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Technology and Social Studies

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 Social Studies and Technology


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Background Ideas and Information

Aiming for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) 



21st Century Road Map for Social Studies



21st Century Skills for Geography



Web tools




Alphabet Organizers are a great way to wrap up a lesson- can be done in small groups or whole class- http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_material.asp?id=35


Bio Cube



Circle Plot Organizer- students may notice patterns in history or cultures



Comic Creator- students can create a cartoon strip to summarize historical events



Compare and Contrast Essay Plot- this tool guides students through planning for a compare/contrast essay



Library of Congress- Tools for Teaching with Primary Sources- http://www.loc.gov/teachers/


Teaching with Primary Sources from the National Archives- This page has links to worksheets for analyzing primary sources, lesson plans, and actual primary sources from United States history.



Delicious- This is a great tool (for any content area) that allows you and/or your students to bookmark and organize websites that are relevant to your topic. I've seen teachers use it to build background knowledge, or students use it to develop final projects by building a set of references for a topic. http://delicious.com/
Webspiration- a free, online version of Inspiration (don't know how much longer it will be free, however) http://mywebspiration.com/
Bubbl.us- another free online mindmapping tool (can be used across the curriculum) http://www.bubbl.us/index
Google Docs and Presentations- free, online word processing and presentation tools that students can access from any networked computer http://www.google.com/google-d-s/intl/en/tour1.html

Wordle- create a word map from text. Use it to analyze writing, to identify themes or main ideas.  http://www.wordle.net/

Try it with the Declaration of Independence http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm


Thinkfinity- search for lesson plans, resources, interactives http://www.thinkfinity.org/home.aspx



-Create assignments in Discovery Streaming

-Primary Sources in Discovery Streaming

-Search Thinkfinity

-Textbook links

-Teacher Cadre projects

-TCM- Primary Sources

-AP Archives-Primary Source




Templates and storyboards for these PowerPoint projects can be found at PowerPoint in the Classroom


Create interactive calendars for a topic- For more info http://www.microsoft.com/education/aroundtheworld.mspx

  • Important dates in California History, with links to more information
  • Birthdays of important historical figures (such as Revolutionary War icons, World War II figures, etc.) with links to more information, and dates related to the topic


Holiday Calendar.ppt 

Calendar Template.ppt 

Calendar Storyboard.pdf


Create a timeline of a person's life in a calendar

  • Biographies of historic figures


Create an interactive map

  • 3rd grade- map of the city/town, showing important places like the school, library, grocery store, fire station.
  • 4th grade-map of California Missions, with each mission linked to a slide with information about it
  • Intermediate- map of explorers' routes with markers on significant locations
  • Map of historical locations with significant locations linked to more information (WWI, Civil War, Civil Rights movement)

American Colonies.ppt 

Interactive Map Storyboard.pdf 

Interactive Map Template.ppt


Reports- Here's an outline for a country report presentation- it could be adapted for states or regions- it's fairly detailed and could be a good first project to get kids started using PPT



Create a subject alphabet book

  • Each student can submit one letter or students can be responsible for creating their own alphabet for the topic
  • Can be adapted for different grade levels- primary can be responsible for choosing a word and using it in one sentence; intermediate and up can be responsible for  writing a paragraph defining the word and/or explaining its relevance to the topic
  • To model for middle through high school, use G is for Googol or Q is for Quark by David Schwartz.
  • To model for intermediate, use G is for Golden: A California Alphabet by David Domeniconi or A is for America by Devin Scillian.
  • This could be used as a "through" activity, where students add to their alphabets along the way, or as an "into" activity to introduce vocabulary

Alphabet Template.ppt 

A (Fill in the Blank) Alphabet.ppt



What Would You Do?- History is full of tough decisions. Create a PowerPoint that asks students to face those decisions and make a choice, or have students create one to be shared with classmates. 


What Would You Do Template.ppt 

Gold Rush WWYD.ppt 

What Would You Do Storyboard.pdf


Learning From Pictures- Use photos or drawings of a location or event to encourage critical thinking in students.

Reading Photographs - Template.ppt

The Great Wall of China.ppt



You can search online or on iTunes for podcasts and music tied to your topic. For example, ancient myths and legends, lectures from other teachers, expert interviews, or video podcasts. Below are just a few examples.



Inside Yellowstone


Subscribe at iTunes


Yellowstone InDepth- A closer look at the park.


Subscribe at iTunes


Student Report Vodcasts- Students recorded their biographies

Hopewell Valley Regional School District - Toll Gate Grammar School, Pennington, NJ - Toll Gate Grammar School, Pennington, NJ


California State Parks Podcast- brief introductions to some of California's State Parks.

Subscribe at iTunes


In iTunes there are also a number of podcasts for National Parks.


Middle School


PRI GeoQuiz- Quick hints about a location, tied to news.


Also available at iTunes.


Where in the World?  Kids from all over have created a series of hints about their hometown.  Figure it out, and you get a postcard or e-mail.  It's roughly done, but oddly engaging.



Ancient China Comes to the 21st Century

Available at iTunes- Students present snippets about facets of the early Chinese Dynasty.


For Professional Development

Speaking of History- A middle school teacher ponders his role as a teacherand includes lesson ideas.

Subscribe via iTunes by searching for "Speaking of History"




Blogs are a great way to organize classes. You can post assignment, questions, discussions, files, movies, and more, so that students can access information and work from anywhere.



Civil Rights Wiki- this wiki has directions for a multifacted project. It could be adapted for any number of topics



Holocaust Project- http://www.ahistoryteacher.com/~ahistory/apwhreview/index.php?title=Holocaust_Wiki_Project -Students research victims of the  Holocaust in order to create life stories


Plants and Animals of the Bering Strait Wiki http://wiki.bssd.org/index.php/Category:Plants_and_Animals_of_the_Bering_Strait -This can serve as a model for developing vocabulary or biography wikis, where students develop knowledge on a specific aspect of a topic.


History Study Wiki- this wiki was developed by students as a year long study guide http://woodward8.wikispaces.com/



Google Earth Field Trips

We can't take the kids on real field trips, so why not take a virtual field trip using Google Earth? Here are some examples.





Digital Storytelling


Speaking of History Blog- ideas for creating a "Common Craft" type video for historic events http://speakingofhistory.blogspot.com/2009/03/podcast-184-creating-common-craft-type.html



Sample Unit

An example of a unit that integrates technology can be found at this Google Doc:  http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfjjcjtr_82hskm3ffw


Grade Level Standards and Resources 

Kindergarten: Learning and Working Now and Long Ago 



1st Grade: A Child's Place in Space and Time



2nd Grade: People Who Make a Difference




3rd Grade:  Continuity and Change


4th Grade:  California: A Changing State




5th Grade: United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation




6th Grade: World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations




7th Grade:  World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times




8th Grade: United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict


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