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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes
Educators are looking for ways to help students participate in a digital world, but the choices for digital engagement in the classroom can be overwhelming. Many teachers have little to no money to pay for premium versions of apps and are looking for quick and easy ways to determine how an app works. They must also consider why it might be useful for their teaching practice. Rachel Langenhorst helps teachers in her district find solutions for those issues. She used to teach social studies, but is now the K-12 Technology Integrationist and Instructional Coach at Rock Valley Community Schools in Iowa. She put together a list of favorite digital tools for the social studies classroom and shared them during an edWeb webinar. “Really be cognizant of the digital tools you’re picking and why you are picking them,” Langenhorst said. Every educator in the digital world needs a bookmarking tool to help keep track of resources, ideas and sources for students. Thinglink makes pictures interactive.

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