From one of the largest social studies education programs in the country, four social studies professors have crafted an annotated collection of 500 gateway web sites useful to social studies teachers. The urls are categorized by major social studies content strands with web sites linked to the NCSS Themes.
- Each web site selected by the authors was reviewed and had to meet 4 criteria:
- Comprehensiveness, to insure a breath and depth of information and resources
- Durability, to insure its long--term usefulness
- Self-renewing, to insure up-to-date information and improvements to the web site
- Credibility, to insure lack of bias and accuracy
- There are over 500 web sites listed by content area-Teachers can easily find a specific topic and go to the web site.
- There is an introduction and explanation of how to use the World Wide Web-Novice users of the Internet can begin with this book.
- In addition to web sites on social studies content, the book has web sites on topics like English as a second language, mainstreaming, high-risk testing, at-risk youth, classroom management, integrating the web into social studies, and lesson planning-These topics have become increasingly more important to the success of the social studies teacher, and many teachers have little training in these areas.
- Web sites on legal issues and Internet safety are also included-The issues are important to successful social studies instruction.
- Student Tool Kit chapter provides Internet sites on homework and homework resources that can be given to parents and students-Students and parents can also directly benefit from the content in the book.
- Special chapter on teaching controversial issues is included in the book- Social studies teachers can get up-to-date on current events through the Internet.