Teachers Social Studies

Election 2020: The Electoral College & Google My Maps

Looking for an activity to engage your students in the upcoming election, but worried it could lead to some unpleasant discussion? Join us as we share an activity you can use to get your students interested in politics and teach the Electoral College. Students will research the latest polling data, create their own electoral maps using Google My Maps, and most importantly have the opportunity to discuss politics in a safe environment. 

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Socratic Seminar Using Microsoft Teams

A tried and true method of discussion and critical thinking, the Socratic method can be a great way to engage students in dialogue even while learning digitally. In this course, we will take a look at how to use the Socratic method with the tools and features of Teams to engender thoughtful, open debate.

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Having a Class Debate Using Google Meet

Are you looking for a unique way to help students practice their debate skills? In this session, we'll explore how to use Google Meet, an online video conferencing platform to connect students. We'll explore activity ideas and discussion prompts, learn key debate concepts, and look at how to use Meet's tools and features to further engage conversation.

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Getting Started with Newsela

Are you looking for some grade-appropriate texts for your students? Newsela has you covered. Join us as we go over this great resource, which not only has a full library of educational texts, but also provides teachers the ability to assign, monitor, and assess content given to students.

Creating Interactive Vocabulary Lists Using Thinglink

Vocabulary lists are used in almost every classroom and rarely offer any interactive engagement for students. Join us as we talk about Thinglink, a website that allows students to create interactive displays and virtual tours that connect the tactile world to the digital world. With Thinglink, we will show you how to make vocabulary lists with your students that are interactive, informative, and meaningful.

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Creating Interactive Maps with Google My Maps

Every student could use practice with their geography.  Google My Maps is a free online tool to create interactive maps that can be applied to a variety of grade levels and content areas.  This tool allows students to engage with geography and tell a story using different places around the world, or even their local community.  In this course, learn how to use My Maps with your students, regardless of the content.

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Election 2020: Teaching Politics without Being Political

Another presidential election cycle is upon us, and for many secondary teachers, this might be an uncomfortable thought. However, teaching politics does not have to be political! In this course, we'll take a look at teacher neutrality, and how you can best present political issues to your students and engage them in discussion— without being accused of political bias.

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Tech-Infused Learning: Bloxels in the Economics Classroom

With Bloxels, your students can create interactive stories for any classroom. In this session, we'll show you how to prepare your social studies students with the tools needed to design a 13-bit video game focusing on the Economics Learning Standards. Will money grow on trees? Who will reap the rewards? Students will investigate, create, and answer these questions and more!

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Makey Makey Your Social Studies Lessons Come to Life

Makey Makey is the key to creating engaging Social Studies lessons! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create fun, interactive projects that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important Social Studies concepts.

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Combining STEM and Social Studies to Engineer a City

Urban planning is important. New York City has gridlock issues, Atlanta has traffic problems, and Boston has maze-like streets. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just re-engineer a city to fix these issues? Or, what if we had had the foresight to plan them appropriately before they were constructed? If only it were that easy! In this session, join us as we dive into the history of urban planning, and leave with some great ideas on how to teach this important topic in your classroom.

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Digital DBQs for the Social Studies Classroom

Effective document-based questions (DBQs) can be used to develop students' abilities to appreciate historical perspectives and hone their analytical skills. In this course you'll learn how to use various digital tools to create DBQ activities and templates to encourage inquiry and critical thinking.

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Teaching Upper Elementary Social Studies with Dash and Dot

Looking for new and exciting ways to teach Social Studies standards? In this course we will show you three exemplary lessons using Wonder Workshop's Dash and Dot robots that you can easily implement to teach students about neighborhoods, geography and more!

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Geography in the Interactive Classroom

In this interactive course, teachers will acquaint themselves with the New York State and national standards around Geography. From Google Earth to SMART Notebook software, in this session educators will learn how to take advantage of the many teq-niques available to create interactive sessions to help students learn the Six Essential Elements of Geography.

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Teq Hearts Social Studies

How does Teq love Social Studies? Let us analyze the ways...Join us for an exciting session of Online PD (and bring your heart-shaped chocolates, no one will judge you for eating the whole box!).  We will explore some Valentine's day themed Social Studies lessons geared towards elementary and middle school students. Our curriculum specialists will share their admiration for Social Studies by providing you with heart shaped graphic organizers, and researching Valentine’s day traditions in places across the world!

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Digital Online Certifications

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