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Inquiring Minds: Gathering and Evaluating Sources with the Smithsonian

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
The C3 Framework emphasizes helping students develop a capacity for gathering and evaluating sources and then using evidence in disciplinary ways. Learn how the Smithsonian Learning Lab can guide you.

Create, Explore, Connect: Teaching Digital Stories on Immigration

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
9:20am to 9:50am
Learn how to easily launch a student-centered digital story project on immigration and explore how immigration narratives facilitate critical thinking and engagement while building community with students and families.

Got Game? Using Modern Board Games for Engagement

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Modern games are becoming more and more prevalent. These games may be utilized as a way-in to the curriculum, igniting and sustaining engagement and the desire to learn.

Using Primary Source Materials: Best Practices from National Research Fellows

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm
Primary sources can play a key role in student research. Explore important considerations such as source selection, point of use, analysis strategies, and evidence of use in final products.

Snap Judgment: Using Student Opinion to Activate Inquiry in Civics

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
That's not fair! Students love to negotiate in their own lives. Turn students' strong sense of personal fairness into deeper understandings of compelling questions in civics.

Active, Dependable, Differentiated Strategies for all Social Studies Learners

Sunday, December 4, 2016 -
8:00am to 10:00am
Participate in active simulations, create differentiated assessments and play original summarizing games. Come learn and have fun!! Aristotle said What we learn to do, we learn by doing.

Fostering Citizenship: Engaging Students in a Town Meeting Project

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:15am to 10:15am
Promote civic engagement while guiding students through a collaborative writing-based project. This interactive session breaks down the 21st-century-skill-rich town meeting project and helps teachers implement it in their classrooms.

Out of Washington's Shadow: Teaching with the Voices of Enslaved Early Americans

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
8:45am to 9:45am
Enslaved people lived alongside the Founders, yet these individuals' stories are rarely told. Enrich teaching of early America with enslaved voices, using student-friendly text, primary sources, and classroom activities.

Connecting Past to Present with Digital Media

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Join PBS to explore how to use resources from Civil War drama Mercy Street and companion webseries Time Capsule to engage students with present-day issues and foster civic awareness.

Explore History and the World with Google Cardboard

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
3D Virtual-Reality with Google Cardboard gives your social studies students a new and powerful perspective. Be part of the conversation and leave with exciting VR ideas, strategies, and tools.

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