Social Education April 2006
We Have to Pick Sides: Students Wrestle with Counter Claims on Websites
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.
Tracking Current Events: Using the Internet to Explore Unfolding Stories
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.
Teaching with Documents
1906 Letter to the San Francisco Health Department
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.
Connecting Technology with Social Studies
Teaching and Learning with Online Historical Maps
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.
Using GIS to Answer the 'Whys' of 'Where' in Social Studies
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.
Citizenship through Online Communication
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.