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December 2007

Release Date: December 5, 2007

ASU Faculty Members Present New Project at National Conference

Two Angelo State University teacher education faculty members presented their new social studies and technology project for elementary school students at the 87th annual conference of the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Nov. 30 in San Diego.

Dr. Judith Hakes, professor of education, and Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine, associate professor of education, showcased the project “Chuckwagons, Cowboys and Cattle Drives” that they developed in collaboration with Sandra Pedersen, a fourth grade teacher in the San Angelo Independent School District.

The project is designed to enhance students’ appreciation of their Texas heritage. Pedersen’s class at Santa Rita Elementary learned about Texas history and the golden age of cowboys through guest speakers, Internet research and children’s literature selections. Each student then created a multimedia presentation about what they had discovered.

Details of the project were initially included in the NCSS bulletin “Digital Age: Technology-Based K-12 Lesson Plans for Social Studies,” which highlighted social studies lessons infused with technology developed by 75 educators from throughout the U.S. Editors of the bulletin invited selected lesson authors, including Hakes and Eisenwine, to speak about their student activities at the national conference.

Founded in 1921, the NCSS is the largest association in the U.S. devoted solely to social studies education. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 69 countries, the NCSS provides leadership, service and support for social studies educators.