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Social Education April 2009

Teaching with Documents
Teaching with Documents, and Documents, and More Documents: The National Archives Digital Partnerships Lee Ann Potter
A new National Archives partnership has made thousands of additional federal records available online free of charge. Secondary Level     US History

The Day in the Life of a Teenage Hobo Project: Integrating Technology with Shneiderman's Collect-Relate-Create-Donate Framework Justin Reich, Thomas Daccord
In this multi-day investigation of teenage homelessness during the Great Depression, students use a range of technologiessearch engines, blogs, and podcasting toolsto investigate the political, economic, and social history of the time. Secondary Level     Social Sciences
Surfing the Net
What I Learned at the NCSS Annual Meeting2008 Edition C. Frederick Risinger
The featured websites provide a glimpse of the countless resourcessuch as textbooks, trade books, maps, supplementary materials, and audio-visual materialsavailable in the NCSS conference exhibit hall. Secondary Level    
Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Biographies as a Classroom Resource John Paul Ryan
Supreme Court biographies can offer students new perspectives on American history and politics. In this column, the author interviews biographers of three renowned justices. Secondary Level    

Social Studies 2.0: Thinking, Connecting, and Creating with Technology

Where and Why There? Spatial Thinking with Geographic Information Systems Andrew J. Milson, Mary Curtis
High school students develop real-world geography and GIS skills when they perform a site selection analysis to determine the best location for a new business. Secondary Level     Geography

Teaching with Rather than about Geographic Information Systems Thomas C. Hammond, Alec M. Bodzin
Using GIS in the classroom can present unique challenges. Here, the authors outline key strategies for maximizing student understanding while minimizing technical friction. Secondary Level     Geography

Making Sense of Social Studies with Visualization Tools Ilene Berson, Michael Berson
A web-analysis tool known as a word cloud offers a creative approach to analyzing documents such as presidential speeches. Secondary Level    

Making Connections: Using Online Discussion Forums to Engage Students in Historical Inquiry Whitney Blankenship
Communicating in an online forum advances student reasoning and decision making while enabling teachers to interact more effectively with students and the curriculum. Secondary Level     US History, World History

Using Digital History to Investigate Desegregation and Massive Resistance in Norfolk Public Schools Meghan McGlinn Manfra
A new digital library chronicles the integration of all-white public schools in Virginia and offers students the opportunity to read related oral histories, editorial arguments, and legal decisions. Secondary Level     US History

Worth the WAIT: Engaging Social Studies Students with Art in a Digital Age B. Scott Crawford, David Hicks, Nicole Doherty
This unique Web 2.0 tool enhances students' literacy and inquiry skills as they critically engage with art. Secondary Level    

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