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Social Education March/April 2018

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Editor's Notebook Michael Simpson

Sources and Strategies

Deepening Student Understanding of World War I-Era Attitudes through Big Data Analysis Michael Apfeldorf

Exposing students to big data analysis through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website can be an effective way to study historical trends such as changing U.S. sentiment towards Germany in World War I. Secondary Level     World History, US History
Lessons on the Law

The Fair Housing Act at 50: Not Sufficiently Powerful to Reverse Residential Racial Segregation Richard Rothstein

A historical look at the promise and failure of the Fair Housing Act can challenge students to consider whether residential segregation was created by accident or by government policy.

Secondary Level     Law-Related, US History
Teaching with Documents

Upholding Student Rights in the 20th Century: An Examination of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District Kimberlee Ried

Researching the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines case about free speech in the Vietnam era can launch an engaging classroom debate on the First Amendment and the civil rights of students.

Secondary Level     Law-Related, US History


Understanding Bitcoin: Money, Asset, or Bubble? J.R. Clark, M. Scott Niederjohn, William C. Wood

Studying the phenomenon of Bitcoin offers an excellent jumping off point for an economics lesson on asset value, fundamental value, and speculative bubbles. Secondary Level     Economics


Trade and Tradeoffs: Lowering Barriers to Talking about International Trade Tawni Ferrarini James Gwartney

A close look at the topic of foreign trade—its pros and cons—can give students a deeper understanding of why economists and politicians often disagree on the matter Secondary Level     Economics


Federal Reserve Policy: Managing Both Sides of the Dual Mandate Kevin Kliesen Scott Wolla

The role of the Federal Reserve and how it influences our economy can stimulate an interesting classroom discussion on the importance of price stability, employment levels, and interest rates. Secondary Level     Economics

Disruptive Technologies and the Social Studies Classroom


Media Literacy and Fake News in the Social Studies Meghan McGlinn Manfra Casey Holmes

To best prepare social studies students for democratic citizenship and civic participation, we need to equip them with strategies for critically consuming online media. Secondary Level     Civics/Government


Excursion into Empathy: Exploring Prejudice with Virtual Reality Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson, Amy M. Carnes Claudia R. Wiedeman

Immersive virtual reality experiences offer an innovative approach to oral history and can foster students’ emotional connection with distant historical events. PreK-Elementary     World History


Makerspaces and 3D Printing: New Directions for History Learning Torrey Trust Robert W. Maloy

The process of researching, designing, and presenting 3D models related to people, places, or events can dramatically expand students’ experience of social studies topics.    


Cloud-Based GIS to Support Geographic Inquiry Injeong Jo

Engaging in geographic inquiry with Internet-based GIS applications advances students’ spatial thinking, critical thinking, and inquiry-based learning.

Teaching the C3 Framework

Using Project-Based Learning to Drive Inquiry and Student Questioning Andrew Miller

A true project-based learning experience provides students with a voice and choice in what they want to learn.     US History, Geography

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