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History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web (http://historymatters.gmu.edu) serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, primary documents, and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history. One of our goals is to make History Matters a space where teachers, too often isolated, can share strategies and resources. Toward that end, we are soliciting contributions from teachers for “Digital Blackboard.” We will provide modest honoraria to those whose submissions are selected.

While the Web contains a multitude of primary sources ripe for use in the classroom, finding ways to use them creatively can be a challenge for teachers with limited planning time. “Digital Blackboard” contains model classroom activities that use Web resources and emphasize both social history and student-centered inquiry. We are seeking Web-based activities covering the range of topics found in U.S. History survey courses; we also ask teachers to provide a commentary of at least one paragraph on how the assignment worked in their classroom. Please send submissions (be sure to identify whether the activity was used in a high school or college classroom) to Ellen Noonan, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, at enoonan@gc.cuny.edu