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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Nellie Deutsch Mar 13, 2009. 1 Reply


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I teach social studies 7th grade at Tolland Middle School, and I am also Curriculum director at We are a non-profit current events discussion website striving to bring widened perspectives and international news understanding to students. We are free and free from advertising on our site! Looking for collaborators for my students!!??

Educators (from all disciplines) create accounts and their students sign up for their teacher's "class". Teachers assign news articles to their students and they discuss them with all the other student users at SEEdebate. Teachers also have the option of creating their own public discussion, or of keeping their discussion private – seen by their class only.

We keep the site populated with important, current international news from diverse news sources. We create unique discussion prompts to get students thinking, as well as any background materials that might be necessary to increase student understanding of the topic.

In the first year of our beta phase, we have glowing reviews from our users. We presented at the National Council of Social Studies conference in San Diego in 2008 and were featured in the NCSS publication The Social Studies Professional. We currently have educators in 39 states and 5 countries, and are fast approaching the 1000 student mark.

Please check us out and if you think you can use us in your class – come aboard! Any advice, encouragement, ideas etc are welcome! And don’t forget to share our site with your colleagues!

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At 2:21pm on November 7, 2009, Johnathan Chase said…
Teach 7/8 social studies.

You could also have students use a favorite song to create a media project that incorporates images of people, events, places from their own countries and other countries. They could share and comment on each other's work.

Click link below to view some examples...

2009 Media Projects
At 11:07am on November 7, 2009, Johnathan Chase said…
Checked out your excellent Seedebate website. Have you considered incorporating popular music into your discussions/debates?

Last school year I asked my students to suggest and write about a theme song for the new administration...

Yes We Can Essays

Might be interesting to pose similar questions to students from different countries. They might even be asked to identify and discuss a theme songs for other countries or even identify a theme song for planet Earth?
At 1:51pm on July 30, 2009, Greg Hart said…
Get ready for this years Magnet Schools of America National Conference in Tampa by joining the MSA Tampa Ning at and find your treasure in Magnet!
At 5:43pm on March 11, 2009, Tom Daccord said…
Hi Meghan. Happy Birthday!

I am interested in learning more about I am webmaster of Best of History Web Sites and Center for Teaching History with Technology and may feature your site in the near future.
At 7:40am on January 3, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Meghan!

Happy New Year! I was wondering if you or your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. We'd really like to get more students involved from Connecticut!

You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:55pm on March 6, 2008, Bronwyn Desjardins said…
Hi Meghan, thanks for the tip. I will have a look at your website and discuss the idea with the principal. Will get back to you. Have a super weekend.
Where are you from?
At 11:39am on March 6, 2008, Hans Feldmeier said…
Hi from Germany! You´ve got a nice website.
If you interested in digital teaching methods like blogging, using wikis ... in this case please consider to join the biggest group on CR 2.0 I´ve created called DigiSkills with now 267 members:)
Greetings from Bavaria
At 1:44pm on March 5, 2008, Deniz said…
Your site, is quite impressing.Thanks for your message Meghan. I will suggest the site to my friends who teach at the tertiary level, as well. The wide range of articles in diverse topics is sure to grow. All the Best from Istanbul! :)
At 8:08am on March 4, 2008, Ann Jolicoeur Thomas said…
What a great site is. I am hugely biased, but still impressed at the attention you give to the educators and students there.
At 8:06am on March 4, 2008, Sue Palmer said…
Thanks Meghan. Your site is very interesting as well. I have already forwarded it to our Participation in Government teacher for use with her students, and I may use it with mine as well!


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