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December 12, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Calif. students recycle trash into fashion
    To underscore the importance of recycling, Franklin High School in Los Angeles staged an Eco-Friendly Fashion Show with outfits made from strips of newspapers, plastic garbage bags and similar items. The project was sponsored by the school's Dream Project Club, which has students tackling societal issues. Besides raising awareness about environmental sustainability, the fashion show also raised money to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. students explore their community for Black History Month
    Grant High School in Portland, Ore., will start working during winter break on an oral history project for Black History Month. The school's students and others will interview school alumni who graduated before 1975 and will write the stories of the many changes in the community. The interactive project, which also includes the work of student artists and photographers, will be on display at the school in February. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Development 
  • Why teacher collaboration is key to common core
    Teachers need more time to collaborate to implement Common Core State Standards in their classroom, Vicki Phillips, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Robert L. Hughes, president of New Visions for Public Schools, write in this commentary. They describe how two projects use educator teams to develop instructional materials. "Some say working with the collaboratives has been the best professional-development experience of their careers. Teachers tell us that they are covering fewer topics more deeply, and that their students gain a greater understanding of the content," they write. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How to judge the credibility of social media sources
    In this blog post, librarian Joyce Valenza offers ideas on how to help students judge the credibility of social media sources that lack the more traditional credentials of established journalists and researchers. She suggests four sites where students can obtain metrics of social influence, and gain insight about establishing their own online presence. "While these tools may be useful in exploring the influence and perhaps expertise of others, they also have growing importance in how our students will be measured in the world of business," Valenza writes. School Library Journal/Never Ending Search blog (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • High-tech researchers recreate artifacts with 3D technology
    Using the latest in 3D printers and software, Joseph Greene and Adam Aja of the Semitic Museum at Harvard University are able to scan fragments of centuries-old items and produce 3D images of how those statues and sculptures would look if they were still all in one piece. "[3D] imaging [with] or without printing is a perfect way to study, conserve, share and teach using objects," Greene said. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital archivist faces challenges in preserving history
    Digital preservation of information requires thinking ahead for future needs and accessibility, says Julie Sweetkind-Singer, assistant director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data and Services and the head librarian of the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections at Stanford University. Documents, maps and other materials need to be stored in a way that will keep them safe technically and ensure they are used legally long into the future, she says in this interview. "Unless digital files are correctly preserved and documented, we run the risk of losing the information, which is then unavailable to future generations," she said. Directions Magazine (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCSS Updates 
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  • Submit a proposal to present at the NCSS Annual Conference
    NCSS is accepting proposals to present at the 2013 NCSS Annual Conference in St. Louis. The theme of the conference is "Social Studies: Gateway to the Core of Learning" and includes subthemes that address the Common Core; cross cultural collaboration; sustainability; social justice; sports in history and music and popular culture. The deadline to submit a proposal is Feb. 25. Learn more and submit a proposal. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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