Free Pilot for Canvas® Users!

If you’re a Canvas® LMS user, pilot one of our programs between now and the end of the semester for free!

With end of term testing just weeks away, WorldView is offering schools free unlimited access to one of our social studies products via Canvas® at no cost through the end of this school year.  Our interactive workbook-style programs can be used as your digital textbook, as a supplementary aid in class, as a test prep tool, or for credit recovery.

All WorldView titles can be seamlessly embedded into your on-line Canvas® courses utilizing a single sign-on.  Canvas® tracking remains fully operational.  Just contact WorldView for a Consumer key and Shared Secret of the title of your choosing.

Each student receives a personal account with access to the entire WorldView product.  Our comprehensive programs include hundreds of writing activities, thousands of test or study questions, and a plethora of resource material: biographies, chronologies, glossaries, original source documents, and much, much, more.

Visit our website, www.worldviewsoftware.com, for more information on all our social studies titles. (If you’re not a Canvas® user, contact us for a regular product preview.)


BulbgraphOnOffUse the answers to the “Questions for Thought” in the overview as a note-taking guided exercise.


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PROGRAM UPDATE: Judicial Decision-Making

New for 2017, WorldView Software’s U.S. Government: An Interactive Approach has new resources for learning more about how judges and justices makes decisions.

The overview of Chapter 11: The Judiciary contains a new discussion of the doctrine of originalism, along with ancillary factual and conceptual questions and glossary terms that support learning and assessment:

Screenshot of Chapter 11: The Judiciary
Screenshot of new factual question

BulbgraphOnOffUse a video capture tool like Recap for formative assessment: have students describe the readings in their own words, using the Questions for Thought as prompts.


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PROGRAM UPDATE: Presidential Powers

New for 2017, WorldView Software’s U.S. Government: An Interactive Approach has new resources for learning more about the president of the United States.

Chapter 9: The Presidency has a new image with introduction and questions called Graph: Executive Orders, which shows the use of these orders in comparison by president from FDR through Obama:

Screenshot of Graph: Executive Orders

Chapter 9: The Presidency also has an updated overview and revised conceptual questions that reflect President Trump’s use of social media, and new glossary terms (which are linked from their context in the overview).

Screenshot of Chapter 9: The Presidency overview showing linked terms that are defined in the glossary.

BulbgraphOnOffUse our databank of study questions in a polling service such as in Google Classroom to do quick mid-stream assessments.


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PROGRAM UPDATE: Evaluating Fake News

New for 2017, WorldView Software’s U.S. Government: An Interactive Approach has resources for learning about how to distinguish real news from fake.

Chapter 5: The Media overview section “Newer Media” has been updated to discuss the propaganda phenomenon, with corresponding factual and conceptual questions for assessment as well as additional vocabulary terms in the glossary.

Screenshot of the updated Chapter 5: The Media.

And that’s not all!  The Tutorial: Social Media has been updated to include information on how to evaluate news articles, including the handy flowchart from the Featured Image for instant appraisal (this updated tutorial is also available in American History II: Reconstruction to the Present).

Finally, the Graph: Primary Sources of News has been updated to show how online news sources overtook other mediums:

Screenshot of the updated Graph: Primary Sources of News

BulbgraphOnOffArt images can be used to discuss the differences between visual and textual sources.


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WorldView Software and Canvas®

We are very pleased to announce that WorldView Software has been fully integrated with Canvas® from Instructure, Inc.!  Canvas® is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers use into one simple place.

Use your Canvas® account to access our award-winning apps:

A screenshot of WorldView Software’s American History II program within the Canvas teacher’s edition.

You can now find us through the EduAppCenter, which is maintained by Canvas®.  We are also accessible from within Canvas® as an external app.  A consumer key and sharedsecret (password) are required for access.

Canvas® is the fastest-growing open online learning management system (LMS) in K-12 — it’s even been selected by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction as a tool teachers throughout the state can use to collaborate. If you’re in NC, our programs World History A & B, American History I & II, and U.S. Government with Economics are fully correlated to state standards and have been approved for use as both textbooks and supplements.

Canvas® LMS + WorldView content = learning!


BulbgraphOnOffArt images are a great way to introduce units: use them to generate questions on all sorts of topics!


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Top Ten Posts in 2016

These were the posts on WorldView Software’s blog that were most popular over the past year:

  1. Home page / Archives – See the latest post here
  2. American Ancestry in Maps – there are LOTS of people with German ancestry
  3. Transgender People in History – definitions, historical examples, and more
  4. The Museum of Lost Objects – documenting antiquities lost to war
  5. How Do Polls Work? – when is a poll a valid measure of public opinion?
  6. Economic Indicators – non-traditional indicators of economic well-being (or not)
  7. Phases of the Moon – why we keep track of the moon
  8. Could You Come up with $1,000 for an Emergency? – a personal financial literacy issue
  9. Secular Homeschoolers – why WorldView’s materials are a good fit
  10. Using Pokémon Go to Teach Local History – how to work the fad into your lesson planning

Have a happy new year, and thanks for reading!


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#EdTech Evolution, Not Revolution

There’s a reason WorldView Software has been in business for over three decades: technology changes, but people don’t.  Edtech, or technology use in schools — just as in every other area of life — has to work with how people learn.  Furthermore, transformation of such a bedrock institution generally requires the resources of a state, and all of those resources, not just money.

State governments shoulder the primary responsibility for public education in our society through their creations: local school districts.  In addition to the local taxes that pay for schools, states certify teachers, may require curricula (and even particular textbooks), and provide additional funding.  If a local school district goes too far around the bend, the state will step in.  Education is a huge, complex undertaking and has been for over a century.

It’s a little stunning how many other companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars learning this the hard way.   A recent article by a professor at Columbia Business School in The Atlantic listed the roll of edtech companies that have gone belly-up:

  • Leapfrog
  • Knowledge Universe
  • Amplify (when it was part of News Corp)
  • Edison Schools
  • GlobalScholar
  • practically the entire universe of for-profit colleges

The article pins the failure of these companies on two factors in particular: inability to scale nationally or even globally (for example, daycare is inherently local) and being too-ambitious in scope (aiming to remake every aspect of education rather than pick something and focus):

The pursuit of high-minded ideals and the belief that the status quo is so bad that it can’t be hard to improve upon causes many investors to devalue execution—yet execution is particularly crucial to the survival of organizations that take on overly broad mandates…The greatest educational-business successes have come from a series of targeted, incremental steps forward within tightly defined markets.

It’s not about grandiose visions promising to create new societies, nor is it about how many bells and whistles you can cram in your software.  As an edtech business, WorldView Software’s focus is on creating and delivering the finest possible content in high school and middle school social studies.  Maybe that’s why we’ve been in business for 35 years!


BulbgraphOnOffWhen assigning overviews for your flipped classroom, use the “Questions for Thought” as a reflection activity.


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