Welcome to 2012-2013 New Jersey National History Day
Theme for this year's 2012-2013 National History Day is here!
Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, EventsOnline Registration is Now Open
On-line Registration Deadline: February 1, 2013
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2013 Contest Dates
Regional Contests –
Region 1 Contest: The College of New Jersey: Sunday, March 3, 2013 http://nj.nhd.org/ud/templates/register.php
Schools within the following counties must register for the Region 1 contest – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem
Region 2 Contest: Princeton University: Saturday, March 9, 2013 http://nj.nhd.org/ud/templates/register.php
Schools within the following counties must register for the Region 2 contest – Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Warren
Region 3 Contest: Kean University: Saturday, March 23, 2013 http://nj.nhd.org/ud/templates/register.php
Schools within the following counties must register for the Region 3 contest – Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Union
NJ State Contest – Saturday, May 4, 2013, William Paterson University
Common Core Standards
Interested in connecting your History Day lessons to the Common Core Standards, look no further!
Check out this link to the National History Day Website where you can find the Common Core Standards connected to History Day.
What's New and Exciting with HD?
NJHD on Grover Middle School Morning New Show
NHD students on the Sea Girt Lighthouse website
Articles featuring State Advancers:
The Hunterdon Democrat
The Alternative Press
New Jersey Council for History Education:
East Orange Student Wins Third Place at NHD Contest- 2012
A Student's Personal Story:
My name is Ashrita Raman. I'm a middle school student at Community Middle School. I'm in eighth grade and this is my 3rd year in NHD.
6th Grade: 2 years ago; the first day of October. I nervously walk into the NHD classroom. A plethora of questions whiz into my head. What is NHD? What do you do? Is it tedious? Fun? Hard? Nervously, I walk in. I'm greeted by Mrs. Rosnick, a gray-haired, energetic looking person. Maybe this won't be so bad after all! I smile as I slide into my seat. One month later. My head swarms with all the new information Mrs. Rosnick has given us. A bibliography WITH annotations? What is this? Why do we have to do so much work? Should I have even joined NHD at all? I groan in despair. However, I still keep my head up and work every day, trying to find more sources and working on my exhibit. My work eventually pays off when I qualify for the States, two years in a row.
8th Grade: 2 years later; January 2013. Finally an eighth grader, I walk into Language Arts, only to be greeted by a new project: a research paper. Ugh, I think. This is going to be so BORING! How will I survive? Suddenly, our teacher speaks. "For this research paper, you need to have a minimum of 3 text sources! You must cite all of your sources in Noodletools, MLA Format! Does anyone have trouble with this? This is going to be pretty hard..." Our teacher drones on as I smile. NHD really did pay off! 3 sources? Honestly, we probably had 25 times more than that amount! I laugh as people around me groan, complaining about how many sources they had to find and how much work they had to do. After joining NHD, I have really become a better researcher and a more informative person. NHD has helped me in my research, analysis, and thinking skills in school. Without NHD, I wouldn't be the same person as I am today.
NHD is on Classroom Close-Up www.njea.org/about/classroom-close-up
Episode 2012-13, Show 5 at 19minutes and 30 seconds New Jersey History Day has been highlighted on Classroom Close-up! The students of Community Middle School, West Windsor-Plainsboro and their teacher, Karen Rosnick, demonstrated the wonderful qualities, inspirational outcomes and authentic benefits that National History Day offers students. Congratulations!
Salute to Freedom Site is Live salutetofreedom.org
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 blog.weebly.com/2/post/2012/12/exciting-new-features-new-plans.html
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.
What Is History Day?
National History Day is not just a day, but every day! The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June.
For more than twenty-five years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.
NHD is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.
New Jersey History Day Supporters
National History Day is supported by:
William Paterson University
New Jersey Historical Commission
National Maritime Historical Society
T-Shirt Design Contest:
Students: design a t-shirt for this year's competition theme!
Click here for more Information
Registration is OPEN. All registrations must be completed by February 1, 2013.
To Register: go to the On-line Registration link to your left.
Many different people participate in the NHD program:
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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