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Content - Social Studies

Resources and Downloads for Global Competence

Educators from John Stanford International School in Seattle, Washington, have provided these resources and tools for teaching global competence. At John Stanford International School, principal Jesely Alvarez says that they're not "just teaching our students about the world, we're asking them, 'What are you going to do about it?'

BrainPOP | Social Studies

Animated Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English movies, quizzes, activity pages and school homework help for K-12 kids, aligned with state standards

Welcome · Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

World War I's lasting bootprint

One hundred years later, the 'war to end all wars' is still shaping the geography and geopolitics of the modern world.

Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

I went to a Professional Development workshop several years ago with a master history teacher, Eric Rothschild, who spent his career teaching at Scarsdale High School. He was a brilliant workshop facilitator, and I learned more about teaching history in that workshop than in any other professional development experience I'd had up to that point in my career.

A digital reimagining of Gettysburg - Anne Knowles

Geographer Anne Knowles uses digital technologies to reimagine the past. In this fascinating talk, Knowles transports us to the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the Civil War. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and historical maps, she traces the footsteps of Robert E.

The Silk Road: History's first "world wide web" - Shannon Harris Castelo

With modern technology, a global exchange of goods and ideas can happen at the click of a button. But what about 2,000 years ago? Shannon Harris Castelo unfolds the history of the 5,000-mile Silk Road, a network of multiple routes that used the common language of commerce to connect the world's major settlements, thread by thread.

Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned | MiddleWeb

A MiddleWeb Blog by Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi We both teach history in the Los Angeles metro area - Aaron in Compton USD, a large public system, and Jody in an independent day school. We often plan together.

Social Studies Tech for Teachers

Social Studies Tech for Teachers

Biblion: WORLD'S FAIR | Home

Enter the World of Tomorrow through one of the Library's richest and most heavily used archival collections: the official corporate records of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. The Fair, like the Library, has something for everyone, from technological innovation and classical music, to pop culture and a portrait of the world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship.

Creative Educator - Lessons: Social Studies

Creative Educator lessons provide high-level ideas for engaging students in Social Studies while building creativity, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

What is GIS?

A brief introduction to what geographic systems are.

Free Technology for Teachers: This Interactive Map Shows Us How the United States Grew Westward

The Invasion of America is an interactive map produced by for the purpose of showing how the land holdings of Native Americans drastically shrunk between 1784 and 1887. You can move the timeline at the bottom of the map to see how the land holdings changed from year to year or decade to decade.

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Places to Find Historical Images - And an Idea for Using Them to Spark Discu...

One of my favorite ways to spark students' interest in a history lesson is to have them look for interesting historical images. I've found that interesting images can prompt good conversations which in turn lead to good questions for my students to research the answers to.

Free Technology for Teachers: Collections of Historical Maps and Ideas for Using Them In Your Classroom

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection is often the first place I go to when looking for old maps to use in a social studies lesson. The collection contains more than 100,000 historical maps documenting places throughout the world. The maps can be searched by area, by time period, or by cartographer.

A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence

Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation's founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Or almost exactly?

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site

For the first time, the award-winning one-hour LIVE Electronic Field Trip broadcasts are complimentary to all viewers. Watch via online streaming or broadcast television. The broadcasts feature historical documentary or dramatic video in combination with live discussion by experts and historians, as well as interactive opportunities for all viewers via Twitter or our instant feedback poll.

Video: App Smart | History 101

Kit Eaton reviews three apps that will help you brush up on past events ranging from the Roman era to World War I.

How well do you know Africa?

Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s mainland is shared among nearly 50 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?

Geography Education

Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.

Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened.

Here is Woody Guthrie's tribute to the good people who fought in the battles of Ludlow to help make a better tomorrow for everyone - you can just start the video and then start reading, if you wish: Coal Country, Colorado 100 years ago, the Rocky Mountains were the source of a vast supply of coal.

Free Technology for Teachers: 20 Good Map Creation Tools for Students

A couple of years ago I published a list of 21 online map creation tools. Since then some of those tools have gone offline and new tools have replaced them. Here's my updated list of online map creation tools for students and teachers. Wikia Maps is a map creation tool from Wikia.

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome's first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity.

Caesar Augustus died 2000 years ago. Here's why he was one of history's greatest leaders.

Today marks the 2000th anniversary of the death of Caesar Augustus on August 19, 14 AD. Augustus was Rome's first emperor and one of the most accomplished leaders in world history. He made possible the Pax Romana, a 200-year period of relative peace and prosperity that allowed the Roman empire to have a profound and lasting influence on the culture of the Europe.

Top 10 Reasons to Use Big History Project

Top 10 Reasons to Teach Using Big History Project This School Year Humans interested in Humanity, proceed. Middle school and high school teachers interested in a cool integrated block, read on. High school principals interested in boosting engagement, critical thinking, and writing across the curriculum-we have a super block for you.