The Best of Searchable Social Studies Sites
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Searchable Sites for Social Studies Teachers

As you become more familiar with the Internet and with the idea of using the Internet as a resource, you may want to do some searching of your own. First, a list of search engines that might be helpful in your search. Using a search engine can be tricky and sometimes very frustrating. We have used them a great deal in developing this Website and we have had frustrating times with all of the search engines. One of the main tricks to remember in using a search engine is to narrow your search words and to put the words in quotes if you want the words to appear together. Otherwise, you receive too much information.

The evaluation of material on the Internet is a huge task. As the professional decision-maker, it is your responsibility to evaluate the usefulness and the validity of all lesson plans and resource materials. We have done some limited review but have not done the same type of thorough check that you will need to do to insure accuracy of information. But, most of the information on the Internet is not reviewed, edited or checked for accuracy.

If you want more information about how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of the material found on the Internet, you might want to visit:
http://www2.widener.edu/Wolfgram-Memorial-Library/webeval.htm

You can also go to http://www.anovember.com for additional information on how to judge the validity of the Internet.

Another site you might want to use is Resources for the K-12 Classroom: http://jaring.nmhu.edu/cs535/edsites.htm



For a list of specific Websites on the following areas, click on the links below:

Commercial Sites

Content Based Sites

Internet Safety

Online Expeditions and Virtual Field Trip Sites

Online Magazine and Television Sites

Performance Assessment and MSPAP Related Sites

Professional Organization Sites Related to Social Studies

Reference Sites

Search Engines

Searchable Lesson Plan and Teacher Resource Sites

Sites Related to Relevant Standards for Social Studies

Sites with Teaching Ideas for Social Studies Lessons

Specialized Internet Resource Sites for Teachers


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