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Attending/Presenting at NCSS Annual Conference 2012 in Seattle?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jillian McGuire Nov 12, 2012.

Are you attending/presenting at NCSS conference in D.C.?
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A history teacher for 15 tears, I am now a full-time educational technology specialist and co-Director of EdTechTeacher. I am co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and author of The Best of History Web Sites. I am also creator and co-webmaster of Best of History Web Sites, The Center for Teaching History with Technology, and Teaching English with Technology.

In the fall of 2008 I became Vice-Chair for Technology at NCSS and in early 2009 I created this online social network!

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The key to transforming classrooms through technology

I came across a blog post today that attempts to outline the benefits of incorporating technology in the history classroom.

The author writes: "By incorporating specific mediums of technology into the classroom, namely documentaries, internet searches and PowerPoint presentations, history teachers can more effectively teach their students the required

material, and create interest in potentially boring subjects. By

remaining in the technological “Stone Age”…


Posted on March 14, 2010 at 7:05pm

Thoughts on "history without reading" in the 21st Century

A recent History News Network blog post ponders a future of "history without reading" (where visual literacy has replaced the literacy of traditional reading) and argues that history teachers "can't simply march further into the 21st century believing they can go on doing what they've always done."

Several history teachers criticized the post arguing that "real historians" work with traditional sources or that it wasn't… Continue

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:30pm

C-Span Classroom session at NCSS

Am now in C-Span session with Meredith Rapp, who I interviewed for our network's inaugural webinar. She's an engaging presenter and is showcasing C-Span Classroom's treasure-trove of free resources, notably its social studies video clips. She's explaining how to research a topic -- say, healthcare -- and then create one's own C-Span video clips (a handy feature) via their Library Archive. You can embed the clips you make into your own website!

Sign up for C-Span Classroom at:… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Mapping the World to Change the World

I just sat in on Dr. Aaron Willis's Google Earth presentation at NCSS. (Love that the network is robust the room is equipped with power cords!) His webpage for this presentation is located at

He started off with a sound constructivist, inquiry-based approach to learning, but then spent too much time showcasing Perthes Digital Atlas, a $129 single-user software product he's pushing for Social Studies School… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Social Networking Best Practices

It's important for teachers to consider how best to use social networking for professional development.

Here are 10 basic guidelines of personal use of social networking sites for faculty:

1. The first rule is treat others online as you wish to be treated online!

2. Introduce yourself - existing members, and potential colleagues, will often reach out to you.

3. Use the same username on different platforms - it’s easier to communicate and establish contacts if you keep… Continue

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 8:16pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:04am on November 6, 2010, Marilou Tolentino said…
I always visit this community network it helps me a lot in teaching .thank you
At 2:50am on October 30, 2010, Larry Kuhns said…
Look forward to seeing you this week in Warsaw!
At 4:27pm on January 18, 2010, Sandra Wozniak said…
Hi Thomas,
Thanks so much for attending my session at FETC on using the SCAN process at AND for sharing this NING with me - it looks like a great place to share ideas and opportunities for teachers. I have been teaching middle school for 33 years and love to "get kids thinking!" I have worked with the nonprofit Tregoe Ed foundation to help get real thinking process into the classroom. There is no better place to get kids to look at different perspectives and enter into civil discourse than in the social studies classroom. I am hoping that I can present next year at NCSS, but would be glad to share how the SCAN tool on works to anyone who will listen.
At 9:52am on January 18, 2010, Susan Santone said…
Hi Tom,

Thanks for your message. I am Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions, a nonprofit focused on sustainability education ( We develop interdisciplinary curricula and teacher education programs on topics such as ecological economics, multicultural issues, green design, and more.

What about you?

Susan Santone
At 9:08am on January 11, 2010, Jen Fabsik said…
Thanks for the welcome, Tom. I am the writing specialist for a high school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago so I work with all social studies classes.
At 10:55pm on January 3, 2010, John McGarry said…
I teach Global studies to 9th grade students in the south Bronx section of New York City.
At 7:18pm on January 2, 2010, Steven Seto said…
Thank you Tom,

I am a history coach and professional development specialist for the Boston Public Schools. I am also on the NCSS FASSE Board of Directors. I saw that you are presenting at NERC this March, so I will see you in Sturbridge. I have been very interested in upgrading my tech expertise.
At 9:33pm on December 22, 2009, Ryan Goble said…
Thank you Thomas - thank you for having me - I hope you have a great holiday!!!
At 2:06pm on December 17, 2009, Joanna OLczak said…
Thanks Thomas,

It was great to work with you (I am not often so glad and satisfied as that time in ASW - I am rather demanding person). I enjoy that website - many interesting topics for wide meaning social studies interested people. Very promising.
At 1:35pm on December 17, 2009, Jodie smith said…
Thanks for the welcome! I'm the Humanities Coordinator for K-12 for a small school district in North Texas. I attended NCSS when it came to Houston last year, and we just enjoyed a great state conference in Dallas in October.




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