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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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level    

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 Level    
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 Level     Geography, Global Connections

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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