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#NCSS14: Four Sweet Strategies – Reading & Writing in the Elementary Classroom

This morning, Deb Brown and I presented a workshop on different strategies elementary teachers can use in their classrooms.

We had a great time!

If you’re interested, we put all of the goodies in a Dropbox folder. You can get the  Read more

#NCSS14: Mapping the Social Studies

So. Very. Tired.

I love social studies but my feet hurt. My brain is full. The back of my head is buzzing from the last of more than several caffeinated drinks. And what seems like an endless series of apparently important meetings (instead of awesome sessions). It’s been a long two days. Too much learning, history nerdness, and Diet Pepsi.

Yeah, I know. Pretty much the ultimate in first world problems.

One more session today. Then the two hour session that I’m co-presenting with the awesome Deb Brown tomorrow morning. Finish up with Ken Burns at noon and two totally hassle-free flights back home.

But I am excited about this session. And you all know how much I love a good map so no matter how tired I am, it’s gonna be good. Joseph Kerski from ESRI is gonna demo some cool uses of maps in a variety of different content areas. Read more

#NCSS14: Legacy Voices of Civil Rights Heroes

I am so looking forward to this session. This is very cool.

Seriously. How cool is it to listen to stories from people like this?

The daughter of Fred Korematsu, Karen Korematsu; Anthony Chavez, the grandson of Cesar Chávez; and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., the great great great grandson of Frederick Douglass and great great grandson of Booker T. Washington are sharing stories personal anecdotes about their famous relatives and talking about how their work reflects the legacies of these great Americans. How do descendants of human and civil rights heroes continue the work of their famous ancestors?

Some amazing stories but a few quick quotes. And at the bottom of the post, links to amazing resources and lesson plans. Read more

#NCSS14: Social Media as Inquiry Tool

An interesting conversation that I joined late. Members of the NCSS Technology Community are working to develop policy and recommendations that they will deliver to the NCSS Board of Directors.

It’s an important conversation that I wish we could spend more time with this topic. Very interesting topic.

And it’s not just whether or not we use tools, it’s the actual use of the tools. As Dr. Joe O’Brien said,

Leaving the house without your phone is like leaving the house without your pants.

Tech, especially social media, is literally becoming something we wear and that is part of who we are. What impact does social media have on society? On politics? On economics? On advertising?

We need to be teaching kids this content. Because this sort of content will probably more important than when Lincoln was elected.

FInd resources here.

#NCSS14: Session Two – Connecting Your Government Class and the Real World

Presented by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, my #NCSS14 session two focused on ways to engage students directly with actual issues in their communities through direct civic action.

They suggest that you can turn your government classroom into a hands-on civics lab to teach the workings of government by empowering students.

They shared about their Civics Action Project, a  Read more

#NCSS14: Day One, Session One, Coffee, Danish, and Vincennes Lincoln High School

I have everything I need. Caffeine, danish, internet access, power outlet, and 10,000 social studies teachers all in one place.

First session?

The Digital Journey: 1:1 in Social Studies. In 2009, the Vincennes Lincoln High School Social Studies department  in Vincennes, Indiana began what it called a “digital journey.” I had a chance to hear the group speak several years ago and am curious on how things are going.

And to steal all of their great ideas.

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