My Social Studies

Your Host for My Social Studies

Fred Risinger served in a variety of positions at Indiana University, Bloomington before retiring after 31 years. He directed programs in US-Japan Studies, Social Studies, and Professional Development. He is a former president of the National Council for the Social Studies, writes a column on using the Internet to teach social studies for Social Education, and has co-written 5 secondary history textbooks and a K-6 social studies program.

This is the first time I’ve greeted you on this website. For many years, it was called “Social Studies Resources,” hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington’s School of Education. When I retired, I planned to continue the concept of this site; but, it’s taken me a few years to set things up. (Procrastination, thy name is Fred.) This page is designed for K-12 social studies teachers and students. It also has information and topics that are useful to pre-service social studies instructors and students. The World Wide Web offers almost unlimited opportunities for social studies education and we hope that this page will benefit both the novice and the experienced Web user.

I want to specifically mention and thank Ms. Allison Smith and her students at Coastal Academy School in California. She wrote me an e-mail and told me how much she and her students appreciated the old “Social Studies Resources” site. That encouraged me finish what I had started several years ago and bring “” on line. Thank you Allison and your students.

I would appreciate your help in maintaining this page as a service to social studies teachers and students. Let me know how you use the Internet (and Web 2.0) in your classroom. Send me your suggestions, advice, and criticism. Contact me at

Content Area Websites

General History



World History

News Sources

Global/International Studies

Cultural Diversity

U.S. History

Gheos-Geography and Travel Site-

This is another "dot-com" site, but one well worth having on your bookmarks.  They bill themselves as the "largest travel portal," but I think it's an invaluable site for geography teachers and well as anyone who wants to know about nations, cities, or geographical features anywhere in the world.  Maps, flags, national anthems, all sorts of statistics, and other information are there.  Check it out.

Other Internet Based Resources for Educators

General Education

Instructional Strategies for the Internet

Intriguing Websites

Professional Development

Professional Organizations

Social Studies Resources

Last Updated: December 15, 2011

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