We are about to set out on an amazing journey meeting many fabulous people. Since September 11 we have heard a lot about these people. They are American heroes! We will search for sites containing lesson plans and information about these fabulous people. What will we do with this information? Each student will locate lesson plans using MarcoPolo, have online chats with others in the class, and discover wonderful sites to use in the development of a web quest for their students.
Economics and the Internet
This course is designed to help the high school teacher improve personal and student mastery of economics and to help students prepare for economics competitions and the AP exam. I hope that you enjoy the course.
Islam 101: Myths and Realities
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States and the world, with approximately 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide, and an estimated 7 million in North America. Since 9-11, the religion of Islam and its teaching have come under intense scrutiny with the media at times portraying Islam as a violent creed that breeds terrorists, harbors hate for non-Muslims, and oppresses women. This course aims at looking at the stereotypes surrounding Islam and Muslims and providing an overview of the religion to help distinguish fact from fiction. This course was produced in alignment with the NYS Standards and targets K-12 teachers who hope to better understand the religion of Islam.
Making History Meaningful
Participants will complete a number of objectives that will lead them in the development of a historical unit that takes their students out of their textbooks and into history in meaningful interactions.
Primary Documents: Authenticity in Your Social Studies Curriculum
Welcome to the wonderful world of primary documents... I have had great success using them with my students & I know you will enjoy working them with your young historians as well. This course starts with the backwards design so you can define what documents will suit your curricular needs & the individual needs of your students. You will experience primary documents first-hand by searching for documents in your own family, community & curricular area. Documents may include census records, photographs, cartoons, advertisements, marriage/birth/death certificates & more! We will talk about instructional strategies for engaging your students in active & meaningful learning with primary documents!
Project-Based Learning for Social Studies
For this particular course you will be developing a Project-Based Learning unit that relates to the Social Studies curriculum. This on-line course will incorporate the following:
* Project Based Learning definition and elements
* PBL's relationship to student achievement
* Discrimination of "good" PBLs
* Experience with planning and creating a PBL project that relates to the participant's environment.
This course will teach professionals how to use the scrapbooking technique in the development of historical research. Identify, bookmark and evaluate Internet resources for use in the classroom. Participate in collegial discussions on technique, application, design and assessment. Hone your knowledge base on technical innovations that will fur the r assist in student learning.
Social Studies Interactive:Exploring Social Studies web sites and online tools for your Interactive Whiteboard
Welcome fellow Social Studies teachers! In this 15-hour course you will be introduced to the very best, and most up to date, social studies interactive websites and tools available, which not only look and perform beautifully on your interactive whiteboard, but also help
transmit key concepts and higher-order thinking skills to your students. After being trained in using these interactive tools, you will use them to create your own lessons and classroom activities that you can employ with your students. You will even discover
some exciting new ways to infuse literacy into your interactive social studies classroom. You will come to see your interactive whiteboard for what it truly can be: a window to a whole world of exciting social studies content that you (and especially your students) will be glad you decided to explore!
Using Marco Polo to Construct CRQ & DBQ to Enhance Student Understanding of Social Studies
Class participants will use MarcoPolo to construct CRQs (Constructed Response Questions) and a DBQ (Document Based Question) to enhance student understanding of social studies concepts in preparation for the NYS Social Studies Assessment each November. Participants will learn to maneuver throughout the MarcoPolo site, making use of resources, lessons, and search capabilities. They will become familiar with various types of media used in CRQ and DBQ such as photos, timelines, maps, excerpts, and cartoons. They will have the opportunity to write appropriate CRQ with the various media, and work within a group to construct a DBQ for use in their classroom.
Women in Islam
Have you ever wondered why Muslim women cover the ir hair or what role the y play in society? Despite the stereotypes perpetuated by the media, Muslim women have played a vital role in society, serving the community through scholarship, political involvement and o the r activities. This course provides an overview of Islamic teachings regarding women, including the study of Muslim women in history and the spiritual, social, and economic aspects of Islamic life. This course will deepen your understanding of Muslim women and better enable you to teach and interact with the Muslims in your classroom.
Creating and Implementing DBQ’s and Social Studies Websites in Your Classroom
In this class we will explore various resources for teachers, create a DBQ, evaluate DBQ's and Primary Sources and discuss the skills and steps necessary to complete DBQ's successfully. Document-based questions are for all students, from elementary school through high school. They prepare students to compare and contrast particular issues by: considering multiple perspectives, reconciling differing positions, evaluating the strength of particular arguments, providing authentic opportunities at a high level of thinking, developing skills. Traditional document-based questions require students to interpret historical records and express their understanding effectively through well-written essays. In this class, we will explore many sites that will aide you and your students in finding information for dbq’s and explore many social studies sites to use in your classroom.