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Social Education March/April 2011

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Special Section: What Every Citizen Needs to Know about the Fed and Monetary Policy and How You Can Teach about It


Students, Economics, and the Federal Reserve
Ben S. Bernanke

Students with an understanding of economics are better equipped to comprehend the forces that influence our standard of living and overall financial well-being. Secondary/High School     Economics


Andrew T. Hill and William C. Wood

It's important to strike a balance between traditional teaching about monetary policy and the teaching that is needed in these turbulent times. Secondary/High School     Economics


Data and Primary Source Documents for Social Studies Classrooms from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Mary C. Suiter, Katrina L. Stierholz

Students will increase their understanding of past and current events through the Federal Reserve Economic Data website, where they can view and download original maps, charts, tables, graphs, and raw data. Secondary/High School     Economics


Quantitative Easing and the Fed: Ghost Story II
M. Scott Niederjohn, Mark C. Schug, and William C. Wood

In a sequel to a previous article, the authors imagine what two renowned economists might say to Ben Bernanke about how to advance economic recovery. Secondary/High School     Economics

Teaching with Documents

Request for a Copy of the Decision in Weeks v. The United States
Megan Jones

A Supreme Court decision banning illegally obtained evidence in federal court serves as a point of entry for the study of search warrants and the Fourth Amendment. Secondary/High School     US History


A Call for Wikipedia in the Classroom
Mark Kissling

Rather than battle Wikipedia's stronghold in students' lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens. Secondary/High School    


Wikipedia: Does it Have a Place in Research?

Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research. Secondary/High School    

Looking at the Law

Understanding Antitrust Laws, Competition, the Economy, and Their Impact on Our Everyday Lives

The history of American antitrust laws, explored in this interview, can introduce students to the globalization of markets, trade, and legal governance Secondary/High School     Law-Related


Standards for Teaching about the Federal Reserve System: An Initiative by Two Federal Reserve Banks

These newly created educational standards can guide teachers in developing citizens who are knowledgeable about the Fed and its role in our financial system and market economy.     Economics

Special Section: Charting New Digital Vistas in Social Studies


A Digital View of History: Drawing and Discussing Models of Historical Concepts
Meghan McGlinn Manfra and Robert M. Coven

Students become engaged in doing history when they examine digitized primary sources about the Great Plague in fourteenth-century Europe and create images of their own historical interpretations. Secondary/High School    


Learning History with Mini-Camcorders
Jeremy D. Stoddard and Meg Hoffman

Three activities described here engage the creativity of at-risk students by incorporating mini-camcorders into the study of the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction. Secondary/High School    


Integrating Literature and the Social Studies with Google Lit Trips
Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson

Students become deeply immersed in stories and their related social studies content with Lit Trips, which enable the hands-on explorations of text, by incorporating digital mapping tools, videos, and photographs. Secondary/High School    


Visualizing Economic Development with ArcGIS Explorer
Megan L. Webster and Andrew J. Milson

Students can use GIS applications to analyze a range of geographic patterns. In the lesson described here, ninth graders used ArcGIS Explorer to study economic development and the ways in which countries are classified as more, or less, developed. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

How New Technology Resources are Changing Social Studies
C. Frederick Risinger

This list of recommended websites highlights the innovative use of Web 2.0 technology by teachers in Milwaukee and Kentucky, and a Houston professor who teaches students how to design podcasts that use animation, music, and narration. Secondary/High School