Top Ten Strategies for Technology in Social Studies Instruction
Take advantage of these ten powerful strategies for using technology to enhance the teaching of social studies topics.
- Adventure learning provides students with opportunities to collaborate with other students, teachers, and experts — Students use a research-based curriculum as they study authentic real-time adventures taking place around the world. Students learn from the curriculum and each other as they are part of an unfolding narrative.
- Virtual field trips help students learn about other cultures — The wealth of information and images available about other cultures enriches students' study of other lands and ways of life.
- Send students on a geocaching treasure hunt with GPS devices — These motivating activities get students to spend more time studying geographical information and techniques.
- "Live through" history with Muzzy Lane's simulated immersion experience — Students play the role of decision maker in historical situations in order to see the relevance of these events in their daily lives and to develop better problem-solving skills.
- Do webquests to learn the history behind political issues — Students do Internet research to learn that current issues have historical roots in past events and debates.
- Integrate geospatial technologies to study the earth, people, and the symbiotic nature between the two - Geospatial technologies such as Google Earth allow for real-world analysis as students study content such as history, economics, and geography.
- Students learn economic principles with stock market simulation games — The complexities of the stock market become easier to understand when students' play the role of stockbroker, investing "their own" money and seeing the return over time.
- Teach local and other history with electronic storytelling — Images and audio make the stories of lives, events, or eras come ~live for students and playa key role in helping students prepare oral histories.
- Use software such as Voice Thread to allow for real·time collaboration around numerous forms of content — This kind of hands-on software allows students to post content (e.g. photos, videos, pdfs) and comment on each other's work in an online learning environment.
- Use digital cameras to explore community-based history and current issues — Digital photography allows students to capture images from their vantage point, participate in the construction of knowledge, and learn how diverse perspectives can be shaped.
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