Next Generation Social Studies
Do you have questions about the 2013 National History Day theme?
On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm ET, NHD held an online discussion about this year’s theme where staff members will address questions from teachers, students and parents.
To send us questions Please make sure you have “NHD THEME DISCUSSION” in your email subject line and use the email@example.com email address.
For Information go to www.nhd.org. where all questions and their answers will be posted on the discussion page on the NHD website as quickly as possible in the order received.
The My Voice National Student Mock Election has launched My Election Polls [http://www.nationalmockelection.org/polls/]. Your students can sound off on issues of national importance leading up to the federal and state elections.
Examples topics include: Defining Success and Bullying. New polls will be posted twice a week, so be sure to check back.
Meet My Voice National Student Mock Election Partner – Rand McNally
Rand McNally’s Play the Election helps students understand the election process through a collaborative, digital teaching tool. Students will predict the election winners for each state on an interactive election map, and compare predictions from their class to other classrooms across the country. To learn more about this and the other election offerings from Rand McNally, visit our curriculum page: www.nationalmockelection.org/curriculum
Wonderful West Virginia News
Student Essay Contest
Seeking Inspirational West Virginians …
In celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, the staff of Wonderful West Virginia is pleased to announce an essay contest for West Virginia students in grades 6 through 12. Two winning essays, one by a middle school student and one by a high school student, will be selected by magazine staff. The winners will each receive $500, and the winning essays will be published in the May 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia.
Students attending any West Virginia school, and those who are home schooled in the state, are eligible. Students wishing to participate in the contest should submit an essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following:
“Name a West Virginian, living or deceased, well known or not, who inspires you and state why. How has this person’s example impacted your choices and actions? Or, how might it impact them in the future?”
Essays will be judged on content, originality, and writing proficiency. Essays should be typed and double spaced. Students should include their name, school, grade, and e-mail address or telephone number.
Essays may be sent via e-mail as a Microsoft Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to Wonderful West Virginia Student Essay Contest, c/o WVDNR, 324 Fourth Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25304.
Essays must be received via e-mail or postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.
Joey Wiseman, WVDE
This video is only 3 minutes long. I urge you to watch it twice.
1st viewing – just watch
Watch it again from the beginning and take note of a few items:
- The students have clear task – build a bridge. They know exactly what is expected.
- The students are fully aware of their progress. No need to ask the teacher what their grade is. They see it all the time.
- The students are using technology but it isn’t about the tech. It is about THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
- There is parent involvement.
- There is involvement from experts outside the classroom.
- The teacher is in full control and can see the progress of every student, instantly.
- The students are engaged in a project that actually applies to the real world. It is APPLICABLE.
- Several classrooms were connected together.
- Assessment was continuous, without ever having a standard paper based, fill in the blank test.
- This project involved math, science, social studies, technology, collaboration, problem solving, problem based learning and student engagement ALL AT THE SAME TIME! (As opposed to doing 50 math problems on a worksheet.)
Here’s the thing, while the exact technology doesn’t exist in our classrooms yet, the concept is absolutely doable TODAY! Most of the concepts and similar technologies in the video are available readily in our classrooms and yet the remain largely unused.
We have people all over the state that are trained to bring these ideas to life. You just have to be willing to try.
Please share this message.
Office of Instructional Technology
This is a resource to assist Honors Social Studies in grade 8.
Courtesy WVDE and Jefferson Co