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Start of the Year Videos

"A great Florida teacher produced this video.  Visit his course website for additional incredible resources."


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This is an excellent collection of videos to frame the study of geography.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 2014 2:16 PM

This just one of my favorite "start of the year" videos.  I've compiled them here so they can be used to at the beginning of the school year to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy.  They show why taking geography courses is so important, useful and interesting.  Do you know of a great video that I should put on the list?  Send me a tweet.

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 17, 2014 3:44 PM

APHG-Intro

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Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history - New York Daily News

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WASHINGTON — Monday is the day to celebrate the American worker and his sacrifices and economic and social achievements.
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Rewriting History: Architects of the Financial Crisis Recast as Saviors by Corporate Media

“The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal.
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What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago?

What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago? | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it

"From the scrunchies and jean jackets that dominated the 1980s to the plaid shirts and heavy boots that defined 1990s grunge, everyone has their favorite teenage fashion trend. But what would we have worn if we were flower children of the 1970s or flappers of the 1920s? Ohio State University student Annalisa Hartlaub was able to paint a picture by depicting each decade's quintessential mainstream and counterculture looks. Using herself as a model and tinting each picture to realistically reflect the technology of the decade, Hartlaub's "Counter // Culture" photo project catalogs nearly 100 years of fashion history from 1920 through today."


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Here is a great photo study to use when teaching counterculture. Students often have difficulty seeing persons in other eras as anything but "foreign". This photo study may also help students convey a sense of familiarity across time and social groups.

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Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
TEST This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation by TeachThought Staff This is part one in our four-part “This is our classroom” series, one that will help you and your students take a look at your classroom as a “whole...

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I wish I found this when i was still in the classroom. Value thinking and learning in their glorious uncertainty and complexity.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 21, 2014 5:22 PM

This is a piece I'll probably post on my wall...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 21, 2014 6:26 PM

There are some good points. I would take some a step further. For example, it is not just about minimizing the separation between what we learn and how we live. There is no separation between those two things as is there is no separation between teaching, learning, and living.

 

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Tour the States

Full album & lyrics: http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com/brain-beats Music by Renald Francoeur Drawing by Craighton Berman "Tour the States" is track #1 from...

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The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do

The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
The star-spangled war confirmed independence for the United States. But for Great Britain, it was a betrayal

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 9, 9:26 AM

Seth Dixon - the teacher that sent this article at the first place - assess a very sound comment about the use of maps as tools of comprehenssion of the real world. I love maps, but can t avoid to be worried about what he is saying, so I recommend a thougthful reading of his statements.

(Seth Dixon - el profesor que envió este artículo en primer lugar - hace un profundo comentario acerca del empleo de mapas como herramietas de comprensión del mundo real. Yo amo los mapas, pero no puedo evitar preocuparme por lo que (Dixon) señala, así que recomiendo una reflexiva lectura de sus planteamientos.)  

David Lizotte's curator insight, March 11, 4:44 PM

This was an excellent portrayal of the middle east. The using of maps accompanied by side paragraphs explains the long history which is necessary to know if one is to understand its current status. When learning about different realms and regions (that existed throughout history) I always find it on a map. In order to truly understand a certain empire, one must know its geographical setting and its significance. It helps me better understand the region. These maps, specifically the ones that are changing through the domains reign, are extremely helpful in better comprehending the misunderstood middle eastern region. This website also creates more thought. If a particular map captivates the reader they can do more research on the topic. However, the "slides" do stand alone portraying much knowledge to a wide variety of specific elements that are still ongoing. The grouping of the slides by region/conflict/country was also an excellent strategy. It shows organization which in turn develops an easier learning process. 

The initial map educates many people of how what is modern day Iraq used to be an Oasis. However, over time, due to over farming and soil erosion the landscape changed to dry/desert territory. 

The maps displaying the rise of Islam and its transitioning into the Ottoman Empire give a great perspective as to the amount of land it covered. The Islamic world thrived and was very advanced in there culture in regards to medicine and arithmetic. The shear size of the empires should increase ones respect of the Islamic theatre. What many people are not aware of is how the Ottoman Empire was knocking on the door of the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. This was quite an advancement of territory crossing through much of eastern Europe ending as far west as Vienna. A lot of what is Eastern Europe today was part of the Ottoman Empire, including Greece. 

Another excellent map that contributes to the better understanding of western involvement can be seen in the carving up of the Ottoman Empire post WWI. Colonialism was very much present throughout less developed regions so the carving up of the middle east was not an exotic concept to the victorious west. Territories/countries were created and ethnic groups dominated one another. Its certainly true a western presence has contributed to prior and existing issues throughout the middle East.

 

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 15, 8:47 PM

It is interesting to see the same trends over and over again.  These maps are a great tool to show the history of the area, as well as the history of religion and political views.  I appreciate the information provided since the Middle East has undergone the most transitions (going all the way back to Mesopotamia) and its history can be confusing. 

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All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography

All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards.

 

This is a set of 10 activities that all use New York Times resources are all connected to the National Geography Standards and applicable to any social studies classroom.  It's great to see geography getting this publicity in the NY Times, but it's fantastic to have these easy-to-use ideas for the classroom that are rich in content.  

 

Tags: K12, Geography Education.


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Go Social Studies Go!

Go Social Studies Go! | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it

"I’ve been teaching social studies (grades 6-12) for the past nine years. During that time I have spent countless hours during my weekends, holidays, and evenings scouring the net looking for material that was relevant and engaging. Time and again I ran into the  Three Bears syndrome where I found a ton of material that catered to elementary kids and college scholars but there was a big hole where middle and high school should have been. So, I've set out to write my own e-resource that incorporates the best of the world wide web."


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The site offers an engaging approach for students with a  mix of student-friendly writing and embedded video. A certain irreverence is built into the writing and I have not found any reviews of the content accuracy, but the site is worth a look for engaging material.

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What future can social studies education have under the Common Core?

What future can social studies education have under the Common Core? | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it

Will history and civic education classes be replaced with longer English classes in low-performing schools in order to improve test scores?


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An interesting commentary. Many see a solid tie to literacy as a way of ensuring social studies relevance in a Common Core world, but others fear social studies will be subsumed under a enlarged English Language Arts focus.

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Republicans Hate the New AP History Exam | VICE United States

Republicans Hate the New AP History Exam | VICE United States | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
The new AP US History exam stresses "historical themes" at the expense of the "founding fathers." Conservatives are pissed.
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Free digital textbooks available through the Georgia Department of Education - Valdosta Daily Times

Free digital textbooks available through the Georgia Department of Education - Valdosta Daily Times | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
Free digital textbooks available through the Georgia Department of Education Valdosta Daily Times They cover an array of content areas in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, CTAE Electives, and several World Languages (Spanish, German,...
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What I have previewed looks promising.

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The New History Wars - New York Times

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WASHINGTON — WITH the news dominated by stories of Americans dying at home and abroad, it might seem trivial to debate how history is taught in our schools.
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News report from 1981 about the Internet

A news report from 1981 about the Internet and receiving an entire newspaper through the phone line.

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It appears that this thing called the "Internet" held all kinds of promise when I graduated high school. Simply dialing your rotary phone connected you to at least 6 newspapers in America where you could download text of their stories...in just 2 hours! Imagine the possibilities!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 16, 2014 3:48 PM

Sometimes to appreciate the technology we have, we need to take a step back and see what the past thought about their future.  Educational technologies have come a long way baby!

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Did You Know 3.0

The New 2012 HD version on the progression of information technology researched by Karl Fisch, and modified by me! Globalization & The Information Age.

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It has been interesting to watch the "Did You Know" videos updated over the years. The first was profound for me as a teacher and I continued to use the updated versions for years.

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steve smith's curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:30 AM

Great for beginning the development topic

Mrs. B's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:19 AM

If you haven't seen this classic, don't wait one more minute! Creates a paradigm shift!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 7:55 PM

Did you Know? Shift Happens, and it is happening at an exponential rate. Half of this 2012 version maybe obsolete. Time, and technology, does not stand still.

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Stunning D-Day Maps From TIME Magazine

Stunning D-Day Maps From TIME Magazine | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
World War II-era maps conjure a period in history when titanic forces were on the move, or were stuck in brutal stalemate, all over the globe.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 28, 2014 5:44 PM

I was drawn to history and geography as a boy from war maps much like these.  I loved seeing patterns and a snapshot of historical events. 

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An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate

An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it

"For at least a decade, immigration has been in the headlines  and have shaped the way students and their families think about immigration. They have opinions; many have first-person experience. That range of opinion and experience makes teaching about current immigration policy a daunting task, one that some teachers choose to avoid.  Everyone—across the political spectrum—agrees that our current immigration system is broken. Although it’s by no means certain that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, the issues are too important not to discuss in class. And, the issues are perennial. We face many of the same questions policymakers have faced since the 1790s."


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Start of the Year Videos

"A great Florida teacher produced this video.  Visit his course website for additional incredible resources."


Via Seth Dixon
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This is an excellent collection of videos to frame the study of geography.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 2014 2:16 PM

This just one of my favorite "start of the year" videos.  I've compiled them here so they can be used to at the beginning of the school year to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy.  They show why taking geography courses is so important, useful and interesting.  Do you know of a great video that I should put on the list?  Send me a tweet.

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 17, 2014 3:44 PM

APHG-Intro

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course intro

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Back to School App-pack

The History 2.0 Classroom: Back to School App-pack | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it

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Excellent suggestions for quality apps. I appreciate the author's  emphasis on the desired skill or instructional goals in selecting apps.

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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 19, 2014 3:25 PM

While some internet map compilations aren't that informative, Vox puts together some quality sources in a way that add perspective and insight to any given topic.  This collection on the Roman Empire gives today's students maps with perspective to see the size of the Roman Empire as well as maps to show the cultural and historic context. 

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Resources for Teaching Social Studies

Resources for Teaching Social Studies | Social Studies Resources | Scoop.it
Top free resources for teaching and learning Social Studies  The Library of Congress  - resources in "for teachers" page include ready-to-use materials that brings the Library's primary sources ali...

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No list is definitive, but this list offers several great places to visit.

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Jessica Marie's curator insight, September 8, 2013 10:16 PM

Will need to look through this later.