A couple of days ago, I was a bit cranky. Frustrated with educators who consistently refuse, for a variety of reasons, to integrate the use of technology tools into their instruction, I went off just a little.

I’m better now.

Cause I get it. I do. Teaching is hard enough without having to learn new stuff and then find ways to insert those new things into my classroom. I still believe we need to do those things but I understand the difficulty. And I think some of the teacher resistance I’ve run across is because people need more rationale, more examples, more ease of use.

So today?

Four resources that support the use of technology in social studies classrooms. Don’t get cranky – instead, grab one or two of these ideas and tools and use them yourself. Share them with someone you know.

How to Save Time Teaching With Technology
“Mastering technology – using it to save time, reduce busy work, and ultimately increase student understanding–is another matter entirely.” So the folks at TeachThought have put together 46 tips to help. Once you’ve mastered a few of their tips, browse through their collection of social studies related articles.

The Center for Teaching History with Technology
A resource created to help K-12 history and social studies teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. Find resources for history and social studies lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology. Explore inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects. Learn about web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, virtual field trips, screencasts, online posters, and more. Explore innnovative ways of integrating these tools into the curriculum, watch instructional video tutorials, and learn how others are using technology in the classroom!

Free Technology  for Teachers
I’ve pushed Richard Bryne’s stuff before. His site has tons of tech resources and ideas. Do a serach on his site for “social studies” and you’ll find pages of ideas for integrating tech into your classroom.

Teaching History: Digital Classroom
The Teaching History site is a great personal professional learning tool. The site’s Digital Classroom section is designed to help you find effective ways to use tech tools as part of what you do.

So don’t get cranky. Get better. Good advice for all of us. Myself included.