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Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either Deforestation, Public Health, or Water Scarcity. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 25, 2016. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest.

Follow Up

The 2015 Indiana Council for the Social Studies Conference was on 20 November at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.  It was also the Great Lakes Conference for the year.  During the next weeks, we will share some of the events, outcomes, and announcements of the conference in this FOLLOW UP section. 

Audio interview with Becky Schlomann from the Indiana Historical Society.  Listen

You Are There 1816: Indiana Joins the Nation


This PDF document was created by the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  It provides a quick launching point for teachers and students when dealing with military events in history.  Download it and keep it in your electronic documents for history archive.

28 January 2016

7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Link to recording of the webinar coming soon


Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.  The National Archives and Records Administration takes teachers through how to use the immense resources of the nation's records storehouse.  This is a highly practical and relevant introduction to accessing and using these recources in your classroom. 

Podcast #1:  ICSS Professional Development Opportunities 

ICSS electronic classroom materials

ICSS has been working on creating some electronic classroom materials over the past years.  This year, the focus has been on high school world history

The world history materials project has progressed over the last six months. Originally, a copy of Moodle was used to archive the materials.  Now ICSS is loading the materials directly onto its webserver and making them available to ICSS members via an RTF word processor file located in the members only section of this website. Click here to go to the members only webpage for accessing the catalog.  It will contain a link for the high school catalog of materials on the server.  Look on page three of the catalog to begin with materials for Medieval Europe. 

Indiana Council for the Social Studies a member of the National Council for the Social Studies   

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