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Social Education April 2005





Editor's Notebook

Teaching with Documents


Documents in the Digital Age

Lee Ann Potter
As more and more documents exist only in digital form, archivists and historians are faced with new challenges: preserving and providing access to computer-readable historical records.

Looking at the Law


Update on Death Penalty for Juveniles: Supreme Court Decides Roper v. Simmons

Charles F. Williams
The Supreme Court decision against the death penalty for juvenile offenders raises important questions on the nature of the Constitution and the relationship between the Supreme Court and lower courts.



Does the First Amendment Have a Future?

Sam Chaltain
Recent research has shown that our students’ knowledge of the First Amendment is severely deficient. Our schools can play a major role in turning this around by becoming more open to debate and the exchange of ideas.



Middle School, the Middle East and a War: Debunking Myths and Stereotypes

Marguerite W. Parks and Deborah A. Hilscher
A group of Wisconsin seventh grade students studying the Middle East reach beyond the headlines to form a connection and friendships with students at a nearby Muslim school.



Exploring 350 Years of Jewish American History on the Internet

Michael J. Berson and Bárbara C. Cruz
For teachers who want to explore the rich history of Jewish involvement in the country’s social fabric, development, and politics, this article provides significant online and print resources.



Women, WebQuests and Controversial Issues in the Social Studies

Margaret Smith Crocco and Judith Cramer
Using technology to teach controversial issues can motivate students and advance instruction. Here, the authors explore the benefits and constraints of WebQuests for studying gender issues in a global context.

Surfing the Net


Social Studies, Interdisciplinary Teaching, and Technology

C. Frederick Risinger
The author provides a list of innovative projects that bridge the gap between traditional K-12 subject areas and are likely to stimulate student interest and involvement.



Using Technology to Teach Historical Understanding

Robert P. Stephens, Jane L. Lehr, Daniel B. Thorp, E. Thomas Ewing, and David Hicks
Doing history in the digital world helps students deepen their historical analysis skills.



Twenty Years of Technology: A Retrospective View of Social Education's Technology Themed Issues

Cheryl Mason Bolick, Meghan M. McGlinn, and Kari Lee Siko
More than 20 years ago, Social Education offered readers its first technology-themed issue. After a detailed retrospective, the authors offer suggestions for the future.



Considering the Move to Online Discussions

Bruce E. Larson
Teachers can use electronic boards as well as classroom discussion to help students consider opposing opinions, understand alternative viewpoints, and identify commonalities.



The Persistent Issues in History Network: Using Technology to Support Historical Inquiry and Civic Reasoning

John W. Saye and Thomas Brush
The authors provide a support structure to assist teachers and students with the problem-based study of major U.S. historical developments.