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December 21, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • N.H. social studies students find shortage of American-made goods
    Sociology teacher Kelly Ward presented her Nashua High School South students with a research project: Find American-made products at the local mall. The idea stemmed from ABC News' "Made in America" campaign, and eventually involved teachers of other social studies, English and psychology classes at the school. Students quickly discovered that American-made products were harder to find than they suspected, leading them to think about what that means for the economy and the future. The Telegraph (Nashua, N.H.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • 3 reasons why students may resist collaboration
    There are many reasons students may be reluctant to collaborate with their peers, writes Robin Newton, an English education student at East Carolina University. There may be cultural differences or a lack of understanding, or the students may be shy or introverted. Newton writes that collaboration among students will not happen by chance. "Rather, a teacher must know his or her students well enough to understand the ways in which collaboration might be a struggle," Newton writes in this blog post. Edutopia.org/Robin Newton's blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The importance of teaching students social awareness
    The holiday season's traditions of remembrance and giving thanks offer excellent opportunities for students to become aware and concerned about the world around them, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. In this blog post, he writes about the need to discuss events, such as Superstorm Sandy, with students, and includes a list of themes that would be appropriate to study with students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy Watch 
  • La. school district rejects Texas-approved history books
    The Orleans Parish School Board in Louisiana voted recently to bar creationism or "intelligent design" from being taught in its schools and prohibit the use of any history textbooks that have been changed to include Christianity. Specifically, the board's action bans any textbook that has been changed "in accordance with the State of Texas revisionist guidelines," referring to action taken in 2010 by the Texas State Board of Education to change its social studies and history curriculum. The Huffington Post (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Report: Education technology should be part of policy discussions
    A recent report from the National Association of State Boards of Education recommends policymakers move to create guidelines that support the integration of technology in schools. Among its recommendations are to address digital literacy and citizenship, be responsive to students' needs and "create policies that allocate resources based on data, student needs, and student, parent and stakeholder voices," the report states. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • District offers students Internet access as a privilege, not a right
    A school district in Indiana is altering the way students access the Internet, granting four levels of access based on grades and behavior. Under the plan, all students start at the second level, but earn greater privileges in the third and fourth levels, such as access to some social networking websites and e-mail. Students at the first level will not be able to take school laptops home. "We're looking at releasing responsibility to students as they can handle it," said Jan Richards, Oak Hill Elementary School principal. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Does geography hold the key to a healthier future?
    Geographic information can help researchers analyze a range of health topics such as food-borne illnesses and breast cancer. "These are all things where place doesn't give us all the answers, but it gives us some ideas where to look," said Russell Kirby, a professor in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Kirby, who has degrees in geography and epidemiology, is working to set up a GIS/public health certificate at his university. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.)/Lake Norman News (N.C.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Lakes Ontario, Erie face the most environmental threats
    A three-year study of humans' cumulative effects on the Great Lakes has concluded that Lakes Erie and Ontario face the greatest human threats while Lake Superior is the least threatened. The study showed that multiple threats, including an invasive mussel species and human waste buildup, combined to endanger the lakes. "It's almost a death-by-a-thousand-cuts syndrome," said University of Wisconsin-Madison limnologist Peter McIntyre. The study was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Detroit Free Press (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Project Director, Online Education-ELA/Social Studies ResourcesAmerican Heritage SocietyUS - MD - Rockville
Assistant Prefessor of EducationJuniata CollegeHuntingdon, PA
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