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Social Education March/April 2012


The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2012
Allan Lichtman

This election prediction system, which looks at the most consequential events of a presidency to predict the candidate who will win the popular vote, points to success for Obama in 2012 regardless of how well the Republicans campaign. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Teaching with Documents

Public Service Announcement about the 1940 Census
Lee Ann Potter, Christopher Zarr

A brief film created by the Census Bureau to encourage participation in the 1940 Census will enrich a lesson on the Constitution and fuel discussion on why the Framers saw fit to require a population count. Secondary/High School     US History, Civics/Government

Looking at the Law

Perspectives: Are Voter Photo Identification Laws a Good Idea?
Tiffany Middleton

The views of several experts on new, stricter voter identification laws can spark a lively student debate on whether such laws are necessary. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


The Fed and the U. S. Constitution: Too Much Independence?
Mary C. Suiter, Mark C. Schug

An examination of the history, structure, and function of the Federal Reserve System, will enlighten students about the historical debate on the constitutionality of a central bank. Secondary/High School     Economics, Civics/Government


Interviewing the “Lost Generation” from Prince Edward County’s Closed School Era
Helen Stiff-Williams, John P. Sturtz

An oral history project by students in Southside, Virginia, exposes a neglected aspect of the civil rights movement—a generation of young people who were deprived of an education by segregationists. Secondary/High School     US History

Surfing the Net

What I Learned At NCSS 2011
C. Frederick Risinger

The NCSS annual meeting offers a cornucopia of information on using the Internet and Web 2.0 resources to teach social studies. The author describes his top website choices. Secondary/High School    


Teaching the Social Studies through Your Local Community
Anthony J. Filipovitch, Talip Ozturk

This list of key resources for teaching about local government and public policy will enrich any lesson on civic education. Secondary/High School    

Research and Practice

Around the World with Geospatial Technologies
Andrew J. Milson, Joseph J. Kerski

Geospatial technology is gaining global momentum. The authors highlight five case studies that showcase how educators are mobilizing GIS and GPS around the world. Secondary/High School     Geography, Global Studies

Instructional Technology


Touch, Type, and Transform: iPads in the Social Studies Classroom
Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson, Meghan McGlinn Manfras

These strategies for integrating iPads and other multi-touch technologies in the classroom will enable teachers to raise the level of student interaction and engagement during social studies lessons. Secondary/High School    


Digital Reenactments: Using Green Screen Technology to Recreate the Past
Caroline C. Sheffield, Stephen B. Swan

Web 2.0 tools and video technology have reshaped the way students carry out historical reenactments. Secondary/High School    


Building Community through Shared Aesthetic Experience: A Multimedia Family History Project
Nancye E. McCrary

Advances in digital technology enable students to combine sight, sound, and text to create family projects that make history more personal. Secondary/High School    


Democratic Use of Blogs and Online Discussion Boards in Social Studies Education
Andrew L. Hostetler

Promoting online discussions via a dedicated blog promotes new interactions among students and engages them in meaningful democratic discussions. Secondary/High School