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There's an App for That! Google in the Social Studies Classroom

Engage your students through the use of Google Classroom and Apps! Join us in an interactive session through computer, tablet, or phone! Handouts available (electronic or paper).

The Ultimate Primary Source: Engage Students with Historic Places

Discover how historic places spark inquiry learning and investigations in social studies with education specialists from George Washington's Mount Vernon and the National Park Service.

The Dilemma of the Divided City: Decision Making and Historical Empathy

The conceptualized belief of decision-making on historical events often does not conform to students' beliefs. This presentation discusses the differing opinions and rationales associated with historical events and outcomes.

Should Nations Commemorate, Denigrate, or Venerate Conflicts? Let Students Decide

Aguinaldo. Geronimo. Nat Turner. Brigham Young. Freedom fighter, terrorist, or something in between? Learn how students investigated violent conflicts across US History and decided how to represent them.

Rethinking Research: Implementing an Inquiry-Based Process Using Brain-Friendly Strategies

Make a plan to redesign research that engages students in meaningful inquiry and gives them ownership of the process. Learn how to reenvision research with strategies that work.

Outcasts ... Oppressed ... Outlaws: Mix & Match Power, Liberty, & Justice

Ida Wells. Bayard Rustin. General Forrest. Learn about historical figures taking a principled stance, sometimes contrary to democratic ideals, and students deliberating how far to go to enact one's principles.

Make the 1:1 Social Studies Classroom Come Alive!

Has your school gone 1:1? Are you struggling to implement new technology effectively? Learn how past techniques combined with new devices can get students excited about classroom material.

Entering the Barracuda Barrel: Learning History through Marketing to the Past

In this award-winning project, middle school students learn about the past by creating advertisements of current products for consumers in a different historical time period.

Collaborations in Critical Literacy: Primary Sources for Elementary Classrooms

Faculty members and preservice candidates from two universities, an education specialist from the National Archives, and teachers from two elementary schools share collaborative efforts to build inquiry learning from P-4.

Assessing Claim and Evidence through Informal Writing

Claim and evidence are necessary for assessing knowledge and skills in social studies. While most teachers rely on formal writing, learn how to assess these skills through informal writing.

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