National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention

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A large of crowd of enthusiastic teachers attended a session at the annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in Washington D.C. Educational professors Jeremy Hilburn and Brad Maguth provided the evidence from educational research that confirms that using simulations is very effective in stimulating learning in social studies classrooms. They also discussed the various types of simulations available. Then Richard Di Giacomo explained the advantages and disadvantages of scripted and unscripted simulations, where to obtain simulations, and factors to be considered when choosing a simulation that best fits the needs of your students. Throughout the session, there were many thoughtful questions from the participants about how to implement simulations in their classrooms most effectively.

To see the complete Powerpoint presentation from the conference session, click here:

Best Practices in Using Simulations in the Social Studies NCSS 2011