Ohio historian mixes facts, fun to hook students | Are summer slide fears unfounded? | How to use social media as a teaching resource
July 8, 2020
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Ohio historian mixes facts, fun to hook students
Ohio history educator Michael McMaster mixes learning with entertainment when addressing middle-school students, including touchable artifacts and attention-grabbing stories to pique their interest on topics such as vintage baseball and the War of 1812. He is currently working on marketing efforts for the Wood County History Museum through partnerships with video game creators, including the makers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, to help engage the public about the museum's collections.
Full Story: Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, Ohio) (7/4) 
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Professional Development
The coronavirus pandemic necessitates social distancing, but educators can use social media to connect and share resources and strategies, suggests Danielle Mancinelli, director of professional development. In this blog post, Mancinelli shares several ways to build a remote personal learning network, including joining Facebook groups and participating in Twitter education chats.
Full Story: Edutopia (7/7) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Survey: Students faced online learning challenges
Only 39% of students reported learning a lot daily during remote instruction, according to a survey by YouthTruth of 20,000 students in nine states. About half of students reported feeling depressed or stressed, and many students said they had obstacles to remote learning, such as distractions at home.
Full Story: Education Dive (7/7) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
In response to social distancing recommendations, many camps have created alternative summer programs that include mailed activity kits and virtual experiences. Online sessions encourage socialization, while hands-on materials and daily challenges offer a break from screens.
Full Story: Tech & Learning (7/7) 
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Mass. teacher to create anti-racism curriculum
Massachusetts teacher Michael Lawrence-Riddell is creating a multimedia curriculum to help students understand and analyze how race is used in America. Lawrence-Riddell founded an organization called Self-Evident Media, which is working with schools to make sure the resources align with the National Council for Social Studies C3 Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History and Social Studies.
Full Story: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.) (free registration) (7/7) 
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NCSS Updates
NCSS offers resources for educators
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated as COVID-19) as a pandemic. National Council for the Social Studies is providing this landing page as a resource for social studies educators, administrators, and professionals to stay informed on the latest updates from the U.S. Department of Education, the current containment status of the pandemic, prevention tips, school closures, and teaching resources for classroom or virtual usage. Please bookmark and check this resource page daily for updates and share it with your network. Read on.
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for teachers in their home areas. Visit our site to find a complete listing that includes meeting themes, proposal deadlines, council webpages and conference contacts.
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