Social Studies Virtual Conference 2011
Sponsored by Pearson
October 17th – October 20th
Always Connected, Always Learning
Join Pearson and Social Studies educators from across the country during the second annual Social Studies Virtual Conference. For five days our respected authors and education experts will provide value-packed information on hot topics in elementary and secondary social studies education such as the digital classroom, Common Core implementation, Professional Development, and Advanced Placement. You’ll be able to participate, ask questions, and prepare your social studies students for the future.
Monday, October 17th
Peter B. Levy
Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement: Integrating the North into the Struggle for Racial Equality
Oct. 17 | 9:30-10:30 AM EST
This session will examine recent scholarship on the civil rights movement, focusing on the struggle for racial equality that took place outside of the Deep South, including battles for equal housing and employment, for community control of schools, and political power.
Making the Economic Geography Component More Interesting
Oct. 17 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST
Mr. Rubenstein will help high school teachers with information on teaching the economic geography component within the human geography course in addition to the cultural elements.
Pop Culture Goes to War
Oct. 17 | 12:30-1:30 PM EST
In this lecture we will discuss the role that popular culture–including films, sports, songs, and comic books–played on the American home front during W.W. II. In a conflict that was not fought in the United States, popular culture helped Americans imagine the war.
Stephanie Keller and Allison Deines
Roots & Shoots Curriculum-Based Learning Program for K-12 Classrooms
Oct. 17 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Learn how to incorporate quality service learning into your social studies classroom through the development of one, focused campaign project. Attendees will leave with a full overview of the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, and the complimentary resources and materials available on the Roots & Shoots Curriculum-Based Service Learning Program website.
James W. Fraser
Teaching with the New AP U.S. History Standards
Oct. 17 | 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Mr. Fraser will discuss upcoming changes to the AP United States History course and present strategies for teaching to the new course topic standards.
Tuesday, October 18th
Kate Lang & Sara Hassan
Take Your Classroom Global!
Oct. 18th | 9:30-10:30 AM EST
Discuss how teachers around the world are using TakingITGlobal’s award-winning virtual classroom platform and innovative global projects to safely connect students with global peers, humanizing global challenges and inspiring youth to work together for positive change.
Kathy Swan & Mark Hofer
Digital Documentary Making for the Social Studies Classroom
Oct. 18th | 11:00AM-12:00 PM EST
Learn how to use digital moviemaking in your social studies classroom to engage students, have them explore topics that are personally important while providing opportunities to further the writing process, content investigation, collaboration, authentic assessment, as well as 21st Century skills.
Kate Lang & Sara Hassan
Oct. 18th | 12:30-1:30 PM EST
Learn how to include global perspectives in the classroom by providing a free online community along with a collection of resources for schools implementing Pearson’s middle grades social studies curriculums, myWorldGeography and myWorldHistory.
Katie Porro & Jennie Lam
Tikatok: Digital Story Books
Oct. 18th | 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Learn about our new digital tool and how it uses storytelling to bring elementary social studies content to life while making it meaningful and personal for students.
My Shrinking 21st Century World
Oct. 18th | 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Discuss how the myWorld social studies program is uniquely designed to help students build the a geographical, historical, social and technical knowledge and skills required of citizens living and working in our 21st century global community. Discuss how technology and social media are networking and shrinking the world of our students.
Tuesday, October 19th
Connect to Your World and Your History Through myStory
Oct. 19th | 9:30-10:30 PM EST
Learn how to connect students personally and more deeply to geography and history through videos of real teenagers and graphic novels featuring historical figures.
Jim Doris and Mark Staloff
21st Century Tools: Integrating Apps and eTexts in the Social Studies Curriculum
Oct. 19th | 11:00AM-12:00 PM EST
Participants will be introduced to new, innovative test prep, vocabulary and gaming apps. These motivational resources will help students access and succeed on standardized tests. We will explore the following Apps: MyFlash Card Maker, U.S. and World History Games Apps, and U.S. and World History Test Prep Apps.
Places Teach! Bringing the National Parks to Your Classroom
Oct. 19th | 12:30-1:30 PM EST
The National Park Service is dedicated to using important places to teach about history, science and our country. Explore our National Parks digitally as well as learn how to use this valuable resource.
Team Teaching in the Social Sciences
Oct. 19th | 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Mr. Elmhorst will present Team Teaching in the Social Sciences using highlights from an article he wrote for TOPSS and his direct experience in team teaching.
Colonial Williamsburg: The Great Debate: Encouraging Civil Discourse
Oct 19th | 3:30-4:30 PM EST
In this session we will learn how to encourage civil discourse through the exploration of the four value tensions: Law vs. Ethics, Freedom vs. Equality, Private Wealth vs. Common Wealth and Unity vs. Diversity. This unique case study approach will bring your classroom discussions alive.
Tuesday, October 20th
Common Core Standards in the Social Studies Classroom
Oct. 20th | 9:30-10:30 AM EST
CNN Student News
Oct. 20th | 11:00AM-12:00 PM EST
Learn about CNN Student News, a commercial-free daily news program for middle and high school classrooms that will help you inform and engage your students. CNN Student News is CNN’s contribution to Cable in the Classroom and is produced by the journalists and educators at CNN.
George C. Edwards III
Evaluating the Electoral College
Oct. 20th | 1:30-2:30 PM EST
Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and the Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies provides an engaging viewpoint on evaluating the Electoral College.
Teaching the 2012 Election
Oct. 20th | 3:00-4:00 PM EST
This class is designed to help instructors fine-tune and update their class material related to presidential elections. Among other things, it will cover recent changes in the Electoral College, campaign finance, the nomination process, and voter dynamics. Much has changed in the past four years and this session will help instructors stay on top of these changes.