TCI Unveils History Alive! World Connections at ISTE 2012

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New High School Program Explores Inter-Regional Connections and Global Themes

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Students can get involved in an activity in class, then read about the historical event on their iPad or computer, complete online Common Core Activities and even take an online assessment.

Unveiled today at the ISTE 2012 Conference, TCI’s new high school program, History Alive! World Connections, uses multiple lenses to tell a story, inviting students to begin with a wide-angle view to examine eras in world history and then zoom in to understand the development of events and interactions among the world's people and cultures today.

This 30-lesson program begins by exploring the foundations of world history and concludes with a lesson that challenges students to consider contemporary global issues. Filled with the tried-and-true TCI strategies that have engaged students for more than 20 years, History Alive! World Connections also takes full advantage of TCI’s award-winning online technology, with sophisticated classroom presentations, online student text and a digital Interactive Student Notebook with Common Core activities.

Active, student-centered instruction has long been the hallmark of TCI. History Alive! World Connections builds on this tradition with inventive, engaging classroom activities that challenge students to discover information and think critically. In the lesson “Political Revolutions and Their Legacies,” for example, students act out the parts of key nationalist leaders and revolutionaries during the Age of Revolution. Then, they convene a “Revolutionary Council” to discuss the key grievances, goals and outcomes of their revolutions. In the lesson “Toward a Global Economy,” students visit a wing of a European museum devoted to the emergence of the first global age and then win points by showing how and why artifacts led to Europe’s dominance in the first global age.

“It was important to us to create a program that not only captures students’ imaginations with original classroom activities but that also takes full advantage of our increasingly robust technology,” said Bert Bower, TCI founder and CEO. “Students can get involved in an activity in class, then read about the historical event on their iPad or computer, complete online Common Core Activities and even take an online assessment. I don’t believe there is another social studies program that so seamlessly integrates technology.”

For more information about TCI, visit http://www.teachtci.com, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TeachTCI or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TeachTCI. In addition, educators can read insightful posts about education issues and trends from the former classroom teachers who today are TCI’s leaders on the company’s blog at http:/blog.teachtci.com/.

About TCI
TCI is an award-winning online K-12 publishing company created by teachers, for teachers. For more than 20 years, the company has partnered with the education community to fundamentally change how social studies is taught. TCI’s K-12 programs are based on proven teaching strategies and practices that bring learning alive and achieve consistent, positive classroom results. TCI believes that the best education marries great content, meaningful technology and interactive classroom experiences. The end result: students of all abilities and learning styles succeed. For more information, visit http://www.teachtci.com.

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