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Social Studies and EdTech – Ideas and Resources for Your Classroom

Abe Lincoln iPhone

Looking for some ways to infuse EdTech into your Social Studies curriculum? Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Timeline JS (Digital Timeline Creator)

Gettysburg Battle App

  • Go on a virtual-tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.

Digital Storytelling (on iPad or Mac):

Making Memes

  • Memes are often clever and relevant – so why not make them using historical figures? Haiku Deck on the iPad is a great app to kick out a quick meme.


  • Make a faux Facebook account for a historical figure, including adding comments and posts from the figure’s contemporaries.

6 Apps to Fall in Love With

  • The above link details six (6) content-specific apps that can help reinforce specific curriculum concepts.

Today’s Meet

  • Host real-time, discussions online in your classroom through a temporary chatroom. You can also export the chat and save the results.

Skype Education and ePals

  • Video chat and collaborate with a classroom from another state or country.

Google Search results from another country (click for an example – searching “American Revolution” from British websites)

  • To find results from another country, add site:country code to the end of a search – for example, search site:uk to search England, site:br for Brazil, etc
  • Click here for a list of country codes.

Plan it Green

  • According to Anibal Pacheco of Instructional Technology Solutions, Plan It Green is a “new cloud based online gaming community where students come together to learn more about the importance of recycling and how eco-friendly habits that can help save our environment. Plan It Green’s goal is to help students learn about the management of time and resources while socially interacting with others in a city building simulation game.”

World War 2 – Day by Day Video

  • This video shows the changing front lines of the European Theater of World War II every day from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Germany.

News Map

  • Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.
  • See popular headlines in countries around the world.

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