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1 Frelinghuysen Middle School Social Studies 2.0: How to Effectively Utilize Technology in the Social Studies Classroom Without Having to be a GuruPresented by:Amy Bozza, Ed.M.Frelinghuysen Middle SchoolMorristown, New Jersey
2 NCSS Guidelines for Technology in the Social Studies Classroom The NCSS has created guidelines for Social Studies educators with regards to the purpose of utilizing technology in a social studies classroom.GUIDELINE CATEGORIESTechnology Operations and ConceptsPlanning and Designing Learning Environments and ExperiencesTeaching, Learning, and the CurriculumAssessment and EvaluationSocial, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues
3 CAUTION!!!Social Studies educators need to be careful that technology is not being used simply to say that a lesson involved technology.Having students type a paper in Microsoft Word is no longer an infusion of technology in a classroom.Technology should be added only when it can extend the lesson in a meaningful way.
4 Beyond Power PointUse technology to show how we remember the people who have gone before.
5 Beyond Power PointUse technology to make a large world smaller.
6 Use technology to make history come alive! Beyond Power PointUse technology to make history come alive!
11 Simulations What makes a strong simulation? Students take on a “real life” characterStudents are required to behave in a manner almost identical to how the actual “person” would have behavedThere are penalties for not making correct choices and students are told how these choices would have affected that character
12 Online Simulations The Luddites Simulation Settle the Jamestown ColonySalem Witch Trial Simulation
13 Simulation Games Sid Meier’s Civilization -strategy game -build an empire from scratch, starting in 4,000 BC with one settler to building the first city, turning into an explorer or warrior-expand your empire while competing against rivals while using geography and technological development-engage in military and political meetings with other nations – establish diplomatic relations and explore maps-plan city construction and scientific progress
14 Simulation Games Age of Empires: Rise of Rome -students play and try to build Rome as they experience historical momentsWith all simulation games, aside from just playing the games, let students find the historical errors
16 Cell Phones in Social Studies Be willing to accept a different type of product.Camera PhonesImmediate pollingRingtones with historical jinglesResearch by dialing Google (Text with your question and they’ll respond within seconds to minutes)
17 Cell Phones in Social Studies Check district policy and get permission from Superintendent or PrincipalPermission forms should go home to inform parentsToys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education by Liz Kolb (published by International Society for Technology in Education)Gives lesson plans, templates for permission forms, and many rationales and ideas for using cell phones in the classroom.
18 iPods in Social Studies Accept a different type of product!Kids can make a podcast for you!Go to iTunes and find podcasts on your content and share with kids.
19 Webquests Webquest.org http://webquest.org/index.php Gives Curriculum Matrix for easier searchesHas a forum for online discussion about webquestsHas a Yahoo Group for further discussion
20 Online Streaming Video Provides educators a way to show the important pieces of a lesson without subjecting students to an entire video, more than half of which may not be relevant.Free SitesRequires Membership (Fee)Beware of copyright issues – Read Terms of Agreements
21 Virtual Field Trips http://www.projectexplorer.org Units available on the web are presented in the form of a virtual field trip, and provide students and teachers access to places and people most tourists or school groups would never get to see.In addition to the FREE content available to view, including photos, video and journal entries from the Explorers, by registering on the site, teachers gain access to lesson plans to incorporate with the web-based materials.
22 Primary Sources The National Archives American Memory (Library of Congress)EuroDocs (Digital Primary European Documents)Making of America (Antebellum – Reconstruction)New York Public Library Digital Library Collection(searchable databases, online exhibitions, text, etc.)
23 Digital History Virginia Center for Digital History Their mission is to develop high-quality, well-researched and reliable historical materials for the internet and make them accessible to the public.
24 Personal Websites and Blogs These offer ways for teachers and students to interact outside of the classroom and for teachers to offer resources outside of the textbook.
25 SkypeGlobalizes the classroom by letting students interact with other students throughout the worldTeaches students how to communicate with people who aren’t “like them.”Excellent tool for teaching point of view
26 Textbook SupportMany textbooks offer lesson plans with technology already integrated for you.
27 Create Informed Citizens Use technology to help your students learn about the issues.Read the local paper online.Go to CNN.com with students and discuss what you find.Research the presidential candidates and their stances on the issues.
29 The Center for Teaching History with Technology Provides Social Studies educators with instruction on how to create blogs, podcasts, and other technological teaching materials, as well as providing lesson plans, links to helpful websites, and much more.
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