We visited the C-SPAN Classroom booth at ISTE back in June but I just had a few minutes the other day to take a look at the site. This website is FULL of free primary source materials for social studies teachers and students! There is a “Timely Teachable Videos” module right on the front page where you can grab and embed videos about current issues. Select a particular video and read a summary about it and then, if logged in as a teacher, save the video for easy retrieval. Upon joining, you are automatically added to the C-Span Classroom Ning where you can join in on the Forum.
Additionally, easily navigate the wealth of content yo the site by the Subject/Topic categories or by using the search feature. Find tutorials by fellow teachers on how they use C-Span as a current events blog, with Google Maps and more! You can also quickly navigate to other C-Span websites!
Take a look at the STUDENTCAM 2012 project available to your students!
This annual national video documentary competition encourages students to think about current issues affecting their communities and our nation. They submit a short video documentary related to the theme. This year’s theme is “The Constitution and you: Select any provision of the US Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.” Deadline: January 20, 2012!
Please take a minute to take a look. We're really looking forward to hear how YOU will use C-Span Classroom this year!