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Social Education March/April 2010


Who Will Stimulate the Economic Recovery: A Ghost Story
M. Scott Niederjohn, Mark C. Schug, and William C. Wood

The authors imagine what two of the most renowned economists in our history might say to Ben Bernanke about promoting economic recovery. Secondary/High School    


Teaching with Data: Using Our Nation?s Statistical Snapshot
Kim Crews

Students will learn about the uses of data for research, planning, and policymaking when they review the census from 100 years ago and gather contemporary information about their own households. Secondary/High School    

Looking at the Law

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Regulating Nuclear Weapons Around the World
Tiffany Willey Middleton

An interview with three experts on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty can serve as a jumping off point to explore with students the legal issues surrounding nuclear weapons. Secondary/High School     Law-Related

Teaching with Documents

The Constitution by Cell
Stephanie Greenhut and Megan Jones

A pilot program at the National Archives challenges students to determine how certain documents illustrate the Constitution ?in action,? then create digital stories using cellular phones and web tools. Secondary/High School     US History

Special Section: History Face to Face


Students Preserve an Emancipation Site with Archaeological Technology
Paul LaRue

High school students in Ohio combine study with experience as they unearth and clean artifacts in order to re-create the history of an early settlement of emancipated slaves. Secondary/High School    


National History Day: Student Historians
Ann Claunch

When students are challenged by National History Day to probe into history?s unanswered questions, they sometimes become the first to provide the answers. Secondary/High School    


"Life in a Jar": A National History Day Project that Touched the World
Norman Conard

After learning about a Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children during World War II, students in Kansas created a play for National History Day that is still being performed today, more than 10 years later.

Secondary/High School    


The Pleasant Valley School: A Living History Project
David L. Buckner, Pamela U. Brown, and John Curry

In Stillwater, Oklahoma, fourth graders from around the state can step back in time and experience a day at the turn of the twentieth century in a one-room schoolhouse. PreK-Elementary    


Since You Asked: Remembering America's Veterans
Barbara Hatch

Through the Arizona Heritage Project, students work to document their local history and preserve the stories of Arizona?s military veterans. Secondary/High School    


The WPA American Guide Series: Local History Treasures for the Classroom
Syd Golston

The state guidebooks created by writers, academics, and historians under FDR?s jobs program offer a wealth of social history that will lead students to a greater understanding of their own towns as part of the panorama of American history. Secondary/High School     US History


Realia: It?s Not Just about Field Trips Anymore
Kyle McKoy

Financial constraints and testing pressures have forced many school districts to cut back on field trips to museums. But with traveling trunks, museums are making sure that students still have access to primary source artifacts. Secondary/High School    


Historic Sites and Your Students
William E. White

Field trips to historic sites, such as to the house in Colonial Williamsburg of Revolution-era scholar George Wythe, offer students a tangible and physical connection to the past. Secondary/High School    


Learning and Writing about Local History Using the Internet
C. Frederick Risinger

The websites presented here will help educators integrate local history projects that not only stimulate student interest, but build research and presentation skills. Secondary/High School    

Special Section Twenty X: The Beginning of a New Decade for Technology and the Social Studies


Far Beyond Show and Tell: Strategies for Integration of Desktop Documentary Making into History Classrooms
Bruce Fehn, Melanie Johnson, and Tyson Smith

Creating documentary productions on computers motivates students and enables teachers to guide student historical thinking skills and practices. Secondary/High School    


Researching, Producing, Presenting: Students? Use of Technology for Global Advocacy in the Social Studies
Brad M. Maguth, Misato Yamaguchi, and Jeff Elliott

Students have the opportunity to research, create, and present potential solutions to important global challenges when they make their own videos, which many choose to upload to social networking websites. Secondary/High School    


Webby Award Winners: Interactive Media for the Social Studies
Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson

Educators will find the winners of a leading Internet award to be exellent resources for enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom. Secondary/High School    


Blogging to Learn: Educational Blogs and U.S. History
Meghan McGlinn Manfra, George E. Gray, Jr., and John K. Lee

Multimedia and Web 2.0 technologies offer opportunities to successfully engage low achieving students while promoting in-depth thinking and increasing student participation. Secondary/High School