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Social Education April 2008

Standing: Who Can Sue to Protect the Environment? Marisa A. Martin
Teaching Activity by James Landman Secondary Level     Law-Related

The Technology of Unequal Rights for Women: Patent Drawings of a Voting Machine Michael Hussey
The featured voting machines patents can inspire thoughtful classroom discussion on voting rights, voting privacy, and the accuracy of voting machines. Secondary Level     US History
Surfing the Net
What Websites Are on My Favorite List? C. Frederick Risinger
The author presents his favorite websites, focusing on those that are interesting, well designed, and useful to social studies educators. Secondary Level    

Visions of a Technological Past and Present

Steam Man and Airships: Technology of the Future in the Past Caroline C. Sheffield, Kenneth T. Carano, Michael J. Berson
The Frank Reade dime novels reveal the strict, xenophobic, social class system of the late nineteenth century, while offering insight into the influence of technology. Secondary Level     US History

Window Into the White House Stephanie van Hover, Marc J. Selverstone, Patrice Preston-Grimes
The digital resource highlighted in this article offers students a window into the policymaking and personalities of six presidents as they negotiate complex and challenging historical events. Secondary Level     US History

Using Digital Resources to Explore the Role of Children in the Framing of Social Issues Ilene R. Berson
Students will gain important insight and foster critical skills when they analyze how Secondary Level     Social Sciences Using the Web to Teach Historical Thinking Daisy Martin, Sam Wineburg, Roy Rosenzweig, Sharon Leon
The featured web-based resources focus on teaching students how to read historical Secondary Level     US History, World History

The Starving Time Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry Jeremy D. Stoddard, Mark J. Hofer, Molly G. Buchanan
Highlighting a wikinquiry on the Jamestown colony's 'starving time,' the authors demonstrate a wiki's power to promote student collaboration, enhance communication, and improve construction of knowledge. Secondary Level     US History

Sharpening Citizenship Skills through Electronic Discussion Catherine Snyder
A world history assignment, kicked off with a question on the French Revolution and furthered with a political cartoon, demonstrates the power of electronic discourse to enhance instruction and increase student participation. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Open Secrets: Using the Internet to Learn about the Influence of Money in Politics Scott K. Scheuerell
Students can learn a great deal about our political system by examining how politicians are financed. The highlighted website that tracks campaign contributions is a rich resource for teaching about the influence of money in our political system. Secondary Level     Economics

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