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I’ve been looking over the Teaching History with Technology website, adding several of the referenced lessons and activities to the Ohio Resource Center’s social studies collection. I’d like to share information about this one-stop resource that can help teachers incorporate technology more effectively with instruction. The website offers links to lesson plans, activities, projects, games […]

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Ohio eTextbook Pilot The Ohio Resource Center is working with the Ohio Board of Regents on the Ohio eTextbook Pilot, a $6 million grant program funded by the State of Ohio. The pilot is designed to facilitate the purchase of digital texts, electronic educational content, and professional development and training resources. All Ohio public school […]

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A large part of my job here at the Ohio Resource Center is reviewing digital resources for social studies. I stumbled upon one recently that’s just full of instructional possibilities! The Knoema World Data Atlas is a knowledge platform  (pronounced ‘No Ma’) that offers a plethora of social, economic, geographic and political data on every […]

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While participating in this year’s Ohio Center for Law Related Education Conference, I got the chance to hear Jane Ann Craig from the Texas center. She offered some great activities for students as they read the Articles of Confederation and evaluate its impact on the US Constitution. With her permission, I want to share some […]

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“The New Age of Exploration ” is this year’s theme for Geography Awareness Week happening November 17th through the 23rd. Celebrated along with the National Geographic Society’s 125th Birthday,  this year’s theme highlights the way geography enables us all to be explorers. Peruse the rich archive of past Geography Awareness Week materials that are posted […]

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According to the National Council for the Social Studies, an effective citizen is able to: Understand and embrace democratic ideals; Accept responsibility for personal, family and community well-being; Understand how individuals, history and traditions impact the world. Understand our nation’s founding documents, civic institutions and political processes; Develop an awareness of issues and events that […]

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If you’ve been following this blog lately, you realize that I’ve been looking at non-fiction texts for use in the social studies classroom. While looking yesterday at books on the Eastern Hemisphere, I made a couple of observations about the selection process. First, It’s often interesting to look at the background of a series creator […]

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I just watched a video in which Historian Sam Wineburg explains the process historians use to investigate what happened in the past. Focusing on the question of what really happened at the Battle of Lexington in 1775, the video reveals that historical evidence is often contradictory, but may be all that historians have to go on. […]

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I’ll be presenting July 31st at Hilliard’s Innovative Learning Conference and thought it  helpful to post my participant materials on the Let’s Talk Social  Studies Blog for ease of access. The links below provide access to the PowerPoint for the Using Multi-genre Text Sets with Regions and People of the Western and Eastern Hemisphere presentation, the […]

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A great way to peak student interest in social studies is to introduce a topic with an appropriate work of fiction or non-fiction. As students become engaged by something they can relate to, they form questions that lead to further inquiry. One of our Ohio Resource Center Ambassadors, Shirley Herzog, a retired teacher, has graciously agreed to […]

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