One of the beauties of the digital age is the ability to connect to so many different people, resources, and teaching materials. One of the problems is that there is often so much stuff out there that you can easily be overwhelmed by it all.
That’s why you need to take advantage of another digital age tool – email newsletters. And yes, I know. Email is “old-fashioned.” It’s not as cool as Skype or texting or some other sort of Web 2.0 communication gadget. But email is still a great way to connect people with content.
And there are lots of social studies related newsletters out there just waiting for you. Here’s just a few:
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of placing history content, teaching strategies, current research and issues, community building, and easy access to resources at center stage. You can also find a list of earlier newsletters.
National Council for the Social Studies
Only the must-read news in social studies. Articles chosen from thousands of news sites, blogs, and other sources, delivered straight to your inbox.
Kansas State Historical Society
Not everyone will need Kansas history stuff but if you do, you can sign up for the general newsletter as well as the teacher specific version. If you don’t need Kansas stuff, check out your own state’s historical society.
EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.
Library of Congress
Updates on new Web content, professional development opportunities and Library programs, events and services of special interest to educators. Discover and discuss the most effective techniques for using Library of Congress primary sources in the classroom. Teaching strategies, outstanding primary sources, lesson plans, teacher resources, and current thinking on effective classroom practice are all open for discussion.
Edutopia News highlights what works in education by delivering some of the newest content and resources from Edutopia.org directly to your in-box.