Investigating Personal Primary Sources with Elementary Students

April 16, 2020 By Melissa Knowles

Where do you find elementary school historians? The answer can be right in your digital classroom!

15 Classic Novels with Social Studies Themes

April 13, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

Classic literature is often reserved for English or Writing courses, but in secondary social studies classrooms, historical novels written about specific eras and themes can have as much merit as a traditional textbook. Teachers can use the following examples as a guide to teach their students social studies themes, including politics, government, sociology, and various historical eras. 

Illustrating Essential Questions Using the TV News

April 9, 2020 By Cynthia Resor

Essential questions ask students to consider the “big picture” of a topic. Answering an essential question is not easy, or quick, but these questions encourage students to explore wider and deeper. Information must be gathered, analyzed, and synthesized to construct quality answers.   Therefore, students must also be able to answer the “just the fact” questions.

Adapting Social Studies Best-Practices to Distance Learning

April 7, 2020 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

In these changing times, what are some of the social studies best-practices that we can apply in a remote learning environment?

Popular Culture Isn’t a New Thing: Considering the Present by Examining the Past

March 26, 2020 By Cynthia Resor

Popular culture is the culture of the majority or the masses of people in a society—what a large part of a population believes or does, and objects representing beliefs or activities within that society. In the modern world, popular culture is spread and advertised by mass media through the internet and social media; television, movies, and radio; and printed books, magazines, and newspapers.

As Your District Goes Remote, Our Digital Platforms Are Here to Provide Support

March 19, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

School and district closures are rippling across the nation and the world as our communities join together to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In times like these, it’s more important than ever for educators and students to discover the power of digital learning.

3 Ways to Connect the Industrial Revolution to the Modern World

March 19, 2020 By Cynthia Resor

The Industrial Revolution of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries transformed technology, the economy, and daily life. Today, we are living in the midst of a technological and internet revolution. While the terms for this modern transformation vary somewhat (information technology revolution, fourth industrial revolution, globalization, social media revolution), the impact on our daily lives is undeniable. The impact of our modern revolution may seem unique in the span of human history. However, many of these seemingly new trends are part of a much longer story of change. The following three examples can be useful in connecting the past to the present.

Changes in K-12 Education To Watch in 2020

March 16, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

This year has already proven to be a whirlwind for many schools and districts across the nation. Between educational strikes resulting in negotiations between lawmakers and teachers and a global pandemic causing schools to scramble for alternative learning methods, there are many trends and changes in the field of education to watch this year.

How to Transition to a Blended Social Studies Curriculum

March 13, 2020 By Jessica Hayes

A few years ago, I “splashed” into the blended learning scene only to abandon it several months in. There were a few reasons why, and you can read about them in my blog post here. But I don't say this to scare you off! If I knew then what I know now, I would have definitely made some changes to my approach. I’ve learned many things that I can now share from my experience.

“Going Viral” Isn’t a New Thing: Teaching Media Literacy with Historical Examples

March 10, 2020 By Cynthia Resor

Going viral is the rapid spread of information, not diseases. The phrase entered the English language in the late 1980s and is usually associated with the internet, email, or social media but can also refer to information spread by word of mouth.