If they can Google it, why do they need you?

I was so excited to see this post from HistoryTech. First, it is interesting to read about his state’s new social studies standards, as we have also just gone through the implementation of new standards.

Second, I am absolutely thrilled to read about the “un-Googleable” questions! Selfishly, it’s wonderful to have another voice in this conversation. As a parent, this helps me back up my requests. As a content developer, this gives me strength to write these types of questions into the content we deliver. Thank you, Glenn!

History Tech

I’ve spent the last couple of months working with teachers as they unpack the new Kansas state history / government standards. And I’m still loving it. What better way to spend a summer than hanging out with other history geeks, discussing and, yes . . . sometimes, arguing about history stuff.

I will admit, I may not be enjoying it so much two months from now but today? Yup, it’s still a good time.

Much of the discussion and arguing as been about the balance between content and process. If you’ve followed the epic tale of how the new standards were created, you are well aware that the document encourages the importance of the historical thinking process. The old standards paid lip service to the idea of process –

compares contrasting descriptions of the same event in United States history to understand how people differ in their interpretations of historical…

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