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Integrating Content Resources & Technology into Social Studies Class

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A review of the best resources online for social studies class and examples of how some teachers have effectively integrated them into the curriculum.

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Integrating Content Resources & Technology into Social Studies Class

  1. 1. Integrating the Web and Technology into the Social Studies Classroom Presented by Mark E. Moran Founder & CEO, Dulcinea Media NSSSA Conference December 1, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>Do I have to copy ALL of this down? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Links to this presentation and all resources mentioned are included in a blog post at
  4. 4. Our mission: to help educators teach students how to use the Web effectively.
  5. 5. <ul><li>Mark E. Moran </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @findingDulcinea </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Attorney </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneering Internet Executive </li></ul><ul><li>Parent of three in grades 6, 9, 12 </li></ul><ul><li>District Curriculum Committee </li></ul><ul><li>15 education conferences in past year </li></ul>
  6. 7. Learning is relevant when the student… <ul><li>Understands how this information or skill has some application to his life; </li></ul><ul><li>Has an opportunity to follow his own process rather than just learn “the facts;” </li></ul><ul><li>Is not just learning content and skills, but is reflecting on their work and their progress as learners. </li></ul><ul><li>– Peter Pappas </li></ul><ul><li>@edteck </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>“ Teachers waiting for a workshop to show them how to use technology are never going to do it. </li></ul><ul><li>You have to jump in and try something.”  </li></ul><ul><li>-- Brent Jorth </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher, Waukee, IA </li></ul><ul><li>@bjorth </li></ul>
  8. 9. Learn From Your Colleagues <ul><li>#SSChat </li></ul><ul><li>#EdChat </li></ul><ul><li>EdCamps (EdCamp SS Philly March 2012) </li></ul>
  9. 13. @glennw98
  10. 15. @johnsonmaryj
  11. 17. @jsmummert
  12. 18. TED Talks Demystified, The History Teacher ’s Attic
  13. 19. Find ideas for lesson plans on websites...
  14. 22. @edsitement
  15. 26. @highschoolpsych
  16. 27. Use the Web to ... <ul><li>Find & evaluate an endless array of primary sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Empower students as creators and publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Connect and collaborate with other classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Promote change and global understanding </li></ul>
  17. 28. Primary Sources Are…
  18. 29. <ul><li>Sources created around the time of an event </li></ul><ul><li>free of historical interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>offer a unique perspective </li></ul><ul><li>represent an era or moment in time </li></ul>
  19. 30. By Studying Primary Sources, Students… <ul><li>build standards-based skills such as critical thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>learn to recognize that the record-keepers saw the world through a singular lens. </li></ul><ul><li>learn to apply new knowledge to dynamic projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Indeed, they become historians. </li></ul>
  20. 33. Historic speeches, letters, and essays
  21. 38. Political Cartoons
  22. 41. Videos
  23. 42. Interviews
  24. 43. Interviews
  25. 44. Audio recordings
  26. 45. Historic and international newspapers
  27. 51. Artwork and Photographs
  28. 53. August 14, 1945, Times Square New York City
  29. 54. Picturing America – Themes - Courage
  30. 56. For a more global perspective
  31. 60. Using the Web, students become creators... <ul><li>Students at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania used Wikispaces and Web research to create their own online U.S. History textbook, covering the past decade. </li></ul>
  32. 63.
  33. 66. <ul><li>My 6th grade used Wallwisher for h/w tonight. Answered 2 questions on book they're reading. </li></ul><ul><li>-- Shirley (@8rinaldi) </li></ul><ul><li>humanities teacher </li></ul>
  34. 68. Using the web, students become active learners and global citizens....
  35. 71. <ul><li>“ In real-time, sitting in a classroom in semi-rural Maryland, my 9th grade Human Geography students reached out to the world, asked it a question, and got a response.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Shelly Blake Plock, @teachpaperless </li></ul>
  36. 73. Tools for creating a global classroom:
  37. 76. “ When you have a friend in a country where news is happening, you start paying attention more than you would if you didn’t know anybody there.” -- Bill Reilly Social Studies Teacher
  38. 79. “ Now that you’ve done the research on the topic, how can you affect positive change on that topic on a local level? ” --Elizabeth Devine
  39. 82. Put history in context with timelines:
  40. 85. Animations
  41. 86. Simulations