Technology in the Social Studies

From the beginning to the expert teacher, using technology as part of social studies instruction in the 21st century is essential. K-12 students use cell phones, the Internet, video games and many other forms of technology. To maintain relevance in the lives of those students, classroom instruction needs to include not only social studies content but 21st century tools and skills.

Presentation Materials

METC 2015 Tasty Tech Tools
Technology and Social Studies April 2015

15 Reasons for Not Using Technology

Historical Thinking & Primary Sources

Reading Like A Historian
Beyond the Bubble
Teaching with Primary Sources / Library of Congress Journal
Library of Congress Teacher Page

Library of Congress Analysis Worksheets
National Archives Teacher Page
National Archives: Teaching with Documents
National Archives: DocsTeach – (Click here to get PDF aligning DocsTeach lessons to Common Core literacy standards)

National Archives: Our Documents
Kansas Memory
Historical Thinking Matters
Historical Scene Investigation
Teaching History with Technology

Center for History and New Media
Newspaper Archive
Historical Thinking Skills Interactives
Footnote
List of Primary Sources
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
Using Evidence / Analysis Worksheets

Collect Tools
PrintFriendly
BibMe
KeepVid
TubeChop

Newsela
Listen Current
Google Public Datasets

CiteLighter
ReadLists
Purify
Pocket
Flipboard
Evernote

Collaborate Tools
Padlet / Holocaust sample
Google My Maps /
support / example
Zaption / example
DropBox
LiveBinders
Feedly

Fantasy GeoPolitics
Diigo
Edmodo
DropBox
Send to Dropbox

Create Tools
Google Tour Builder
StoryMaps JS / Example
Thinglink / Thinglink Edu / Example
Canva / Canva example
Google Lit Trips

Storehouse sample
Adobe Voice / example
Tripline
Recite
Classtools.net

Interactive Google Forms / example / example
Interactive Story instructions / Tutorial
Writing Navigator
Show What You Know 44 tools infographic

Communicate Tools

Kahoot – Students
Kahoot – Teachers
44 Tools to Publish Student Work
Hstry
Zoom In

Socrative
Infuse Learning
TedEd / TedEd Zombies
Remind

Video Games & Mobile Apps

How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff:
Understanding Context
Video Gaming Made Me a History Major
The Assassin’s Perspective: Teaching History with Video Games (pdf version)
Teaching with Video Games Make More Sense Now Than Ever

Six Ways to Find Video Games You Can Teach With
Graphite
Common Sense Media: Games That Teach History
Change Gamer
Mission to Learn Games

Educade
Games for Change
I want my students to . . . (apps for different tasks)
Playing History – Your Source for Historical Games

Civilization III Lesson Plan
The Institute of Play
Gaming Can Save the World – TEDTalk
TeachThought gaming articles
Twitter #gbl
TeachingHistory Series: Games in the History Classroom

Mission US
Stop Disasters
Traveler IQ
iCivics
Pocket Law Firm app

PBS elementary games
Primary Games
WebRangers: National Park Service
Online Interactive Simulations list

Stop Disasters
Pursued
Historia / Historia article
SimCityEdu
Minecraft EDU

Civilization V
Assassins Creed III

iOS resources
Social Studies iPad Apps
80 Days (iOS)
Mission US (iOS)

Web Sites & Lesson Plans
Smithsonian Lessons
Teaching History
Best of History Web Sites
Gilder Lehrman Modules

ReadWriteThink
Digital History
Read and Writing in the Social Studies
Teaching Tolerance
My Wonderful World

37 Writing Prompts
Social Studies Writing Prompts
History Frame
Word Sorts
Book Bits

Social Networks & PLNs

#sschat
Professional Organizations

Social Media

Frictionless Formative Assessment with Social Media
100 Ways to Use Facebook in Your Classroom
10 Ways to Use Instagram / More ideas
22 Ways to Use Twitter
More Twitter Resources
The Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest
25 Ways to Use Pinterest According to Bloom’s
Using Social Media in the Social Studies Classroom