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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 Level    

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 Level    
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 Level     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 Level     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 Level    

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 Level    

"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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level     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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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