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History Nerd Fest 2013 – Oliver Stone, film-making, and history

Okay. I did not know that Oliver Stone served in Vietnam as an infantryman, was wounded, and earned medals for valor. He was also a teacher in Vietnam before becoming a film-maker.

I’m trying to figure out how that impacts my impression of his work. I like his films as entertainment but not as history. His latest? A 10-episode Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States. My past experience with JFK makes me a bit skeptical. He does have a history guy – Peter Kuznick – helping write the companion book. So . . . does he care about historical accuracy? What is his version of history? Is it just trying to make entertaining movies? Should it matter?

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History Nerd Fest 2013 – Primary sources and emerging technology

Can we use primary sources and technology to promote civic engagement? Richard Hartshorne and Scott Waring of University of Central Florida say yes.

They shared a great set of resources to help you structure your use of technology in the classroom.  They didn’t really share specific examples about civic engagement activities with these tools – mostly a review of the different tools – but they do have one lesson idea online.

All of the tech tools are free and easy to use: Read more

History Nerd Fest 2013 – Minecraft EDU and geography

Yes. It’s that time of year. National Council for the Social Studies conference time. This year? Saint Louis.

History Nerd Fest. Thousands of social studies teachers all in one place, having a great time learning as much as possible in two and half days.

I’ll be trying as best I can to live blog all of the sessions I attend. I’ll also try to align each of the sessions to my C4 Framework. Keep your fingers crossed! I’m usually pretty good for the first day or so but start dragging by Sunday.

And we’re off!

Minecraft to teach geography. Read more

Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards and other NCSS awesomeness

The National Council for the Social Studies is a no-brainer. If you teach social studies, you should be a member.

It’s simple. You join. You get great professional development goodies, online lesson plans, cheaper access to books, materials and the national conference, and a super online support system. The end. Everyone’s happy.

One of the benefits that I enjoy the most is the semi-annual Bulletins that the NCSS publishes and sends to members. Bulletins are focused, topical books that provide awesome and practical suggestions for incorporating high-quality instruction into your social studies classroom.

Their latest?

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Yay! C3 social studies standards come out today! Wait. What? Not today?

Social studies teachers all over the country had been looking forward to Saturday afternoon. Well . . . maybe just me but pretty sure there were others as well.

Saturday was the day that the Council of Chief State School Officers was scheduled to release their public draft of the new C3 national social studies standards. At the National Council for the Social Studies national conference. In front of the entire social studies nation. In front of lots of social studies teachers from all over the nation.

Did we get ‘em?

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History Geek Week Day Four: iPads and the social studies classroom

Just so you know. Best NCSS conference in a long time. It’s been a great week – meeting new people, learning new things, talking about new ideas.

And the Sandra Day O’Connor & Gerda Weissman Klein panel / US naturalization ceremony on Saturday was simply amazing. That session made the trip.

So good luck, Tom Daccord of EdTechTeacher / Teaching History with Technology fame. You’ve got big shoes to fill early on a Sunday morning on the last day of the conference.

Though I’m not really that worried. Tom’s stuff is pretty amazing and this morning’s session is on iPads. So this is probably the best place to finish off what has already been a great four days.

Here’s the problem that Tom sees in education today: Read more


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