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Social Studies

According to the National Council for the Social Studies, the social studies cover the "integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." Social studies is commonly recognized as a course or set of courses taught in the K-12 grade range, but may also refer to the study of post secondary aspects of human society. Social studies courses may be interdisciplinary and draw upon various fields, including sociology but also political science, history, economics, religious studies, geography, psychology, anthropology, and civics. At the elementary school level, social studies generally focuses first on the local community and family. By middle and high school, the social studies curriculum becomes more discipline-based and content-specific. OPEN NH courses in the social studies content areas deal with both social studies content and the supporting pedagogy necessary to teach them effectively.
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Courses and Descriptions


SS-01†Transforming the Classroom with Project Based Learning in Social Studies

In this course, participants will explore the use of online resources to enhance inquiry-based teaching and learning in science. Over the course of this seven unit course, participants will become familiar with science-themed websites, online collaborative projects, science blogs and wikis, and the mapping applications Google Maps and Google Earth. Considerable attention is paid to helping participants identify ways that they can integrate these tools into their practice, and thus enrich their studentsí engagement with science content. Promoting scientific inquiry is a central theme, and serves as a lens for this course. Participants consider the issue of assessment, specifically as it relates to inquiry and the use of online tools, later in the course. As a final project, participants develop plans for an inquiry-based science lesson that uses an Internet-based data source.
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SS-02†Integrating Primary Sources into the Social Studies Classroom

There is a tremendous wealth of Web-based resources that support active learning and primary research in the Social Studies classroom for teachers of all grade levels. Participants will explore the range of available primary and secondary resources including collections of original documents, vast reservoirs of secondary historical information, and online resources designed to support Social Studies teachers in curriculum development. Participants will consider effective research strategies and engage in critical analysis of web resources. In addition, participants will l earn develop a personal collection of web-based resources for curricular use and develop preliminary plans, using primary or secondary resources available on the Web, to enhance a curriculum unit.
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SS-03†Designing a Virtual Field Trip in Social Studies

This course will enable teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to use Internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for their students. Participants will become familiar with the strategies and resources that educators use to design these field trips, as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success. By the end of the course, participants will have designed effective and engaging virtual field trips for their students that are aligned to state and national standards.
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SS-04†Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles in Social Studies

Addressing the individual learning styles of students can be a challenge for teachers. The World Wide Web contains a vast number of resources to assist teachers in understanding and planning for the different avenues through which students learn best. Suitable for participants of all grade levels and subject areas, this course will review a range of web sites providing information about learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as resources to assist teachers in both identifying students' learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will become familiar with teaching strategies and tools targeted for each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary lesson plan using those strategies and tools.
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SS-05†Teaching American History Using Primary Sources and Internet Resources

This course will enable teachers to move beyond history textbooks to use primary sources and web-based lessons to make history come alive for their students. Participants will explore exemplary websites, learn how to integrate primary sources into different parts of instruction, discover a wide array of online resources, and learn how to find and create WebQuests. Peer support and feedback will enable all participants to become comfortable with online resources and primary sources. By the end of the course, each participant will have a selection of primary sources, online resources, and lesson ideas to implement into their curricula.
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Social Studies Courses in Development


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Online Course Orientation
All OPEN NH courses begin with an optional face-to-face orientation, allowing participants to become familiar with course login procedures and overall course requirements. Orientation to the course continues online during the first week, so that participants become familiar with course expectations and get acquainted with their instructor and fellow classmates.

Online Content and Practice
Following the orientation, courses continue for six weeks, emphasizing theory-to-practice applications. Course work includes online discussions, reflections, readings, and projects. Course participants receive a certificate of participation that may be applied to their individual professional development plans.

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Course Offerings
Courses are not offered during all sessions. View complete session schedule for details of course offerings in each session.

Course Content
Course syllabi are available online to review. The link to the syllabus is available under the course description in each course category. You can also view the complete list of course syllabi links on the Course Syllabus Page.


Self Paced Tutorials

On Your Own e-Learning
While our regular course registration fee is $130, we also offer self-paced tutorials at even lower cost. These tutorials have an assessment component and will earn you professional development CEUs after successful completion. District cohort deals are also available. View the full list of available tutorials and all the details about them on the Self Paced Tutorials Page.

NH Department of Education Tutorials
The New Hampshire Department of Education is committed to providing guidance and service to schools and districts. OPEN NH offers free online tutorials that support NHDOE initiatives and programs.

Institutes in a Box
As part of the NH Digital Resources Consortium, OPEN NH is hosting the online workshops and Institutes.

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Conservation Education
As part of the NH Environmental Literacy Plan implementation, OPEN NH is hosting freely accessible tutorials on Conservation Education.

Free Tutorials
There are also free tutorials available, which do not earn CEUs. These will help introduce you to the online learning environment and introduce you to our course model and content. Click on the Moodle Course Login link in the Upper Right hand corner and select "Self Paced Tutorials".



Last updated March 26, 2018