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!  

Historic Places Aren't Boring: Engaging Students in Diverse Historic Places in the Classroom

Why Historic Places? 

Places in the classroom can encompass many things, and cross-curricular ideas can easily emerge using simple technology tools in conjunction with a connection to a place in our world. 

As we  discuss the importance of diversity in the classroom, diverse historic places can lead students on a journey of inquiry.  For educators and students alike, place can be a hard thing to define, yet it plays a role in almost all content areas depending on the lens we employ as teacher or student. Finding those little known places that tie into rich discussions and civic conversations can be a challenge. We hope the resources below can help support great learning in the classroom.

Inquiry and Historic Places

Think about moving your students up the ladder of critical thinking by concentrating on all levels of Depths of Knowledge or Blooms  Taxonomy using key questions. How about asking your students to consider these key ideas surrounding historic places? 

What role does this historic site have in the shaping of local, state, or national history?

How does this place play a role in the transfer of of goods and services across the region?

How is this place illuminated in the stories and literature written about this region?

How did the architects and engineers consider the environment when designing the building which is now here? 

What stories may be hidden or untold about these historic places? 

What types of lens can be used to examine the role of this historic places in history? 

How can we preserve this place for future generations?  (or maybe open the debate of if it should be preserved at all?)

Diversity Resources for Historic Places

Check out this shared document for resources that support the inclusion of diversity in the classroom using historic places. 

Research Resources for Learning About Historic Places

This is by far not an exhaustive list of resources but it gives some simple ideas on how to bring the study of place to your students through simple analyzation strategies and project-based learning.

Local and State History:

Explore your local historic sites and community resources. Small museums are often much more flexible in their learning resources and many offer the chance to get hands-on experiences with primary sources. Some may have a challenge in staffing, but it is worth checking them out! Many have rich stories that are quiet ones that should be told.

State and National Landmarks Listing: 
Local, State, and National Landmarks: Local, State, and National Historic Landmarks exist across the entire United States. Many are unknown to students. Share with students the local landmarks in your area and what makes them important to your community. Consider including the story of one of the landmarks in your local area in your history studies by having students research and explore the places which surround them or that they are interested in across the state.

Teaching with Historic Places Resources:

Check out the National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places Website and Teaching Page: 

Another option is to have younger students check out the Web Ranger Program. You can find and explore our well known and smaller parks and historic sites online:

Look for regional consortiums. One of the best places to start is your state tourism department, (or one in another state you are studying). Check out your state office of historic preservation or your state landmarks program. 
Regional museums and local historic sites work together to make history come alive. Some nice examples include:  

National Underground Railroad Trail: 

Local List of Lincoln Sites: 

Civil War Trust: 

National Resources:

Teaching with Primary Sources- The Library of Congress ( Check out maps, photos, and Building America Collections! ) 

National Association for State and Local History

National Alliance for Preservation Commissions

National Geographic: 

The National Park Service

The National Archives
The White House Historical Association

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Global Resources:

Flat Classroom Project: 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Visualizing Cultures