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Thank you for your interest in Pearson’s Social Studies Virtual Conference. All of the recordings from the 2012 Virtual Conference are listed below for you to watch and learn about hot topics in elementary and secondary social studies education.
Chip Brady, co-founder of The DBQ Project, will examine how to teach Document-Based Questions (DBQs) in a way that is accessible to all skill levels, grades 4-12. Highlighting our US, World, and Civics programs, participants will be exposed to the various stages that must be attended to if they are serious about reaching all students and grade levels. Particular attention will be placed on the hook, the importance of contextual knowledge, individual document analysis, and argument writing. Discussion will focus on how districts can use The DBQ Project Method and program to vertically align some of their Common Core efforts in both ELA and Social Studies. The intended audience is upper elementary through high school teachers and school leaders.
New to myWorld and need some help taking it all in? Presenter J.C. Santos was in your position a year ago and has spent some time exploring the vastness of the text and its extension activities. His current seventh grade social studies class, titled “Exploring our world through multimedia,” will serve as one model among numerous possibilities for teaching this curriculum which his students have found extremely engaging. During this workshop, not only will you walk through the curriculum content and organization, but share your own ideas that you’ve brought to your own class.
Talk with a Smithsonian educator to learn methods for integrating objects into social studies teaching and to discover free online resources for teaching American history from Smithsonian’s History Explorer.
This presentation will share information and practical tools from the Nation’s Report Card at grades 4, 8, and 12, including a demonstration of complimentary online resources teachers and policymakers can use to improve achievement in these key social studies disciplines.
The twelve short stories, masterpieces by authors like Hawthorne, Twain, Hurston, and Cisneros, were selected with critical thinking experiences in mind. The sets of social studies activities to use with them include role plays, debates, research projects, inquiry tasks, logic and writing tasks. There are also dozens of literary terms, skills, and discussion starters, all enclosed with each story.
Learn how My Voice is helping student voice become a powerful part of the 2012 Election and how our year-round polling and surveys are helping young people change their schools and communities around the country.
The year’s presidential election presents a unique opportunity to inspire a generation of future voters. By creating authentic learning experiences, we can encourage students to have their voices heard on what matters most to them. In this session, middle school teacher Libby Gray Brien talks about how to utilize blogging as an authentic outlet for expressing individual views on election issues. Whether you are already using blogs in your classroom or you’re a newbie, Libby’s experience and expertise will demonstrate the most effective ways for students to share their voice inside and outside of the classroom walls.
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Our nation’s system of education was founded to ensure all American’s know their rights and responsibilities as citizens. In recent years, Civics along with many other essential subjects have not received the time and attention they deserve. The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools has developed a list of recommendations to strengthen and improve civic learning for all students, including six proven practices that make civic and service learning engaging to students. ‘Democracy needs to be re-born in each generation and education is it’s midwife’ said John Dewey, this session will focus on how to revitalize civic learning for all students.
Using examples of assignments focused on Critical Thinking Skills and Project Based Learning activities, the presentation will introduce ways in whcih teachers can resolve the "coverage vs. depth" debate by getting students more deeply engaged in their own learning, more motivated to want to know more, and more prepared to be able to demonstrate their learning in both internal class assignments and external assessments including state mandated tests or the College Board's AP Exam in U.S. History.
TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) is host to a community of over 7,900 educators in 135 countries who are interested in empowering their students to think and act as world citizens. With a virtual classroom and collaboration platform designed to support international learning partnerships, and programming in the 3 key areas of global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and student voice, TIGed helps students to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.
In partnership with Pearson Education, the myWorld TIGed program utilizes TIGed’s virtual classroom platform and online resources to address the Essential Questions and 21st Century Learning Activities found in Pearson’s myWorld Geography and myWorld History programs. myWorld History and Geography customers have free access to myWorld TIGed. This fun and interactive resource helps students connect to different cultures and peoples, experience the world in new ways, and understand the key ideas of world geography and world history.
This presentation will provide an introduction to the myWorld TIGed program, and TIGed’s virtual classroom platform where collaboration on myWorld issues with other classes around the world is made possible. TIGed’s regions pages - an interactive online atlas - and educational games that are included in the myWorld program portfolio will also be introduced. Join us to start taking your classroom global with myWorld TIGed!
Join us as we explore PBS’ offering of educational resources for the social studies classroom… including a new collection of election-based content! This session will preview relevant PBS programs, highlight professional development opportunities, and introduce you to PBS LearningMedia: a free digital library that provides access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted resources. This PreK-12 service features online resources from more than 90 educational producers including The National Archives, NASA, PBS NewsHour, and Super WHY! All attendees for this session will include a discount code good for their next purchase through PBS TeacherShop.
This presentation will focus on the job as a supervisor. Who is your support if you don’t have a support group? How do you fit it all in when you have various roles?
Meet with Smithsonian educators to engage in classroom activities that integrate reading and American history and learn about free online resources from Smithsonian’s History Explorer and OurStory.
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