Best Websites for History and Social Studies Teachers


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Nate Gillespie and Brady Wood from Shmoop ( present great websites for History / Social Studies teachers and an introduction to Shmoop US History, Shmoop Civics, and other subjects on Shmoop.

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Best Websites for History and Social Studies Teachers

  1. 1. Using the Best of the Web to Teach Social Studies Nate Gillespie & Brady Wood Mar. 4, 2010 Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential “ Best of the Internet”
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover Today <ul><li>6 Student Resources </li></ul><ul><li>8 Professional Learning Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Using Shmoop in Your Social Studies Classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of Shmoop History, Civics, Biography, Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shmoop’s Best of the Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shmoop Teacher’s Editions </li></ul></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  3. 3. This Day in History <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From The History Channel </li></ul><ul><li>Key events on this date in 13 categories: Crime, Politics, Sports, Music, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Video review of top stories </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  4. 4. Digital History <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Free online US History textbook </li></ul><ul><li>Collection of annotated primary documents </li></ul><ul><li>Non-text sources include maps and archive of historical film trailers </li></ul><ul><li>Produced by U of Houston with several other institutions </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  5. 5. (World) History Matters <ul><li>History Matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1000+ annotated primary sources in US History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on how historians “make sense of evidence” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotated guide to 800+ other websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World History Matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New site broadens scope beyond US History </li></ul></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  6. 6. OurDocuments <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Produced by National Archives </li></ul><ul><li>High-quality reproductions of 100 milestone documents in US History </li></ul><ul><li>Each document presented with contextual information </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  7. 7. Valley of the Shadow Project <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Incredible online archive of ALL primary source documentation of Civil War experience in two neighboring counties in Pennsylvania/Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Includes census records, newspapers, diaries, letters, church records, military records, images </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ guide: how to use in classroom </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  8. 8. Our Favorite Professional Learning Resources for History Teachers
  9. 9. National History Ed. Clearinghouse <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>One-stop shop for online history teaching resources </li></ul><ul><li>Includes online materials, lesson plans, links to recommended sites </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  10. 10. Historical Thinking Matters <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on how to teach students to think like historians </li></ul><ul><li>In-depth lesson plans to teach habits of critical historical thinking </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  11. 11. NCSS Ning <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Online community of ~1000 social studies teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions and mini-groups devoted to specific topics </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers share advice and lesson plans </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  12. 12. PBS Teachers <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Great lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to PBS video </li></ul><ul><li>Educator community </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets for your classroom website </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  13. 13. Blogs & Webcasts <ul><li>Blog: Free Technology for Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews of free instructional resources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each review includes suggestions for classroom applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video Webcast: Palm Breeze CAFE </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast: search iTunes Store for “Palm Breeze Cafe” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software & website reviews and tutorials </li></ul></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  14. 14. An Overview of Shmoop
  15. 15. Students & Teachers Say… “ All of my friends would use this.” - Tanya, 15 “ Shmoop makes me actually want to work. ” - Stephanie, 19 “ Shmoop is intentionally about the joy of learning .” - Paul, HS teacher Quotes from Shmoop focus groups of HS and College students, April 2008 Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential “ This website is my dream come true ” - Noel, 20
  16. 16. Experts Say… Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential “ Smart and consistently humorous” – Academy of American Poets “ Best of the Internet ” - PC Magazine Official Honoree in Education (along with BBC, PBS, CBC) - 2009 Webby Awards &quot;The language is totally student-friendly . A very cool site.” - School Library Journal “ Makes the learning process fun .” - San Francisco Chronicle
  17. 17. What is Shmoop? <ul><li>Fun digital textbooks and learning guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 subjects and growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US History, Civics, Biography, Literature, Poetry, Bestsellers, Music, & Spanish translations of literature guides </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis, summaries, trivia, multimedia, quotes, and loads of links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A resource teachers & students use in the classroom & at home </li></ul><ul><li>Written by educators and experts – primarily Ph.D. students from Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley </li></ul><ul><ul><li>>90% of Shmoop writers have taught at the high school or college level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shmoop (v): to push something forward (Yiddish slang of our founder’s grandmother) </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  18. 18. Things You’ll Learn on Shmoop Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential The Portrait of a Lady (written in 1880) shares a lot in common with TV’s “Gossip Girl” Emily Dickinson was a packrat Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce picked bar fights together in Paris Albert Einstein's 7th-grade teacher told him he &quot;would never get anywhere in life.&quot; True story. M.I.A.’s 2008 hit “Paper Planes” borrows its chorus line from the early 90s rap hit “Rump Shaker”
  19. 19. My, How We’ve Grown Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential Sept. ‘08 <ul><ul><ul><li>Mar. ‘10 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Private Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for students </li></ul><ul><li>2 subjects </li></ul><ul><li>140 titles </li></ul><ul><li>Public Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for students, teachers, librarians </li></ul><ul><li>8 subjects </li></ul><ul><li>2,000 titles across Web, iPhone, Kindle, Nook </li></ul><ul><li>Named “Best of the Internet” by PC Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Webby Award Honoree in education (along with PBS, BBC, CBC) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Shmoop US History US History is Not the Story of Millions. It's Millions of Stories. <ul><li>“ Why Should I Care?” </li></ul><ul><li>Analytic Lenses </li></ul><ul><li>Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Quotes, Statistics, Trivia </li></ul><ul><li>Brief bios </li></ul><ul><li>Best of the Web </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  21. 21. Shmoop’s “Best of the Web” <ul><li>Links are carefully selected by Shmoop’s writers </li></ul><ul><li>Audio, video, photos, art, primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>TV & Film productions </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  22. 22. NEW Shmoop Teacher’s Editions <ul><li>CA Standards-based Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Current Events & Pop Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion & Essay Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Related History & Literature Readings </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  23. 23. NEW Shmoop Civics Civics should not be boring <ul><li>We frame our lessons with hot issues that students are passionate about </li></ul><ul><li>Key concepts in plain English </li></ul><ul><li>How law and policy have evolved over time </li></ul><ul><li>Section-by-Section summary of the Constitution </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  24. 24. NEW Shmoop Biography Get to Know the Big Cheeses <ul><li>31 bios and counting </li></ul><ul><li>Authors, poets, political leaders, inventors, … </li></ul><ul><li>Back-stories, fun anecdotes, multimedia, personal letters </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  25. 25. NEW Shmoop Music Listen and Learn <ul><li>Analyze lyrics like poetry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhyme, meter, allusions, symbolism, themes… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Historical context and “behind the music” stories </li></ul><ul><li>Technical analysis of rhythm, songwriting, instrumentation </li></ul><ul><li>How have you used music in your classes? </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  26. 26. Shmoop Literature <ul><li>Help make literature fun and relevant for your students </li></ul><ul><li>“ Why Should I Care?” </li></ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Quote analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Plot analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Character analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Literary devices </li></ul><ul><li>Study questions </li></ul><ul><li>Trivia </li></ul><ul><li>Best of the Web </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  27. 27. Shmoop Poetry <ul><li>Demystify poetry with Shmoop’s fun, plain-spoken analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Text of the Poem </li></ul><ul><li>Close Reading (line-by-line) </li></ul><ul><li>Deep analysis of Symbolism, Themes, Meter, Sound, Setting… </li></ul><ul><li>Trivia </li></ul><ul><li>Study Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Best of the Web (primary sources, photos, audio, video, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Shmoop Poetry Primer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to Read Poetry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Poetry? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry terminology (glossary) </li></ul></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  28. 28. NEW Shmoop Bestsellers Let Your Inner Fan Feast <ul><li>Use “Pop Lit” to teach students literary analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Twilight, New Moon, Harry Potter… many more coming soon </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  29. 29. NUEVO Shmoop Literatura <ul><li>Spanish translations of our most popular literature summaries </li></ul><ul><li>A “bridge” for ESL students, or great practice for students learning Spanish </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  30. 30. NEW: Shmoop on iPhone, Kindle, Nook Put a Ph.D. in Your Pocket <ul><li>Shmoop is now </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#1 education iPhone App developer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>#1 HS publisher on Kindle </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Largest multi-platform educational publisher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400 guides on the Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300+ eBooks on Kindle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>400 iPhone/iPod Apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250 eBooks on B&N nook </li></ul></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  31. 31. How to Cite Shmoop <ul><li>Shmoop automatically generates citations for students in MLA, APA, or Chicago formats </li></ul><ul><li>Our About Us section includes our background and academic credentials to help establish authority </li></ul><ul><li>Shmoop teaches students about the perils of plagiarism and encourages original thought </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  32. 32. NEW Teacher Resource Center <ul><li>A tour of Shmoop designed for educators </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas and examples from teachers who use Shmoop in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>More about Shmoop’s teaching philosophy , our teaching experience, and our academic credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Our tribute to great teachers who inspired us </li></ul>Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
  33. 33. <ul><li>NEW Teacher Resource Center: </li></ul><ul><li>On Twitter: @helloshmoop </li></ul><ul><li>On Facebook: </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.