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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! Related:  Teacher Resources for Reading Informational Texts

Smartboard in the Classroom SMART Technologies An online community for educators using SMART products. SMART Technologies Website (Download Notebook Example) (Download Notebook Example) Download Examples SMART Learning Activities Best sources to download Notebooks and lessons Also, check the International lesson activities. The following websites contain lots of examples of Notebooks to use with your SMART board. ACCE Interactive Whiteboard Resources Download Whiteboard Notebooks in many subject areas. National Whiteboard Network from the UK Interactive Whiteboards from Kent Includes case studies using Smartboard, Whiteboard resources, and others. Interactive Resources For evaluation only (Evaluation watermark) Learning Grids For purchase only Royal Kingston SMART Notebook Templates from UK

13 Good Resources for Social Studies Teachers I recently met an old colleague of mine for breakfast. Steve and I team taught a course together for a couple of years before he retired a few years ago. During our conversation he said to me, "Richard, what I knew you were good at was finding things our students liked." Coming from Steve, whose opinions I hold in high regards, took that as a compliment and as a reminder that I haven't published a good list for fellow social studies teachers in quite a while. Therefore, this evening I sat down and combed through my archives to pick what I think are some off the better free resources for social studies teachers and students. Museum Box is a great tool for creating virtual displays of artifacts that you find online. Mission U.S. offers two interactive journeys through two important eras in U.S. Hip Hughes History is a fantastic YouTube channel that I promoted a few times in 2012. Meograph is a digital storytelling tool that I featured a couple of times in 2012.

Middle School Social Studies Teaching Is All in the Family for This Rock Hill Educator Queenie Hall tried not to go into education. Sure, her mom was a teacher for more than 40 years and her sister was an educator. But Queenie wanted a different path. Read more » {*style:<b>*}{*style:<a href=' a Random Encounter with an Airport Cleaning Lady Changed This Teacher's Destination{*style:</a>*}{*style:</b>*}{*style:<br>*}Chris Layton had hit the wall. Historypin | Home 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

Teachers Love SMART Boards: Grade: Primary Here is a article called “Whiteboards for Dummies” written by Calvin Hennick for Scholastic – Administrator. This article discusses how to utilize your SMART Board more effectively by identifying some of the obstacles of using a SMART Board once you get it into your classroom. The stories about using it to hang... read more I had a lot of fun today creating an activity called How Many Squares that challenges students to find the total number of unique squares in a given figure. I’ve been away for a little while so let me make up for it by offering a fun Notebook Winter Attendance file for your classroom. Halloween Clip Art (updated) I have compiled an extensive collection of Halloween-related clip art so you don’t have to spend time looking all over the Internet. I’ve spent years reviewing and sharing interactive online resources that work great on a SMART Board. You’ll love this Halloween-related vocabulary activity containing three different word search puzzles. It’s finally here!

Teacher Resources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom. Go to the blog Subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS. Using Primary Sources Discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the Library's primary source analysis tool. TPS Partners The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources. The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal

LiteracyCCGPS - Social Studies Informational Text Resources Skip to main content Try Wikispaces Classroom now. Brand new from Wikispaces. guest Join | Help | Sign In LiteracyCCGPS Home guest| Join | Help | Sign In Turn off "Getting Started" Loading... Free Technology for Teachers TILT - Teachers Improving Learning with Technology The 100 Best (And Free) Online Learning Tools We’re always excited to find the next best thing. But how does one actually find this supposed next best thing? Let Edudemic do the work for you! For example, ever wanted to spend zero dollars but have some of the most bleeding edge technologies at your disposal? Fear not! In the vain of C4LPT, we bring you many other resources that are not as well-known as those featured on their site. Sharing and Collaborating These sites offer a place for educators to find open educational resources as well as provide a place for those who want to share their ideas or work collaboratively on projects. Apple Learning Interchange. Open Courseware Search Engines Use these search engines to find more open educational resources and information. OER Recommender. Open Courseware These institutions offer open courseware available for anyone to access. TU Delft OpenCourseWare. Online Academic Video Sites These sites provide educational videos free of charge that will help inspire your teaching. Open Vault. Edublogs.

5 Great Sites for Student-Friendly Informational Texts - Green Light Learning Tools by Helen Beyne You already know that one main mission of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is to help students comprehend a wide variety of informational texts—nonfiction texts that inform readers about a topic. But with the vast amount of information available online, you might not know where to go to find appropriate informational texts for your students. 1. The articles on Time for Kids have been created specifically for students in grades K–6, introducing them to “high-quality nonfiction writing to build reading and critical thinking skills.” 2. Newsela presents daily news articles from a number of well-known media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. 3. The Library of Congress (LOC) is one of the definitive online resources for primary-source documents. 4. Another excellent place to access primary sources is the National Archives. 5. Need to find an engaging way to help students understand what’s going on in the world?

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