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HS teachers, Special Collections expand teaching website

For a major expansion of a Libraries online project, used by social studies teachers in high schools across NJ, Special Collections and University Archives brought together some well qualified people to do the job.

Electronic New Jersey uses original source materials from Special Collections and University Archives, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey Historical Society to provide digital curriculum resources with a New Jersey perspective on national historical developments and personalities. Existing modules in Electronic New Jersey focus on the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War Two, Women's Suffrage, the Cold War, Paul Robeson, Mass Culture & Consumerism, Social Protests in the 1960s and 1970s, and other topics.

Six Hunterdon Central Regional High School social studies faculty members - Laura Sproul, Lindsay Warren, Keith Dennison, Sharon Sweeney, Kenneth Kotcher, and Adam Leonard - who have all used the Electronic New Jersey website in their classrooms, spent two weeks in July working in Alexander Library to add three new modules to the website. The new modules will use primary source materials to highlight these topics:

To help prepare these new modules the Hunterdon Central teachers worked with Professor Beth Rubin of Rutgers' Graduate School of Education on pedagogical methods and heard presentations from Dr. Clement Price, director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark, on civil rights struggles at Rutgers Newark in the 1960s; Rutgers University Libraries' Women's and Gender Studies Librarian Kayo Denda on the intent and impact of Title IX; Rutgers-New Brunswick History Professor Donna Murch on Civil Rights history; William Fernekes, social studies chairperson at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, on U.S. Senator Clifford Case; and Libraries web developer Chad Mills on principles of effective web design.

The work of the six teachers was guided by William Fernekes and University Archivist Tom Frusciano, who both serve as co-directors of the Electronic New Jersey project. Electronic New Jersey has been available for classroom use since 1997. The upgrade is supported by a $10,400 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, administered by Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

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The six Hunterdon Central Regional High School Teachers work together in the Clifford Case room in Special Collections and University Archives in July.

Posted July 19, 2010