Using Historical Cartoons to Engage Students in Civic Conversations Thorough Multiple Lens

The Library of Congress has a myriad of resources that support outstanding inquiry lessons. In a world that is focused on media, civil discourse (and sometimes not so civil discourse) and primary sources, it is critical to teach students how to think about what they are seeing. 

The Herblock Collection of historic political cartoons is a beautiful way to have students explore issues from history which may still have relevance today. In addition, the Library of Congress Analysis Guides for Political Cartoons can help guide the analysis of these primary sources and provide a foundation for discussion. 

For some exceptional resources that are strong in methodology check out the Project Zero Strategy from Harvard School of Education or these resources we have tweaked with task cards and reflections sheets for group work. 

We are thrilled to share these at #CCSS2018 (The Colorado Council of Social Studies ) and our colleagues. Enjoy and here are more resources too! 


TLD 2018

Thank you for joining us at Teacher Librarian Days. Dr. Schendal, and the geeks sure enjoyed working with you!

Here are the connections to the resources we have shared with you today- ENJOY!

Primary Source and Picture Books QR Codes:

Summer Institute Resources
National Museum of Forest Service History Partnership Resources
Strategies Toolkit Shared by Pearson and Schendel
Books Suggested by Educators at TLD


VSTE Take Your Classroom Around the World in Eighty Ways

Click on the picture for a link to the presentation or use the bit.ly link! 

VSTE in Roanoke, Virginia learning and presenting a session on how to take your classroom around the world in 80 ways!  We encourage our students to collaborate, communicate, think critically and be creative but do we provide the global interactions that will help them move beyond the four walls of our classrooms and practice their digital citizenship in a global way? 

The session covers global projects like the Global Read Aloud, Flat Classroom, Global Climate Project, and joining Paul Salopek, Harvard and National Geographic in the Out of Eden walk around the world.  KIVA and their KIVA U with microloans for people all over the world dealing with poverty will highlight the session.  Come and join us or click on the pictures for the presentation and for at least 80 ways to take your classroom around the world! 



Media Literacy Today

Thanks for being with us! We are tickled to share this information with you! You can access the presentation and the links to student resources below. Please let us know if you have questions - we are happy to support your work with students!

Contact Information: 

Kile Clabaugh, TPS Colorado (KClabaug@msudenver.edu)

Laura Israelsen, Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Michelle Pearson, Educator (Michelle.L.Pearson@adams12.org)


NCSS Conference and Sessions!

NCSS Conference 2017

We are excited to be in San Francisco this week to share and learn! We have two poster sessions and two conference sessions!   As a Social Studies Teacher and Librarian, we love Primary sources and it shows this week.  We are using primary sources with picture books to help guide inquiry and add background knowledge to our lessons for all students with a focus on secondary classrooms.  Primary sources then meet technology tools.  
As geeky teachers, we are always looking at the latest tools and evaluating their classroom applications.  Web 2.0 tools meet more primary sources with 20 tools and ideas for using them for analysis, presentation, assessment and sharing.  Have you thought about the current media landscape knowing that most millennials get their news from their social media accounts.  How can we help our students navigate the internet and find the credible resources that they need for research.  Can social media be categorized and used as a primary source?  We will explore these ideas and offer some ideas for your classroom.  

Come and see us on Friday at the Poster Sessions where we will be highlighting ways to use primary sources and technology tools with picture books - MS and HS will LOVE this!  

We are also demonstrating 250 ways to use tech tools with primary sources!  Need a new idea?  Come and see us at the poster sessions!

This afternoon we will be presenting a session about how History is NOT Old and BORING!  Let us help you partner with resources, agencies and programs that will help take your history teaching beyond your classroom walls and into NEW and EXCITING!  

Join us Saturday morning for a sesssion on Media Literacy and how to help your students to be ethical users of information in a changing landscape.  Where do you find the good stuff?  Is social medial a primary source?  We will be exploring these issues and demonstrating Nearpod!