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Welcome to 2014-2015 New Jersey National History Day

Teachers! Check out the Teacher Resource tab for talking points from the Behring Ambassador conferences

Check out the NJNHD 2014 video here

**Check out the 'National History Day' tab to your left to see new photos and awards from the 2014 State Contest!**

What did teachers say about WHY they participated in NHD??
We got some great answers!: 
A great experience for students.
Good competition.
An opportunity for students to learn extensive research skills
Teach students to practice identifying bias and point of view
Helps students realize the value of asking questions; reading connections; thinking about significance; learning independent work skills.
Learning time management and meeting deadlines
Great opportunity for college bound students!
Thanks NJNHD Teachers!

2015 Theme: Leadership and Legacy in History

Online Registration Deadline:  Feb. 1st - no exceptions! All paper and website entries must be completed and submitted by this time as well. 

Important Dates

2015 Contest Dates

To come!

New Publication! <-- check out this new publication with an article written by one of our N.J. History Day teachers, Joan Ruddiman of West Windsor Plainsboro!

Salute to Freedom Site is Live
The Salute to Freedom site is live. Featuring content by 51 NHD students, representing every state and the District of Columbia, this site honors the contributions made by every state to World War II.
Make sure to check out the NJ - by Payton Kelly-McNally. Nice work!  Since being selected in June, students have been working diligently to identify these contributions, identifying images and writing captions and text.
In January, these students will be attending the Grand Opening of The National WWII Museum's US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

New NHD Weebly Features
Hello All,Weebly has recently released a hand full of new Weebly features! These features are all available to NHD Weebly participants.
So, what are these new features?: - Internal Site Searching- Header Slideshows- HD Video- Customizable Footers- Upload Larger Files What does this mean for NHD Weebly users? - Internal Site Searching - One of the key concerns NHD Weebly strives to achieve is restricting the connection to the world wide web from our NHD Weebly projects.
Not to fear, the new Internal Site Searching is a tool that allows for users and the audience to search keywords WITHIN the NHD web site project only. In no way will this site search feature link to the world wide web for global searching. This could be quite handy in locating sources within a project's bibliography or finding bibliographies and process papers in general.
- Header Slideshows - This is a cool feature that allows users to customize their headers with multiple pictures. Instead of a static, one picture header, NHD students can display multiple pictures, with ease and fluidity, to highlight their web site. - HD Video - NHD participants can now upload video to true HD quality. They have also increased the limit of 100MB of media to 1GB. That's 30+ minutes of HD footage that NHD participants can add! Even though there are more opportunities for increased use of media on NHD projects, the clips still have to meet the 45 second rule.
- Customizable Footers - In the past, footers have been one line of text areas at the bottom of Weebly web sites but the new custom footers allow for important pages, social media icons, company logos, and contact forms. For NHD Weebly these new footer features are available but NHD projects are PROHIBITED from having social media icons linking out of their project. The footer options for NHD projects are restricted to important page links for internal pages and elements only.
- Upload Larger Files - Files have been limited to 100MB in the previous NHD Weebly editor but now participants can upload 250MB worth of files, documents, pictures, etc. These are all very exciting features Weebly has allowed us to incorporate into NHD projects. Below is Weebly's formal announcement on their blog. Please read over everything to learn the features, watch the video, and spread the word about NHD Weebly's new features.
New Jersey History Day Supporters

National History Day is supported by:

William Paterson University

New Jersey Historical Commission

National Maritime Historical Society
Important Information

T-Shirt Design Contest:

Students: design a t-shirt for this year's competition theme!

Click here for more Information
Registration Information

Registration is not currently open for the 2015 Contest Year. We will update this information when registration opens.

Why Participate?

Many different people participate in the NHD program:

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Libraries, Museums, and Archives
  • Community Businesses

The NHD program serves as a vehicle to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local history, and then challenges them to expand their thinking and apply knowledge of local events to the national, or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.

"The true benefits from participating in National History Day go way past a certificate or medal. The program teaches kids the writing, analytical understanding, and reading comprehension skills that will make them a success in life, no matter what their career," states parent Susan Moose.

National History Day in New Jersey in NJEA Review

Dr. Joan Ruddiman, NHD in New Jersey Advisory Board Member and National History Day teacher and judge, wrote and submitted a wonderful article on NHD in New Jersey to NJEA. It was published in the September 2009 issue of NJEA Review. If you have not yet seen the article, you can find it through this link:
Thanks, Dr. Ruddiman!
Independence Park Institute Field Trip Grants by Target

Are your students ready for some fun? Bring them to the Independence Park Institute for interactive educational programs. Target is giving away 5000 grants of $800 each that you could use for this field trip.
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