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Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!" | Edutopia
"Geography has always been a learning target for social studies teachers, and David Hunter, who teaches at Bellevue, Washington's Big Picture School, decided to create a curriculum using Kickstarter as its funding source. He sought to make geography relevant through engaging scenarios and stories with a zombie theme tying it all together. The whole curriculum is standards-based and includes over 70 lessons where students must "consider how to duck the undead invasion, secure their supplies and, eventually, rebuild society" through a variety of activities, worksheets and discussions.

Mr. Hunter's story was featured on an NPR affiliate if you would like to read more. In addition, he has made available one of the comics he created which serve as the textbook for the curriculum. Mr. Hunter created this work in order to engage students, and I believe we can use the topic of zombies to explore further curriculum areas."
zombies  education  teaching  davidhunter  2013  comics  kickstarter  curriculum  learning  socialstudies  classideas 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Learning from Minecraft
"This post is brought to you by the word queef.

Now that I have your attention, I will let you know that this post will actually be dedicated to parsing out all of the learning that happens while my daughters are playing Minecraft. We have become a rather avid crafting family as all of us now have Minecraft (with the exception of our three year old) and we have our own server too. What I am going to do in this post is spell out a lot of the things that we are learning from Minecraft. There is a back story to why this post exists so I will start by sharing that first. I will clearly label the back story and the learning parts so you can skip the back story. The back story will help to explain my first sentence."
minecrafy  conniecoyl  learning  edg  srg  2012  play  governance  citizenship  communication  culturaldifferences  networks  cooperation  cooperativelearning  punctuation  keyboarding  math  numbersense  geography  socialstudies  science  manners  engineering  art  socialization  intrapersonalskills  via:lizettegreco 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Teachable Moment -
A good citizen questions, informs himself or herself, thinks issues through, reaches conclusions, and participates in public life. A good teacher helps students to understand that controversy is the lifeblood of democracy, to learn how to inquire into past and current controversial issues that are meaningful to them, and to participate in public life.

Some operating principles for teaching controversial issues in secondary schools:

1. Examine yourself… 2. Create a safe environment… 3. Find out what students know and think about an issue before beginning an inquiry… 4. Examine questions… 5. Have students experience multiple perspectives and the complexity of public issues… 6. Promote dialogue… 7. Be responsive to students' feelings and values… 8. Encourage both independent and collaborative work… 9. Provide opportunities for students to act on their conclusions…"

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deschooling  unschooling  history  socialstudies  controversial  controversy  literacy  democracy  lcproject  tcsnmy  pedagogy  education  learning  teaching  alanshapiro 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Customized Learning - The Slideshow | Education Rethink
Great set of slides from John T Spencer. Notes are forthcoming, but the slides should speak for themselves. These were for his Reform Symposium presentation in 2011. (I missed it, so I'm glad it put them online.)
johnspencer  teaching  learning  tcsnmy  differentiatedlearning  customization  self-directedlearning  student-centered  studentdirected  pedagogy  unschooling  deschooling  standards  mastery  presentations  classideas  networking  hierarchy  freedom  autonomy  projectbasedlearning  science  socialstudies  reading  writing  flexibility  choice  dialogue  relationships  conversation  assessment  metaphor  ownership  empowerment  fear  dialog  pbl 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Telling Their Stories
"High school students at the Urban School of San Francisco conduct and film interviews with Bay Area Holocaust survivors in their homes. Students then transcribe each 2-plus hour interview, create hundreds of movie files associated with each transcript, and then post the full-text, full-video interviews on this public website as a service to a world-wide audience interested in Holocaust studies. See Project Descriptions for a more detailed overview of the course and project.<br />
This is an ongoing, ever-changing, & constantly evolving project involving dozens of students, teachers, & community volunteers. The majority of efforts thus far have been applied to the actual interview process as well as posting interviews on this website… Our current strategy here is to simply provide information on our model."
digitalstorytelling  storytelling  oralhistory  classideas  socialstudies  history  urbanschool  sanfrancisco  tcsnmy  projectideas  film  documentary 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Not Even Past | "The past is never dead. It's not even past." - William Faulkner
"…provides dynamic, accessible, short articles on every field of History. Founded in 2010 & developed by the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, Not Even Past speaks to everyone interested in the past & in the ways the past lives on in the present.

History leaves no life untouched & the story of every life deserves to be told. Not Even Past is, first & foremost, a home for these stories. It is also a place for all who are interested in history to meet one another & share their viewpoints, to learn what books & films historians are reading and watching, and to gather perspectives on national, international, & Texas events of contemporary interest.

The title of the website reflects our professional and ethical commitment to understanding history as a public conversation about the importance of the past for our actions, values, and beliefs in the present and for the decisions we make today that will affect our lives—and those who come after us—tomorrow"
history  teaching  texas  socialstudies  memory  classideas  past  notevenpast 
january 2011 by robertogreco
iCivics | The Democracy Lab
"iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support."
civics  us  history  government  democracy  constitution  socialstudies  politics  games  gaming  education  elearning  icivics  interactive  courts 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Nagasaki Archive (En)
"In a situation like this, we started to consider if there is something new that we can engage, here from Nagasaki, the very place where the A-bomb struck. With all the abundant valuable resources in Nagasaki, a new approach to take advantage of them lead to this project. This project enables to access all of those resources from all over the world, which was formerly unable to do so. Moreover, by mapping the information with topographic data, the user can enhance the experience of what it was like when the A-bomb struck Nagasaki, in detail. "Nagasaki Archive" is an attempt to reorganize all of those information on a digital virtual globe (google earth). In order to make Nagasaki the last place on earth where the A-bomb struck, we hope that many people to interact with and learn from "Nagasaki Archive"."

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japan  ww2  wwii  secondlife  history  googlemaps  googleearth  socialstudies  images  teaching  atomicbomb  classideas  maps  mapping  nagasaki  us 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Those Awful Texas Social Studies Standards
"all this Texas bashing implies that standards everywhere else are good and fair and true. In fact, other states’ social studies standards have their own conservative biases (and occasional silliness) and deserve the same critical scrutiny that Texas’ new standards are receiving. Other states may not celebrate Jefferson Davis, but neither do they encourage teachers to equip students with the historical background and analytical tools that they’ll need to understand and address today’s social and environmental crises. …

Social studies should help students grasp knowledge and tools of analysis so as to make the world a better place. Social studies should help students name and explain obstacles to justice, peace, equality, and sustainability. Instead, social studies standards like Oregon’s are simply about covering material."
standards  us  history  curriculum  bias  2010  texas  oregon  california  breadth  teaching  schools  billbigelow  socialstudies  tcsnmy 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Primary Source Sets - For Teachers (Library of Congress)
"Sets of selected primary sources on specific topics, available as easy-to-print PDFs. Also, background material and tools to guide student analysis" [See also the "For Teachers" page: AND "Using Primary Sources" AND "Classroom Materials" among other school-specific resources available through the Library of Congress website]
congress  loc  curriculum  primarysources  research  government  education  history  lessonplans  teaching  socialstudies  classideas  tcsnmy  civilwar  baseball  dustbowl  poetry  immigration  assimilation  wrightbrothers  jamestown  wwii  ww2  jimcrow  naacp  civilrights  thanksgiving  war  veterans  westwardexpansion  suffrage  women  latinos  exploration  gender 
august 2010 by robertogreco
NBC Learn
"NBC Learn is the education arm of NBC News. We are making the global resources of NBC News and the historic film and video archive available to teachers, students, schools and universities.
nbclearn  nbc  education  video  videos  reference  socialstudies  science  history  news  body  brain  multimedia  tcsnmy  physics  olympics  technology  sports  bodies 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Job Outlook for Veteran Social Studies Teachers at Charter Schools
"My conclusion from all this is that charter schools just don't feel they can spend their personnel budget on high experience and salary history/social studies teachers. They have to save their money for tested subjects, then science, then realistically a lot of them would probably even prioritize arts above social studies. Given the current system, this is completely rational. Most charters cannot afford all experienced teachers, so they have to pick and choose."
education  schools  tomhoffman  experience  socialstudies  balance  money  arts  science  testing  standardizedtesting  policy  howarneduncanisbreakingthings  nclb  rttt  charterschools 
july 2010 by robertogreco Search over 57000 videos and 7 million photos
"View more than 57,000 historic videos and 7 million photos for FREE in one of the world's largest collections of royalty-free archival stock footage. Offering immediate downloads in more than 10 formats starting at just $1.97 (Consumer); $30 (Pro)."
via:cburell  archive  archives  creativecommons  history  images  socialstudies  database  videos  media  photography  criticalpast  education  film  tcsnmy 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Current Event Fridays - Bobulate [Great intro and then great advice about travel.]
"Once a week, Social Studies class would stray from textbooks. We wouldn’t read about national politics or international affairs or whatever else was of importance to sixth graders that week. Instead, it was Current Events Friday. We were instructed to inspect our local Times (there being only 2 in our small town) for a single news item we were to read aloud in class. There were no rules, of course; the significance of “news” was left up to us. 26 student clippings later — tag sales, local basketball games, an occasional mayoral event, the current rollerskating champion — we were proud. These weren’t by any means the stories Ms. Lyons had in mind, but they were what mattered. They were our stories.
memory  nostalgia  schools  lizdanzico  socialstudies  travel  experience  tcsnmy  cv  invitations  manifestos  howto 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Independent Lens . Classroom | PBS
"Welcome to Community Classroom, featuring curricula paired with specially edited video modules taken from the best of Independent Lens films, Web original projects and online activities. All lesson plans incorporate national standards, teaching strategies, worksheets and extension ideas. These free resources are a powerful tool for teaching and learning around issues crucial to education today. (Independent Lens programs can be taped off-air and used for educational purposes for up to one year from the broadcast premiere.)"
projectbasedlearning  environmentalism  civics  multidisciplinary  curriculum  education  pbs  socialstudies  lessonplans  community  film  tcsnmy  history  activism  pbl 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
"Welcome to Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms. This resource for K-12 teachers and students developed by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library is designed to bring historically significant map documents into your classroom. Inside are high quality images of historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions of American history.
maps  history  geography  lessonplans  socialstudies  worldhistory  us  lessons  education  k-12  teaching  reference 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Political Rhetoric, In Graph Form - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
"One can think of these two charts as data displays that reveal different aspects of data, but also as graphical political rhetoric. The different aspects of data are the sharp reduction in the rate of job loss shown so well in the OfA chart and the terrible cumulative loss to employment in the country that has not yet started to rebound that is shown in my chart. Both of those are "true facts" about the jobs data. They use exactly the same data, so differences are entirely matters of perspective and perception rather than "apples to oranges" comparisons. But while both are true stories, their substantive interpretations are quite different-- one is a story of an administration's success is stemming the tide of recession, the other is the high water mark of that tide, which has yet to begin receding."
truth  statistics  politics  recession  2010  mathematics  math  rhetoric  visualization  charts  socialstudies  economics  policy 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Zinn Education Project
"The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change."
howardzinn  democracy  education  middleschool  primarysources  socialstudies  activism  highschool  progressive  learning  technology  teaching  history  tcsnmy  americanhistory  lessonplans  us  sfsh 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Paul Halsall/Fordham University: Internet History Sourcebooks Project
"The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use."
education  art  teaching  online  database  primarysources  reference  literature  research  religion  resources  encyclopedia  search  documents  medieval  ancient  europe  history  ebooks  books  archives  world  socialstudies 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Main Page
"The Ancient and Modern Sourcebooks have a different role: since there are already ample online repositories of texts for these periods, the goal here is to provide and organize texts for use in classroom situations. Links to the larger online collections are provided for those who want to explore further. The distinctive feature of the Sourcebooks' layout remains here - the avoidance of images and multiple "clicking" to find texts."
archaeology  ancienthistory  research  reference  literature  rome  mesopotamia  primarysources  ancient  mythology  greek  education  culture  history  books  resources  religion  philosophy  greece  egypt  classics  worldhistory  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Essential Info
"Secondary sources are works of synthesis and interpretation based upon primary sources and the work of other authors. They may take a variety of forms. The authors of secondary sources develop their interpretations and narratives of events based on primary sources, that is, documents and other evidence created by participants or eyewitnesses. Frequently, they also take advantage of the work of other historians by using other secondary sources. For example, the author of the history textbook which you use in school probably did not use too many primary sources. Instead, textbook authors usually rely on secondary sources written by other historians. Given the wide range of topics covered by a typical textbook, textbook authors could not possibly find and use all the relevant primary sources themselves."
primarysources  secondarysources  history  teaching  socialstudies  tcsnmy  learning  researching  via:cburell 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Document Analysis Worksheets
"The following document analysis worksheets were designed and developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration. You may find these worksheets useful as you introduce students to various documents. Thousands of documents are available throughout sections of the National Archives website, including: Teaching With Documents, Online Exhibits, and the ARC Online Catalog."
worksheets  primarysources  teaching  socialstudies  history  nationalarchives  us  analysis  tcsnmy  via:cburell 
september 2009 by robertogreco
SCIM-C: Historical Inquiry
"For Harry Potter and his compatriots, history lessons at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry took the form of brain-deadening encounters with a subject that appeared devoid of inquiry, imagination, interpretation, and personal meaning. This kind of history teaching, however, is not merely the 'stuff of fiction.' Lamentably, the teaching and learning of history as an officially sanctioned, neatly packaged chronicle of facts, people, and events, too often continues to be the experience of current students.
education  history  literacy  socialstudies  researching  teaching  tcsnmy  methods  inquiry  primarysources  via:cburell 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Our Courts - Homepage
"Our Courts is web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

Current resources on the site include: quality online lesson plans and links to teaching resources and each branch of government in your state. These resources, written and compiled by classroom teachers, are practical solutions to classroom needs. For students, we have interactive features like Civics in Action, and Talk to the Justice, where students can tell each other and Justice O’Connor about their opinions and their civic participation."
government  civics  education  law  socialstudies  games  courts  middleschool  tcsnmy  seriousgames 
august 2009 by robertogreco
EyeWitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it
"Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming."
history  reference  education  socialstudies  world  ancient  middleages  medieval  renaissance  us  europe  asia  tcsnmy 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Wanderlust: GOOD traces the most famous trips in history
"When Spain commissioned Ferdinand Magellan to find a westward route to the Spice Islands in 1519, the explorer commanded five ships and 240 men. Six years later, nearly every member of the expedition, including its commander, was dead. When the American writer Jack Kerouac tried in 1951 to find the words to convey his wayward journey through the United States and Mexico, he commanded a typewriter and a massive stash of Benzedrine. After a few weeks, the first draft of On the Road was completed. These are just two of the journeys that have left indelible marks on our collective maps, and are endless sources of fascination. Here is compilation of some of the most famous jaunts of all time—both factual and fictional—that show us how far we’ve come, and where we might go next."
maps  mapping  history  adventure  exporation  roadtrips  travel  visualization  geography  world  literature  education  cartography  socialstudies  interactive  writing  infographics  tcsnmy 
june 2009 by robertogreco
About the Zinn Education Project | The Zinn Education Project
"The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of A People’s History of the United States in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. Students learn that history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but instead by people’s choices and actions and therefore students’ own choices and actions also matter. We believe that through taking a more engaging and more honest look at the past, we can help equip students with the analytical tools to make sense of — and improve — the world today."
howardzinn  education  history  socialstudies  middleschool  highschool  teaching  learning  tcsnmy  society  civics 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Wikijunior:Ancient Civilizations - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
"The target age of this title is 8-12 years old. Section titles will include major groups of people or substantial empires in ancient times. The print version will focus only on answering a specific series of questions about selected civilizations. There will be an introduction and a basic discussion of archaeology.
ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  curriculum  socialstudies  tcsnmy  classideas  reference  textbooks  encyclopedia  history 
september 2008 by robertogreco
MacroHistory : World History
"I describe humanity from its beginning to the 21st century - a gigantic subject that requires help from people who have done good works. I've drawn from those who have devoted their professional lives to a deeper and more narrow focus of study. The purpose is to address any query concerning a major development that could at some point have been answered by time, as in "time will tell." In other words the purpose is to illuminate historical trends, to describe the works of monarchs, tyrants and priests, the promises of prophets and politicians and the expectations of revolutionaries and military strategists. The best I can offer in my narratives is bits and pieces in a sketched order - in place of that which encyclopedias offer in fragmentation."
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  vikings  images  timelines  worldhistory  reference  geography  world  maps 
august 2008 by robertogreco
World History by History Link 101
"The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more."
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  images 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Images from History: An image archive to support the teaching and study of world history
"Images from World History is a collection of digitalized photographs and maps to support the teaching of history at the upper secondary school and university level.
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  images 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Alice Rawsthorn: In the creative world, the only constant is change - International Herald Tribune
"rewind through design history, most thrilling periods are ones of greatest change, when designers interpreted shifts in science, technology, behavior and politics for the rest of us." Technological, environmental, systemic, and change for change's sake.
change  design  socialstudies  classideas  history  technology  environment 
july 2008 by robertogreco
A World History Book for All Ages and Reading Levels: Gombrich’s “A Little History of the World” | Beyond School
"Gombrich...wrote A Little History of the World for children...results are overall wonderful: the readability level, lexically & syntactically, is appropriate for eight-year-olds, but better still, so is the tone...succeeds at restoring the wonders of sto
clayburell  worldhistory  learning  bigpicture  history  world  education  books  socialstudies  classideas  civilization  ehgombrich 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Annenberg Media - A Biography of America
"A Biography of America is a telecourse and video series that presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs."
us  education  history  biography  socialstudies  ushistory  humanities  curriculum  lessons  video  tcsnmy  via:cburell 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Budget Hero | Marketplace from American Public Media
"if you ever wanted to control where your tax dollars go, here's your chance to decide.
politics  economics  government  education  budget  us  simulations  seriousgames  gaming  games  money  socialstudies 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Sandra Day O'Connor: Game Designer | Game | Life from
"detailed a project she is spearheading called Our Courts, which she described as an "online, interactive civic education project for seventh- and eighth-graders" that familiarizes students with the legal system"
sandradayoconnor  law  legal  games  gaming  learning  education  seriousgames  play  middleschool  classideas  government  us  socialstudies 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Food Fight
"abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggressio
animation  film  history  humor  multimedia  war  us  stop-motion  socialstudies  politics  youtube  video  food 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Three Uses of Diigo in the History and Language Arts Classroom | Beyond School
"I’m a fairly quiet person who tends to be happy roaming solo in his own flow...Schooliness is Web 1.0 (if it’s web at all), and our students seem to prefer schooliness over anything new every bit as much as their teachers do. A word to the wise."
diigo  clayburell  teaching  learning  education  schools  online  web  annotation  bookmarks  highlighting  classes  literature  socialstudies  history 
march 2008 by robertogreco
The ReDistricting Game
"It is not easy to make the redistricting process understandable -- and near-miraculous to be able to do so in a highly entertaining way. But that is just what The Redistricting Game does, to the gratitude of all who want Americans to understand how this
democracy  education  games  policy  politics  socialstudies  teaching  maps  mapping  visualization  us  government  elections  simulations 
june 2007 by robertogreco
What the World Eats | Photo Essays | TIME
"What's on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet""
comparison  cooking  travel  world  food  culture  health  global  photography  classideas  sustainability  storytelling  statistics  diet  eating  socialstudies  society  visualization  groceries  consumerism  consumption  economics 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Footnote - The place for original documents online
"At you will find millions of images of original source documents, many of which have never been available online before."
annotation  bibliography  citation  community  government  collaboration  history  genealogy  encyclopedia  wiki  socialstudies  reference  research  records  documents  literature  national  us 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Making History : Demo Just Days Away
This true grand strategy game places you as the leader of a country where you use your strategic skills to make policy decisions which affect the outcome of world history. Each scenario establishes a historically accurate situation; from there on in histo
games  videogames  education  history  learning  socialstudies  teaching  technology 
october 2006 by robertogreco
The Morning News - Sean Wilentz
"Our man in Boston talks to historian Sean Wilentz about social studies vs. history, purple prose in founding-father biographies, and how “states rights” started trumping slavery in Jefferson Davis’s memoirs."
history  education  learning  us  socialstudies  memory  books  biographies 
october 2006 by robertogreco

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