VR, art teach Ala. 5th-graders about explorers | Teacher: Ideas to reduce test anxiety | Neb. begins revision of social studies standards
October 8, 2018
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VR, art teach Ala. 5th-graders about explorers
VR, art teach Ala. 5th-graders about explorers
Fifth-grade students at one Alabama elementary school recently researched the lives of explorers and created life-size portraits of historical figures including Ferdinand Magellan and Marco Polo. As part of the social studies lessons, students also took a virtual reality field trip to see ancient Inca and Aztec ruins.
The Andalusia Star-News (Ala.) (10/6) 
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Networks® 6–12 social studies promotes learning through curiosity. Powerful interactive content, compelling stories, personalized learning, and resources to manage, organize, and customize your classroom make Networks your best choice for social studies instruction. Learn more.
Standards & Assessments
Neb. begins revision of social studies standards
A 65-member team made up of educators and other officials has been assembled in Nebraska to update social studies standards. Officials say a first draft could be available next month, followed by public feedback.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (10/5) 
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Inspire students with poignant words and stories from those impacted by the events of the Holocaust. Our "Inspiring the Human Story" poster series is perfect for teachers looking for some added inspiration in their classroom this year. Order a free set for your classroom with recommended classroom activities.
Technology in the Classroom
Superintendent: 3 transformational tech tools
There are three tools that educators can use to transform their classrooms, suggests Matt Prusiecki, superintendent of MSD of Decatur Township. In this commentary, he shares how educators can use virtual portfolios, hot spots and interactive tools to help students learn.
eSchool News (10/4) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Survey shows lack of civics knowledge in US
A survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has found that only 13% of Americans knew that the US Constitution was ratified in 1788 and fewer than half knew the US Supreme Court has nine justices. A report earlier this year showed that only nine states and the District of Columbia require civics courses in high school.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/3),  The Atlantic online (10/5) 
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Can schools reframe the bullying issue?
It may be time to retire the word "bullying," writes Jim Dillon, a former school administrator. In this blog post, he describes how the word has started to lose meaning and how eliminating "bullying" may allow schools to shift from a criminal-justice framework to more positive changes they can make to create environments that are psychologically and emotionally safe.
SmartBrief/Education (10/4) 
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NCSS Updates
2018-19 Board of Directors election
The NCSS Nominations Committee has selected a slate of candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors and Officer elections. Eligible members in good standing will receive instructions for accessing the ballot when the election opens on Monday, Dec. 3. See the full list of candidates.
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