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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75

Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75 | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The end of World War II was undoubtedly a massively important global event with many repercussions. Yet today the event is only memorialized in the smallest and arguably the most provincial state.  This article nicely summarizes some for historical factors behind the holiday remaining in Rhode Island, where it has fallen by the wayside everywhere else. 

 

Question to ponder: Will this still be a holiday in 2030?

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Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others

Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This top 10 list is an insight look at the differences in media coverage and popular perception of terrorism based of the cultural background of the terrorist. From a blog typically focused on the MiddleEast, history and religion, you can imagine why the somewhat perplexed at how the terrorist attack on the a Sikh temple is being presented in the media and how Americans conceptualize this type of attack. Just to share one in the top ten: "White terrorists are [portrayed as] 'troubled loners.' Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners."  

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Violent knights feared posttraumatic stress

Violent knights feared posttraumatic stress | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Knights in the Middle Ages were not the brutal and merciless killing machines depicted on film. New research draws a different picture of the medieval military elite.
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Teti Konstantinidou's comment, August 21, 2012 8:12 AM
Apparently cinema has got nothing to do with historical reality.
Leonardo Martins's comment, August 21, 2012 1:31 PM
... "or the writers give in to the appeal of lucrative fictional, or they have no real historical interest!"
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London, the Olympics and Geography

London, the Olympics and Geography | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The Geographical Association has produced numerous resources specifically for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in London.  The Olympics as an event work as an important teaching moment that operates on numerous scales.  What local developmental projects reshaped the urban fabric of London in preparation for these Games?  Do international events such as the Olympics foster a global community?  Is this idea of a global community perfectly harmonious?    

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Best of History Web Sites

Best of History Web Sites | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites and activities.

 

"Designed for history educators and students, this useful portal provides access to more than 700 of the best history resources online. Sites are organized into 10 categories—Prehistory, Ancient/Biblical, Medieval, U.S History, Early Modern European, 20th Century, World War II, Art History, General Resources, and Maps. Many of the five-star Pre-history, Ancient, and Medieval sites are hosted by Smithsonian Institution, PBS, and the Internet History Sourcebooks; and the Library of Congress is the creator of a wide-range of top-rated sites for U.S. history. The 20th-century and World War II sections are voluminous, the latter presenting 42 sites. There are three special categories: Lesson Plans/Activities, Multimedia, and Research. "Multimedia" includes 18 map sites, including the Rumsey collection with more than 8,000 maps. Instructors will find the section on "Teaching with Technology" especially informative. It offers articles and advice about integrating computers into lessons and links to dozens of useful resources on teaching with technology. Visitors can sign up to receive monthly email updates." --review from http://teachinghistory.org

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Educational video honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

Educational video honoring Dr.Martin Luther King...

 

Always a timely message, powerfully conveyed by a diverse set of voices. 

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Women and children aren’t saved first

Women and children aren’t saved first | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
It’s a myth that seamen give women and children priority when ships are sinking. Women have much less chance of surviving and children are even worse off.

So much for my Titanic notions. 

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"Obamacare" Supreme Court Decision

This is a huge document...but portions could be used in a government or just about any social studies classroom. 

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A history teacher's brilliant idea

A history teacher's brilliant idea | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
William Bennett writes that Josh Hoekstra got his students excited about U.S.

 

American students worse subject is currently history, which many fail to see be relevant to their lives.  One teacher thought, 'what about debates, tournaments?'  His class hasn't been the same since.  

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Historypin

This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   

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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 4:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 3:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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Mapping History

Mapping History | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments and dynamics.  The material is copyrighted, but is open and available to academic users.   

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10 best hashtags for social studies teachers

10 best hashtags for social studies teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Twitter. It’s a good thing. I know many of you are already big social media fans. But for those who are still just a bit unsure about the whole Twitter / Facebook / Plurk thing, this is for y...

 

This is a great way to help your online social media interactions strengthen you Personal Learning Network (PLN). 

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Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Information about the endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus and what you can do to save it.

 

So many of our student passively accept what they read on the internet as truth, especially if the website looks professional.  Since we are trying to help foster critical-thinking skills, we can present this website as though it were factual and encourage our students to analyze, critique and evaluate the 'information' presented.  Personally, I wish I lived in a world where the Tree Octopus was safe to freely climb in the old-growth forests.    

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The 9/11 Dilemma: Freedom vs. Security

KH: How has America changed since the attacks of September 11, 2001? We are still struggling to find a balance between saftey and civil liberties. The Patriot Act, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, interrorgation techniques have all become parts of our lives.

The article asks the questions...

• Can the government listen to our phone conversations and read our  e-mails without warrants?

• Should suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo prison in Cuba have the right to challenge their detention in court?

• How much power does the president have to search for and punish those accused of having terrorist ties?

• Are harsh interrogation techniques ever justified? And at what point do they become torture?

 

Do you remember a time when you could board a plane with friends or family seeing you off from the gate? Do you remember bringing liquids though security? The youth of this country do not.  For more resources on September 11th, see: http://www.scoop.it/t/national-september-11-memorial-the-world


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One Race, Every Medalist Ever

One Race, Every Medalist Ever | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Usain Bolt’s 9.63 set an Olympic record in the 100. So how far ahead of every Olympic medalist is he?

 

The race was spectacular, but how fast were these medalists compared to other Olympians from different eras?  Literally, Yohan Blake, Justin Gaitlin and Tyson Gay would have all beat every Olympian ever expect Usain Bolt.  Humanity is constantly pushing the physical limits of human physicality with technology.  What are the limits of this historical trend?  

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World History Blog

World History Blog | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Blog of Dr. Miland Brown that features different aspects of world history. Not everything can be covered but sites dealing with any historical issue or topic are possible future posts. Also includes sites which discuss teaching history. Dr. Brown is an academic in North America."

 

Looking for an interesting and eclectic blog for history teachers?  Give this one a look. 

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14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever

14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever...

 

Action in Washington D.C. has come to a grinding halt, and politics is increasingly partisan.  These statistical meansure show just how ineffective the political process has become in the United States.   

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Do you agree? In your opinion, how should we measure whether Congress is effective? What can the people do when they don't think their legislators are effective?

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100 Fun and somewhat amazing facts.....

100 Fun and somewhat amazing facts..... | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
fun and and amazing facts about the united states and its history...

 

This is a great list of trivial, but insightful tidbit about the United States of America.  Happy 4th of July! 

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National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2012 Photo Contest

National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2012 Photo Contest | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

 

Boston.com's "Big Picture" is regularly a great source of images that an be used in the classroom.  http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/

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What should you read this summer? Just ask this flowchart

What should you read this summer? Just ask this flowchart | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The website http://www.teach.com offers a handy flowchart that lets users shift through 101 titles and find one to match their interests.

 

Link in this article to the full image of the flowchart.  Pretty comprehensive of quality and entertaining reads (and yes, you can scroll on the image above to see the rest of it).

 


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The Common Core and your social studies classroom

The Common Core and your social studies classroom | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately talking with teachers and admin types about how the Common Core will impact Social Studies instruction. The conversation has included discussions about...

 

Over at http://www.socialstudiescentral.com/content/common-core-and-social-studies-classroom there are resources for teachers to know what the common core change will mean for you and your classroom. 

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Choropleth Map of U.S. Slavery (1860)

Choropleth Map of U.S. Slavery (1860) | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In honor of Juneteenth, and so that we may not forget our complicity in this evil institution: a map of slavery in the U.S. in 1860.

 

This is a great digital map showing the spatial distribution of slavery in the United States on the eve of the Civil War. 

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21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers

21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This is a great list of free mapping tools that require little cartographic background.  Tripline in particular would be a good way for students to create a project out of student trips.  Also, if you've never seen this blog before, it is a very useful one to have bookmarked.     

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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of the...

 

So many of these images represent powerful  images that make history personal and show the strands of history during pivotal moments of change. 

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