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Social Studies Nerdfest 2015 Day One: Literacy, Technology, & the Inquiry Arc

In my world, there is the winter holiday season. The first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. Whenever my kids come home to visit. College football bowl season. The Fourth of July. Opening night of any James Bond movie.

You know. Those special times of the year when the day just isn’t long enough to fit in all the fun.

The cool thing? Today starts another of those annual periods that fit the category of best times of the year. Today is Day One of Social Studies Nerdfest 2015. Yup. Today starts four days of geeking out with thousands of other social studies people at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference. This year, we’re hanging out downtown New Orleans.

Seriously. How cool is that? It really needs to be an official national holiday.

The actual NCSS conference kicks off tomorrow. Today I get to spend the day with the NSSSA folks – the National Social Studies Supervisors Association – at their quick one day conference before jumping feet first in with the NCSS. It’s a perfect way to kick off the Nerdfest Friday through Sunday.

My part of today’s activities is to share some thoughts and suggestions later this afternoon about the intersection between technology, literacy, and the NCSS Inquiry Arc. It’s gonna be a fun 70 minutes of playing with Google Street View, Google Cardboard, cropping tools, the Library of Congress, iPad tools, Hstry, and whatever other topic happens to come up.

If you’re curious, head over and check out a very large list of some of the things we might discuss. And browse through the rough draft of the preso below.



Part of what I try to do during every Nerdfest is to liveblog the sessions that I get to attend. So check back here often for the latest updates throughout the next four days. So buckle up – it’s going to be a great ride.

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