Past, Present, and Future: Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

Presenters: David Widener, Janet Scott, MS
Target Audience: 4-12 Social Studies Teachers
Location: Middle School - 3rd Floor Computer Lab 314
Time (this is a double session): 9:20-11:10

(Audience limit: 20)

Description: Thomas Jefferson stated he had "an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that if may...reach the extremes of society: beggars and kings." As a result of the Internet and other technologies knowledge is available to virtually everyone. In the history classroom how can we make use of the available technology to prepare our students for the future? In this two hour session we will look at methods, projects, and resources to integrate technology into the social studies classroom. We will look at many of the Web 2.0 tools that enable students to communicate and collaborate with students in class and from around the world. Janet Scott will discuss how she used a blog with her Stock Market Game. The session will discuss and show uses of podcasting and wikis in the social studies classroom, and how they can aid and improve student learning.

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Additional Resources

Google Applications

  1. Blogger
  2. Gmail
  3. Google Docs
  4. Google Earth
  5. Google Maps
  6. YouTube
  7. Picasa


  1. Edublogs
  2. Classblogmeister
  3. Nicenet
  4. Wordpress


  1. Wikispaces
  2. PBWiki
  3. Wetpaint


  1. Slideshare - Upload and share your presentations
  2. Slideboom - Upload your presentations
  3. Bubbleshare - Create and Share photos and slideshows
  4. Remix America - mix and remix videos
  5. TeacherTube An online community for sharing instructional videos.
  6. Zamzar Save and convert YouTube videos.
  7. Timetoast -A Web 2.0 timeline maker

Links for Social Studies

Life Magazine Photo Archive - 10 million images from the Life magazine photo archives.
Newseum - resources for students and teachers from the world's most interactive museum.
The National Archives is a great site for primary sources, lesson plans, and educational links.
The Human Clock - an interactive clock with photos submitted.
Wayback Machine - archive of web sites over the time.

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