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KSHS Teacher eNews

Issue 83, September 2015

Museum director and IKE giving a virtual tour of Kansas Museum of History.Tour Kansas Museum of History with IKE

Take your students on a tour of the Kansas Museum of History without leaving the classroom. IKE, the Interactive Kansas Educator, is a robot that provides virtual guided tours for grades Kindergarten through 12. During this fun and interactive tour, IKE accompanies a Museum teacher through the exhibits. The classroom teacher is provided with an easy-to-use software to operate IKE from a classroom computer. The Museum teacher can see and hear the students in the classroom. Students can ask questions and receive an immediate reply.

Several tours are available, including Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War, American Indians, and Oregon and Santa Fe trails. The cost is $30 per hour. For more information, call 785-272-8681, ext. 415.

The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.


Girl riding toy tractor past cows in a pen.Happy Birthday, Kansas! Photo Contest Deadline is October 31

The submission deadline for the second annual Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo contest is October 31, 2015. This year's theme is Your Kansas Community, and students are encouraged to photograph people working and playing in their communities. Contest is open to students from first through 12th grade. Winners will be announced as part of the state's 155th birthday commemoration at the Kansas State Capitol on January 29, 2016. Twelve first place and 12 second place prizes will be awarded. First place prizes are iPads; second place prizes are Kindles. For more information and a complete list of contest rules, visit kshs.org/18624.


Three women sitting at table and studying artifact.Professional Development

The Kansas Historical Society offers professional in-service development sessions designed specifically for elementary and secondary Language Arts and Social Studies teachers. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to examine reproduction artifacts. They will also learn how to investigate resources for finding primary sources. Presenter is trained and endorsed by the Kansas Department of Education in the area of social studies, formative assessment, and integration strategies.

For more information, contact Marcia Fox at 785-272-8681, ext. 416; mfox@kshs.org.


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Spanish translations to the primary Read Kansas! lessons are now available.

Bring history to your community with a traveling resource trunk. Reserve now for your Kansas Day lesson.

Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority offers transportation to USD 501 schools visiting Kansas Museum of History.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area offers bus grants to assist with transportation for field trips that align with the themes of Freedom's Frontier.

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.


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