You’ve probably heard the students say it: “You act like yours is the only class we have!” That’s what came to mind when reading this article by Alfie Kohn at The Huffington Post, but Kohn address a much larger situation: is there one subject in particular that is most important for students to learn? Kohn examines the current trend of saying that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are most important, more so than learning verb conjugation or understanding the relevance of the Equal Protection Clause. (Full disclosure: your author was a Social Studies teacher for 17 years, do don’t get me started….) Regardless of your position, you’ll likely find this article at the very least informative, or maybe even fodder for a spirited debate in the faculty lounge.

We ran across this article in “Student Pulse Online:” Incorporating Technology into the Modern English Language Arts Classroom by Steven A. Carbone II. Carbone’s paper examines the classroom in the wake of the Facebook/Myspace/YouTube era in which your students revel. Particularly interesting- to us, anyway- is his investigation of how technology can be used in family history or oral history projects, something that could be of use also to history teachers.

Give a look at what this student’s take on a topic that is, understanably, near and dear to us.