56 Letters to the Editor
57The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2012
This election prediction system, which looks at the most consequential events of a presidency to predict the candidate who will win the popular vote, points to success for Obama in 2012 regardless of how well the Republicans campaign.
62 Teaching with Documents
Public Service Announcement about the 1940 Census
LEE ANN POTTER AND CHRISTOPHER ZARR
A brief film created by the Census Bureau to encourage participation in the 1940 Census will enrich a lesson on the Constitution and fuel discussion on why the Framers saw fit to require a population count.
66 Looking at the Law Perspectives: Are Voter Photo Identification Laws a Good Idea?
The views of several experts on new, stricter voter identification laws can spark a lively student debate on whether such laws are necessary.
72The Fed and the U. S. Constitution: Too Much Independence?
MARY C. SURTER AND MARK C. SCHuG
An examination of the history, structure, and function of the Federal Reserve System, will enlighten students about the historical debate on the constitutionality of a central bank.
77Interviewing the “Lost Generation” from Prince Edward County’s
Closed School Era
HELEN STIFF-WILLIAMS AND JoHN P. STURTZ
An oral history project by students in Southside, Virginia, exposes a neglected aspect of the civil rights movement-a generation of young people who were deprived of an educa-tion by segregationists.
82 Surfing the Net: What I Learned At NCSS 2011
C. FREDERICK RISINGER
The NCSS annual meeting offers a cornucopia of information on using the Internet and Web 2.0 resources to teach social studies. The author describes his top website choices.
85Teaching the Social Studies through Your Local Community
ANTHONY J. FILIPOVITCH AND TALIP OZTURK
This list of key resources for teaching about local government and public policy will enrich any lesson on civic education.
88 Touch,Type,and Transform: iPads in the Social Studies Classroom
ILENE R. BERSON, MICHAEL J. BERSON, AND MEGHAN McGLINN MANFRA
These strategies for integrating iPads and other multi-touch technologies in the classroom will enable teachers to raise the level of student interaction and engagement during social studies lessons.
92 Digital Reenactments: Using Green Screen Technology to Recreate the Past
CAROLINE C. SHEFFIELD AND STEPHEN B. SWAN
Web 2.0 tools and video technology have reshaped the way students carry out historical reenactments.
96 Building Community through Shared Aesthetic Experience: A Multimedia Family History Project
NANCYE E. McCRARY
Advances in digital technology enable students to combine sight, sound, and text to create family projects that make history more personal.
100 Democratic Use of Blogs and Online Discussion Boards in Social Studies Education
ANDREW L. HOSTETLER
Promoting online discussions via a dedicated blog promotes new interactions among students and engages them in meaningful democratic discussions.
105 Research and Practice Around the World with Geospatial Technologies
ANDREW J. MILSON AND JOSEPH J. KERSKI
Geospatial technology is gaining global momentum. The authors highlight five case studies that showcase how educators are mobilizing GIS and GPS around the world.
109 Climate Change:Where We’ve Been,Where We’re Headed
Film Review of “Plan B:Mobilizing to Save Civilization”