Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 3, April

Editor's Notebook
The contributors to this issue of Social Education highlight opportunities to engage students actively in social studies subjects by using currently available instructional technology. The articles abound with teaching suggestions on topics ranging...
Historicalthinkingmatters.org: Using the Web to Teach Historical Thinking
On Constitution Day, September 17, 2002, the National Archives and Records Administration and its partners launched OurDocuments.Gov, a website that put the most important documents of American history into the hands of anyone with an Internet connection....
Open Secrets: Using the Internet to Learn about the Influence of Money in Politics
With the 2008 election quickly approaching, candidates continue the scramble to fund their campaigns--collecting money from individuals, corporations, and labor unions. Students can learn a great deal about our political system by examining how politicians...
Sharpening Citizenship Skills through Electronic Discussion
At the heart of social studies education is the notion that social studies teachers teach core civic values that educate citizens and perpetuate democracy. As our democratic system continues to evolve, technology is playing a greater role in how we...
"Standing": Who Can Sue to Protect the Environment?
In recent decades, the environment has become a focus of intense national interest. Increasingly, individuals, organizations, and governmental entities have turned to the courts for resolution of environmental debates. Litigants in the courts must,...
Steam Man and Airships: Technology of the Future in the Past
Americans have always dreamed about the future and its possibilities. In the late nineteenth century--called "the Gilded Age" by Mark Twain--the nation's interest in the future was combined with an explosion of technological advancements, such as the...
The "Starving Time" Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry
During our careers as teachers, professional development specialists, and teacher educators, we have made perpetual attempts to develop instructional strategies and tools for engaging students in historical inquiry. Emphasis in recent years in the...
The Technology of Unequal Rights for Women: Patent Drawings of a Voting Machine
In 1878, Senator Aaron A. Sargent of California introduced to the Senate an amendment to the Constitution "Conferring upon Women the Right of Suffrage." Drafted by Susan B. Anthony, this same amendment would be introduced on a near-yearly basis until...
Using Digital Resources to Explore the Role of Children in the Framing of Social Issues
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson's famous presidential campaign ad titled "Peace Little Girl (Daisy)" aired only once, but the image of an innocent little girl counting flower petals incited strong emotional reaction. As the girl calls out numbers, her voice...
What Websites Are on My Favorite List?
I've been writing this column for several years now, and I am continually amazed at how much e-mail I receive from readers--recommending additional sites on that issue's topic, telling me how they used the sites in their classrooms, and asking questions...
Window into the White House
Have you ever wanted to eavesdrop on American presidents as they deliberate, agonize, debate, discuss, or reflect on key policy issues? An exciting online resource, www.whitehousetapes.org, makes this possible. From 1940-1973, six presidents (from...
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