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How to Teach with Technology: Social Studies

How to Teach with Technology: Social Studies
Check out these tips from students and educators for high tech teaching: Blogging the Textbook "As a teacher, to make social studies more fun, I use the CoveritLive blogging tool. While I talk and read from the textbook, some of the kids have a blog conversation about what I am presenting. I can be sure they are staying on topic because another teacher approves their comments. CoveritLive is a publishing tool that allows users to instantly publish their blog posts, which allows it to serve somewhat like a chat room. Battle It Out "In history, instead of just reading about battles from World War II, have students recreate them on film. For online tutorials about filmmaking—from the planning stage to shooting to editing—the American Film Institute's ScreenNation offers a wealth of free resources. "Friending" Thomas Paine "We could use MySpace to create profiles about important people in history. I made a page for Thomas Paine. Going to the Source If you have all that, you're set to Skype!

50 Educational Technology Tools Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools

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