- Published on 02 November 2013
- Written by Saomya Saxena
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We are well aware that Social Studies is an area of subject which comprises of courses such as History, Geography, Civics, Sociology, Political Science, Economics and more.
It is a comprehensive study of Social Sciences to foster civic development of the people.
The historical, political and cultural understanding is imperative for the survival of a democracy.
It should be assured that people of a country are sufficiently literate in Social Studies, so that they can become responsible citizens. If you got to work for your country, you ought to learn and be well-informed about it, beginning from its history to the economics of demand and supply.
Education in Social Studies is needed to achieve levels of civilization that the nation requires of its citizens. Teaching and learning in Social Studies is effective only when it is substantial, authentic, integrated and value-based. Its disciplines are diverse with an expanse of historical, geographical, political, civic and a lot more content. So, learners and educators of Social Studies should possess tools and resources to learn about it and acquire skills in it.
Here are some worthy and free tools and resources for Teaching and learning Social Studies, available online:
National Council for the Social Studies: NCSS is an online council for K-12and college teachers of History, Geography, Civics, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology and Law-related education. It is a framework for teaching, learning and assessment which ensures an integrated social science, behavioral science, and humanities approach for K-12 schools.
Centre for History and New Media: It uses digital media and computer technology to preserve and present history online, teach humanities and advance historical education and understanding. It also provides digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.
Primary Source: It fosters History and Humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures around the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, it provides global content, learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators.
Google Life Archive: It’s a resource for historical images, even those which were never published. You can search photographs from the LIFE photo archive, from the 1750s to date. The photographs are categorized by, People, Places, Events, Sports and Culture.
MapMaker Interactive: It provides downloadable maps of the world, continents, countries and states. You can explore regions, select map themes, data, and use tools to customize your map.
Center for Civic Education: It provides leaders in civic education opportunities to learn and improve democratic education in their nations. The programs address the full range of civic education activities, from the development of educational policy, standards, curriculums and materials to teacher education, classroom implementation and research and assessment.
The Economics of Seinfeld: It educates you about all the economic concepts with proper demonstration. It has video clips form this popular show; ‘The Economics of Seinfeld’ which make economic concepts come alive, making them more real for students.
Free Documentary TV: It allows you to legally watch documentaries online and for free via embedded video streams that are taken from popular video hosting sites like YouTube, Google Video and Yahoo. It has documentaries and factual films in a variety of genres and on every topic of interest.
Journey of Mankind: It presents a virtual global journey of the modern man over the last 160, 000 years. It shows the interaction of migration and climate over this period. This site has tracked down the routes and timings of migration based on evidences in archaeology, climatology and fossil study.
Go Social Studies Go: It’s a free site aimed at making the study of history fun and painless. For teachers it offers essential questions on every page, alternate points of view with relevant background content. For students, it has the quirky videos and facts, tons of pictures, as well as the embedded games and links on History.
The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. The need for responsible citizenry should be the impetus for the creation of free public education as well. If the nation looks forward to its citizens to carry forth its democratic traditions, it must support progress toward attainment of the vision of powerful social studies teaching and learning.
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