Looking for some ways to infuse EdTech into your Social Studies curriculum? Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- Create multimedia-drive, collaborative and interactive timelines using Google Spreadsheets and the Timeline JS website.
- Overview Video
- Sample, Completed Google Spreadsheet (Steven Spielberg)
- Finished Example: History of Ghana
- Go on a virtual-tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.
Digital Storytelling (on iPad or Mac):
- Click here for a digital storytelling starter kit.
- Possible apps/programs: iMovie, Comic Life, Puppet Pals, Prezi
- 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.
- The above link details six (6) content-specific apps that can help reinforce specific curriculum concepts.
- Host real-time, discussions online in your classroom through a temporary chatroom. You can also export the chat and save the results.
- Video chat and collaborate with a classroom from another state or country.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- A Google query game that reinforces digital literacy and proper searching techniques.