Students can add details to maps with Earth tools | Teachers identify top social studies lessons | How Gaggle scans tech, alerts schools to dangers
November 27, 2019
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Students can add details to maps with Earth tools
Students can add details to maps with Earth tools
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Google Earth recently added tools that allows users to add lines, shapes, place markers and text to maps. Social studies teacher Josh Williams, who used the tools with students on a migration project, says the tools engage students in active learning rather than being passive in the classroom.
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Professional Development
Teachers identify top social studies lessons
Teachers identify top social studies lessons
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A group of educators share their best social studies lessons in this blog post, including Utah's Carina Whiteside, who shares a 3-day lesson on the contrast of slavery and the American principle of equality. Teacher Denise Fawcett Facey describes a lesson in which students learn about prejudice while Michigan teacher Mark Honeyman shares a lesson on human trafficking.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11/24) 
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Technology in the Classroom
How Gaggle scans tech, alerts schools to dangers
How Gaggle scans tech, alerts schools to dangers
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A Texas school district is among 1,300 nationwide using Gaggle to screen students' school files for potential threats. Officials in the district say the platform alerted them last year to 8,757 dangerous behaviors, including 424 mentions of violence toward others and 637 references of self-harm or suicide.
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (11/25) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Conn. district brings back chocolate milk
Conn. district brings back chocolate milk
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Chocolate milk will return to a Connecticut district's high-school cafeterias twice a week as part of a six-month pilot program. The milk had been eliminated from menus in 2011, but students have been clamoring for it ever since and developed the proposal to bring it back as an option.
New Haven Independent (Conn.) (11/26) 
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Schools adopt program inspired by "Mister Rogers"
Schools adopt program inspired by "Mister Rogers"
Fred Rogers (right) presents Steve Wozniak with a sweater at the Children's Discovery Museum in 1999. (Getty Images/Getty Images)
Simple Interactions -- a program inspired by "Mister Rogers" -- has been adopted by schools, after-school and summer programs and other organizations for children in 35 states and several countries, including in China, Canada and Scotland. Under the program, educators' interactions with children are filmed to help strengthen relationships and for educators' professional growth.
Education Dive (11/25) 
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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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In observance of Thanksgiving in the US, NCSS SmartBrief will not publish Friday, Nov. 29. Publication will resume Monday, Dec. 2.
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