Episode 64: Elementary Social Studies with Anne-Lise Halvorsen

In episode 64, Dan and Michael chat about elementary social studies with Michigan State professor Anne-Lise Halvorsen.

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  1. You can find more info about Anne-Lise’s work on her website at annelise.wiki.educ.msu.edu/home.

History of Elementary Social Studies

  1. Halvorsen, A. (2013).  A history of elementary social studies: Romance and reality. New York: Peter Lang. https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/28177
  2. Halvorsen, A. (May-June, 2009). Back to the future: The expanding communities curriculum in geography education. The Social Studies, 100, 115-120. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3200/TSSS.100.3.115-120?journalCode=vtss20

Project-based Learning

  1. Halvorsen, A., Duke, N. K., Brugar, K. A., Block, M. K., Strachan, S. L., Berka, M. B., & Brown, J. M. (2012). Narrowing the achievement gap in second-grade socialstudies and content area literacy: The promise of a project-based approach. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40, 198-229. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/91282680/narrowing-achievement-gap-second-grade-social-studies-content-area-literacy-promise-project-based-approach
  2. Duke, N. K., Halvorsen, A., & Strachan, S.L. (2016). Project-based learning not just for STEM anymore. Phi Delta Kappan98(1), 14-19.  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0031721716666047
  3. Duke, N.K., & Halvorsen, A. (2017, June 20). New study shows the impact of PBL on student achievement [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/article/new-study-shows-impact-pbl-student-achievement-nell-duke-anne-lise-halvorsen 
  4. Halvorsen, A., & Duke, N.K. (2017, June 20). Projects that have been put to the test [Web log post]. https://www.edutopia.org/article/projects-have-been-put-test-anne-lise-halvorsen-nell-duke

Adolescents’ Use of Evidence

  1. Crocco, M., Halvorsen, A., Jacobsen, R., & Segall, A. (2017). Teaching with evidence. Phi Delta Kappan 98(7), 67-71. https://www.pdkmembers.org/members_online/publications/archive/pdf/PDK_98_7/67pdk_98_7.pdf

Drawing Maps

  1. Here’s the link from #sschat co-moderator we mentioned: Quiz: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States via TIME


Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an associate professor of teacher education, specializing in social studies education, at Michigan State University. Halvorsen’s work focuses on elementary social studies education, the history of education, the integration of social studies and literacy, teacher preparation in the social studies, and students’ historical thinking. She is author of A History of Elementary Social Studies: Romance and Reality (Peter Lang, 2013), and co-author, with Jere Brophy and Janet Alleman, of the third edition of the social studies methods textbook, Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students (Cengage, 2012). She is a former kindergarten teacher and former curriculum writer for the state of Michigan. You can find more on her website and e-mail her atannelise@msu.edu.

Episode 63: Civics Simulations in the Classroom with Jane Lo

In episode 63, Michael & Dan discuss a project-based learning approach to government class – using simulations – with Jane Lo. Jane’s article “Adolescents Developing Civic Identities: Sociocultural Perspectives on Simulations and Role-Play in a Civic Classroom” was recently published by Theory & Research in Social Education.

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Episode 62: Mindful Tech with David Levy

In episode 62, Dan and Michael, a professor in the University of Washington Information School and author of “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to our Digital Lives,” about mindful uses of technology in our lives and how to teach it.

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  1. Buy David’s book as it is filled with activities that can you, and maybe even your students, learn to be mindful users of technologies: Levy, D. M. (2016). Mindful tech: How to bring balance to our digital lives. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  2. One of David’s first articles on mindful tech: Levy, D. M. (1995) “I’m not here right now to take your call: Technology and the politics of absence.” In Proceedings of the Oksnoen Symposium, pp. 61-66.
  3. Dan mentioned Zeynep Tufekci’s new book to learn more about algorithms and how social media influences social protest: Tufekci, Z. (2017). Twitter and tear gas: The power and fragility of networked protest. Naw Haven, CT: Yale University Press. (Free PDF; Buy it to support Zeynep’s work; Audible)
  4. For all your David Levy needs, check out his personal website (davidmlevy.net) or his University of Washington Information School site (dmlevy.ischool.uw.edu).


David Levy is a professor in the University of Washington Information School. He holds a PhD from Stanford University in computer science (1979), a Diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute, London (1982), and he was a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Learn more about David on his university site, including his many writings.