What’s Wikipedia?

Here is yet another entry in the saga of vendor resource presentations for Social Studies. Another accomplished professional representing a prominent, internationally recognized publishing company revealing an ignorance of the current environment of educational technology. In a elementary school library, festooned with the posters, charts, maps, and logo-ridden ephemera of a complete curriculum program, about twenty teachers patiently sat through a presentation of materials offered for piloting in the new K-5 Social Studies curriculum. The books were bright, beautiful and superbly organized. Introducing the program with a media presentation on-screen, the sales representatives raced through their program because they heard about our intentions and wanted to show us that their program was “loaded with tech”. Continue reading

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“I’m still working on figuring out my microwave”

Part of my responsibilities include working with a group of K-5 teachers re-writing the elementary social studies curriculum. We are committed to constructing a curriculum that not only aligns with state content standards, but incorporates essential learnings relevant to the current nature of information and communication. Continue reading