Episode 115: Talking Career Decisions from Urban Schools to Abroad with Nate Bowling

In a free-wheeling discussion with Nate Bowling (which, to be honest, happens when this crew gets together), we explore his decision to leave his school and move to teach in an international school in Abu Dhabi. Nate also discusses what he sees as a way to retain teachers by bringing them into leadership roles (and keeping them in the classroom).

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Episode 114: Unpacking Fake News with Wayne Journell

In episode 114, Dan and Michael talk with Wayne Journell about his new edited book, Unpacking Fake News: An Educator’s Guide to Navigating the Media with Students.

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Episode 114- Unpacking Fake News

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  1. Unpacking Fake News An Educator’s Guide to Navigating the Media with Students edited by Wayne Journell
  2. Check out our episodes with chapter authors:
    1. Chapter 1: Episode 53: Teaching Difficult Knowledge with Jim Garrett
    2. Chapter 2: Episode 11: Rethinking Black History with LaGarrett King
    3. Chapter 3: Episode 104: Online Youth Civic Engagement with Ellen Middaugh
    4. Chapter 4: Episode 74: Civic Online Reasoning with Sarah McGrew
    5. Chapter 5: Episode 64: Elementary Social Studies with Anne-Lise Halvorsen
    6. Chapter 6: Episode 92: Teaching Against Misinformation with Erica Hodgin & Joe Kahne
    7. Chapter 7: Episode 61: Civic Education and Bridging the Partisan Divide with Chris Clark
    8. Afterword: Episode 12: Using Films Effectively with Jeremy Stoddard


Wayne Journell is an education professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. You can contact Wayne on Twitter @UNCGSocStudies or check out his website where you are steps away to reading more of his work. Or you can just sit back and read a Theory & Research in Social Education article and contemplate on Wayne’s mad editing skills.

Episode 111: Social Studies Simulations with Cory Wright-Maley

In this episode, Dan and Michael chat with Cory Wright-Maley of St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Canada about teaching simulations in the social studies.

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Episode 111- Social Studies Simulations

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Check out Cory’s book featuring the work of the top scholars in studying simulations in the social studies: More like life itself: Simulations as powerful and purposeful social studies. The chapters include great examples of simulations in different areas of the social studies, conceptual and practical work around design and application of simulation, and examples of effective and ineffective practices with simulations.
  2. Cory’s work on specific simulations:
    1. Plague
    2. Deficit Crisis Monopoly
    3. OPEC
  3. Wright-Maley, C., Lee, J., & Friedman, A.M. (2018). Digital simulations, games, and other emerging technologies in historical learning. S. A. Metzger & L.M. Harris (Eds.). International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning. Wiley-Blackwell. This article provides a thorough review of the literature on how digital simulation and gaming are emerging as ways of approaching history education.
  4. Wright-Maley, C. (2015). What every social studies teacher should know about simulations. Canadian Social Studies, 48(1), 8-23. This article is a great primer for teachers thinking about simulations. It summarizes research and provides a good overview of the challenges and affordances of simulations in the social studies.
  5. Wright-Maley, C. (2015). On “stepping back and letting go”: The role of control in the success or failure of social studies simulations. Theory and Research in Social Education, 43(2), 206-243. This research paper discusses the role of teachers in mediating simulations, including how to manage them effectively. One of the key insights is how teacher control can improve or destroy a simulation.
  6. Wright-Maley, C. (2015). Beyond the “Babel problem”: Defining simulations for the social studies. Journal of Social Studies Research, 39(2), 63-77. This conceptual paper outlines what is and is not a simulation, and teases apart simulations from other related phenomenon (including a Venn diagram!)
  7. Wright-Maley, C. (2014). In defense of simulating complex and tragic historical episodes: A measured response to the outcry over a New England slavery simulation. Canadian Social Studies, 47(1), 18-25. This article tries to tease apart the challenges and affordances of teaching with simulations related to complex and tragic historical issues. Other authors provide excellent critiques of simulations of this kind. Cory suggests: Ingrid Drake’s note of caution on simulations of this kind, Monita K. Bell’s critical warning to steer clear, and Totten’s critique of Holocaust simulations
  8. For much more promising research and practice with simulations, see the great  work of Walter Parker & Jane Lo on government simulations, Simone Schweber’s study of a holocaust simulation, the GlobalEd simulations, and a number of sims by simulation training systems, who sell the StarPower simulation Dan discussed in this episode, Lorrei DiCamillo and Jill Gradwell’s work.
  9. For more information on simulations gone wrong, take a look here for the Third Wave simulation, here for the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the ever controversial Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes simulation here.


Cory Wright-Maley, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Education at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Canada, located in Treaty 7 Territory – the traditional land of the Blackfoot Confederacy, home to the Tsuu t’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda, as well as the Métis Nation, Region 3. He teaches social studies education and pedagogy. His research interests include simulations, democratic education, teacher education, and economic inequality. He is the co-editor of Teaching for Democracy in an Age of Economic Disparity (Routledge, 2017), and editor of More like Life Itself: Simulations as Powerful and Purposeful Social Studies (Information Age, 2019). He is also the co-recipient of a 2018 Alberta Education Grant for Innovation in Teacher Education directed at strengthening indigenous programming. You can learn more about him and his work at his university webpage and reach out to him on Twitter @Wright_Maley.

Episode 110: Connecting to Local Women’s History through Storytelling with Tina Ellsworth, Janelle Stigall, & Amy Walker

In this Women’s History Month episode, Dan and Michael chat with Tina Ellsworth, Janelle Stigall, and Amy Walker of Kansas about their new Social Studies and the Young Learner article, “Remembering the Ladies: Connect to Local Women’s History using Storytelling.”

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Episode 110- Connecting to Local Women’s History through Storytelling

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Ellsworth, T. M., Stigall, J., & Walker, A. (2019). Remembering the Ladies: Connect to Local Women’s History using Storytelling. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 31(3), 14-18.
  2. For more on storytelling, see Judy Sima’s work and website: http://www.judysima.com/.


Tina Ellsworth, Ph.D. is is the K-12 Social Studies Coordinator for Olathe Public Schools in Olathe, Kansas. You can tweet at her at @DrTinaEllsworth.

Janelle Stigall is a third grade Teacher at Madison Place Elementary in Olathe, Kansas. You can tweet at her at @JanelleStigall.

Amy Walker is a seventh grade Teacher at Summit Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas. You can tweet her at @MrsWalkerOPS.

Episode 108: Social Media in Higher Education with Enilda Romero-Hall

For our third #SocialMediaEd SITE episode, Dan and Michael chat with Enilda Romero-Hall of the University of Tampa about social media in higher education.

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Episode 108- Social Media in Higher Education

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Romero-Hall, E. (2017). Posting, Sharing, Networking, and Connecting: Use of Social Media Content by Graduate Students. TechTrends, 61 (6), pp. 580-588
  2. Romero-Hall, E.J., Kimmons, R., & Veletsianos, G. (2018). Social Media Use by Instructional Design Department. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(5).
  3. Romero-Hall, E. (2017). Active User or Lurker? A Phenomenological Investigation of Graduate Students in Social Media Spaces. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 5(4), pp. 326-340. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.10012109
  4. It’s Complicated by danah boyd
  5. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
  6. Episode 62: Mindful Tech with David Levy
  7. TEDxUTampa: Making Social Media Work to Your Educational Advantage | Enilda Romero-Hall: https://youtu.be/CzzFvN9enmY


Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology in the Department of Education at The University of Tampa. In her research, Dr. Romero-Hall is currently exploring different topics in the instructional design and technology field related to web- and computer-based instruction and learning. Her research interests include: multimedia instruction, human-computer interaction, social media, and distance/online education. You can tweet at her at @eromerohall and find more on her website: https://www.enildaromero.net/.

Episode 107: Taking Action in Social Studies Inquiries with Carly Muetterties

In this episode, Michael and Dan chat with Carly Muetterties of C3Teachers.org about dimension four of the C3 Inquiry Arc: Taking informed action. We played around with some other titles like, “Beyond the Letters to the Editor” and the Sondheim-inspired, “Finishing the Arc,’ however, we landed here to be more descriptive.

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Episode 107- Taking Informed Action

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