project digs up centuries of history
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More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line under the British capital is bringing centuries of that buried history to light.
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What lies beneath London?  You might be surprised!

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The World Religions Tree

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Dynamic infographic on world religions (don't be intimidated by the page being in Russian... The graphic is not).


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Just...WOW.  This infographic works to show connections between world religions over time.  

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Abby Laybourn's curator insight, December 10, 2014 1:25 PM

Although this was kind of hard to read it was interesting to see how different religions are related and where they stem from. 

Marita Viitanen's curator insight, January 31, 2015 6:48 PM

Tämä puu jotakuinkin hämmentää...

Emma Conde's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:16 PM

Unit 1 Geography: Its nature and perspectives

Although the article relating to this diagram is in Russian, the diagram is not, and I found it to be a very interesting visual to not only show world religions developing on a time scale, but also because it does a very good job of showing just how many little divisions of each religion they are, and how they are all intertwined. Zooming in on the diagram, you are able to see each divide, each new branch, and each date for hundreds of sets of information.

 

This illustrates the theme of identification of major world religions because it simply shows the mass amounts of tiny divisions that occur in the major world religions in a simple format. This is very helpful because this would be pages of writing if you tried to write it all out. 

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America's First Multi-Millionaire, 250 Years Later - History

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History America's First Multi-Millionaire, 250 Years Later History Born in the town of Walldorf in what is now southwestern Germany on July 17, 1783, John Jacob Astor rose from humble beginnings to build one of America's first fortunes, thanks to a...
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Interesting glance at the life and business acumen of John Jacob Astor.

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T-Shirt Travels

When filmmaker Shantha Bloemen was stationed in a remote village in Zambia as a worker with an international aid organization, she had to adjust to living in a different culture. But one thing struck her as oddly familiar: almost everyone in the village wore secondhand clothing from the West. Bloemen began to imagine stories about the people who used to wear the clothing, wondering if the original owners had any idea that the castoffs they had given to charities ended up being sold to Africans half a world away.


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It's fascinating to look at the effects of globalization, and a great look at how economies change.  When people in the Western world drop a bag of clothes off at a charity, I doubt we think they'd end up in a village in Africa. Warning:  it does get a little preachy at the end. 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:52 AM

I saw old coats in parts of India , .

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:44 PM

Is direct aid a good thing or not? How does secondhand clothing impact local economies?

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:57 PM

Westernization is a popular theme thats happening in the East. Even though people don't know it, the clothes they give away may be some that are taken to places like Africa. Hand-me-downs are popular in the U.S. but even more so in Africa. The t-shirt you give away to someone might end up across the world. Who knows.

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Founders Online: Home

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Founders Online: Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States (George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison)
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The National Archives offers access to over 119,000 searchable documents of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington, John Adams and James Madison.  

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On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 billion by 2050

On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 billion by 2050 | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The United Nations predicts the human population will hit 9.6 billion by 2050. How do demographers devise that figure?
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What would a world of 9.6 billion look like?

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Stunning map charts every river in U.S.

Stunning map charts every river in U.S. | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.

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Seriously, I could stare at this map all day.  It is REALLY cool.  I'm thinking of all kinds of discussion it could bring to the classroom!

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Mary Patrick Schoettinger's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:57 AM

In addition, using the theory of gravity , this map would make an interesting study in identifying the sources and tributaries of the major rivers. Just where are the highlands of America?

John Blunnie's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:11 AM

Seeing this map really shows why almost all places in the U.S. have been inhabited before the industrial era.

Louis Culotta's comment, July 15, 2013 9:52 AM
this is a very cool way to get a good look at our nations river systems and how to best use them for productive and environmental safety of them.
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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Looking for GIS integration into history classes?  Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.  

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Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 2014 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 28, 2014 1:13 PM

unit 1

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:14 PM

Just another of the millions of uses for GIS...

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Digital Toolbox - LiveBinder

Web 2.0 tools for the classroom
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Just an amazing curation of Web2.0 tools.

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Current Events in Syria (spring/summer 2013) - WI Social Studies

Current Events in Syria (spring/summer 2013) - WI Social Studies | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Social Studies Consultant updates this site with current information regarding professional development opportunities and other information regarding building a statewide social studies professional...
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Resources on current events in Syria from reliable (not necessarily unbiased) resources.  This could be a great opportunity to have students read stories from different newspapers (the NY Times vs. the Washington Times?) to see how bias in news reporting can totally change the story.  

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See America's Great Cities in an Interactive Map Extravaganza

See America's Great Cities in an Interactive Map Extravaganza | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Use a spyglass to see what New York, San Francisco, Washington and other cities looked like in the 19th century
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I could poke around the Washington DC interactive map for ages!  Fascinating look at how places have changed over time, via maps.  

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Mapping

National Geographic Education Programs' Mapping Landing Page. Find our interactive map, outline maps, satellite imagery, and information on how to interact with and create your own maps.
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National Geographic not only has printable one-page maps free for classroom use, but many featured maps such as colonial trade and Native American cultures.  Awesome resource!

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Choosing a new Chairman- The Economist

Choosing a new Chairman- The Economist | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Summers v Yellen
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HOW to choose someone for the most powerful economic job in the world? With name-calling and innuendo, it seems.
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Who will Obama choose to replace Bernanke this fall?

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Contents - Primary Sources: Native Americans - American Indians - LibGuides at Christopher Newport University

Contents - Primary Sources: Native Americans - American Indians - LibGuides at Christopher Newport University | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Indigenous Peoples of the 48 contiguous states of America guide contents (Primary Sources: Native Americans - American Indians on LibGuides.
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An enormous collection of primary sources regarding American Indians in the United States.  

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National civics, history tests to disappear - Human Events

National civics, history tests to disappear - Human Events | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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National civics, history tests to disappear
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The National Assessment of Educational Progress exams in civics, U.S. history, and geography have been indefinitely postponed for fourth and twelfth graders.
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The loss of Social Studies NAEP testing except occasionally in 8th grade is potentially devastating for social studies.  

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Civics Education conference panel: "What's at stake? Why civics matters to me, and to you"

On Monday, April 1, Harvard Law School and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools presented an all-day conference titled "Civics Education: Why it Mat...

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A powerhouse panel looks at civics education.

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Labor History: Hardball and Handshakes | Baseball Hall of Fame

Labor History: Hardball and Handshakes | Baseball Hall of Fame | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum - Hardball and Handshakes documents the history of organized labor in the country's favorite pasttime.  

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The Marines’ Hymn

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Today marks the 215th anniversary of the Marine Corps’ re-chartering by Congress, which made the Corps a permanent part of the US military.
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I never knew the history of the Marine's hymn - very interesting!

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CIRCLE » Civic Learning through Action: An Example of Action Civics

In “Civic Learning through Action: The Case of Generation Citizen,” CIRCLE staff describe Generation Citizen's theory of change and preliminary evidence from its program evaluations. We use Generation Citizen (GC) as an ...
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An example of "action civics" similar to Project Citizen in terms of getting students involved.

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2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book Home Page

2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book Home Page | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The Wisconsin Blue Book is published biennially in odd-numbered years and contains information on all aspects of Wisconsin state government.  An extremely valuable resource for government teachers!

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HipHughes History on YouTube

HipHughes History on YouTube | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The most important events in U.S. and World History explained by HipHughes, a winner of the YouTube EDU Next Guru Award & resident professor of cool at PoliP...
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Extremely popular video series on YouTube - Social Studies Teacher Keith Hughes shares history and government informational videos in a fun way.  

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