Joseph O Brien, Aaron Grill, Stacia Schwarz, and Jennifer Schlicht The fast-paced nature of the news world can make it difficult to understand the issues that underlie the headlines. The Tracker interent site enables students to learn about underlying issues as they follow and research current events.
Mark C. Baildon and James Damico Faced with opposing arguments on a historical topic, many students simply choose a side. Here, the authors demonstrate how they guided a group of eighth grade students to evaluate competing online claims about the war between the United States and Mexico.
Phillip J. VanFossen and Lisa C. Herman-Ellison Students tend to be more engaged while working on web-based lessons than worksheets or textbooks. Websites such as EconEdLink can help teachers advance economic education.
Bill Ferster, Tom Hammond, and Glen Bull Record numbers of teens are creating their own media online. Producing digital documentaries in the classrooom engages students by tapping into their internet interest while advancing their historical thinking skills.
Linda Bennett and Julie Fessenden Online activities, such as writing letters to political leaders or communicating with an expert on a community issue, offer students the opportunity to improve their writing skills while advancing civic engagement.
Marsha Alibrandi and Herschel M. Sarnoff Rather than simply reading passages from a text, students in one Los Angeles classroom used geographic information systems to study the resources available to the North and South in the Civil War.
Cheryl Mason Bolick For those who know where to look, the internet is a treasure trove of historical maps that allow students not only to examine an event or place but to analyze the story behind the maps creation.
Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson Properly managed blogs can serve as useful learning tools; however, teachers working with blogs in the classroom must provide guidelines for the safe and appropriate use of this medium.
Kristin Schmachtenberg The 1906 earthquake that shattered San Franciscon exposed the city and nation's lack of disaster preparedness. The featured document highlights the dismal state of rations provided to those left homeless.
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