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Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.; Manfra, Meghan McGlinn – Social Education, 2012
The release of Apple's iPad was met with great enthusiasm by educators and schools. Yet, if this new technology is retrofitted to traditional teaching activities its full potential will go unrealized. The presence of iPads alone will not generate transformative educational experiences in the social studies; however, the appropriation of the device…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers
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Bauduy, Jennifer – Social Education, 2010
An interactive mapping project is revolutionizing the way crises are reported and managed, and is spotlighting the value of citizen journalism. The project, called Ushahidi, which means testimony in Swahili, uses crowdsourcing (gathering information from a large number of people) to map crisis information. This crisis mapping tool has since been…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Crisis Management, Foreign Countries, Volunteers
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Morgan, Mat – Social Education, 2010
After a disaster, or in the midst of a conflict, the news that finds its way into people's homes has a uniquely powerful effect on their psyche. Vulnerable people are caught in destructive forces beyond their control. The scenes people see are post-apocalyptic. The stories are gripping, spanning themes of luck, loss, hope, love, and wild fear,…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Altruism, Conflict, Poverty