Technology in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom
The Library of Congress - resources in “for teachers” page include ready-to-use materials that brings the Library’s primary sources aligned with state standards into the classrooms, online modules to build teacher skills with the Library’s professional development curriculum (Library of Congress Learning Page ”The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.”)
American Memory from the Library of Congress - American Memory provides “free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
The National Archives’ Digital Classroom - DocsTeach.org is an online teaching tool from the US National Archives for teachers to find and create interactive learning activities with primary-source documents that promote historical thinking skills in 21st century classroom
Digital Vaults - Photos, documents, and popular media from the National Archives provide resources and interactive opportunities for users to access materials on endless U.S. historical topics and themes. The user can then organize the resources in any number of ways to relate to our country’s history and tell a story.
Teachinghistory.org is a website that collects history resources and materials and provides support for K-12 history teachers through funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The site contains videos, links to resources, and materials that teachers can use in their classrooms.
Smithsonian’s History Explorer - standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history, developed by the National Museum of American History.
The Google Cultural Institute digitally archives historical documents, photos, and other media from institutions all over the world.
BBC history site - Ancient history, British history, World war, Historic figures, Family history, Hands on history, History for kids and History games.
The European Virtual Museum is a collaboration from twenty-seven European museums. It makes artifacts of European history available in interactive 3D form for optimized viewing through the use of QuickTime technology.
Journey of Mankind - This interactive web site from the Bradshaw Foundations depicts the global journey of modern man over the past 160,000 years. This maps shows the interaction of migration and climate over this period.
Museum Box is a great tool for creating virtual displays of artifacts that you find online. By usingMuseum Box students can organize images, text, videos, links, and audio clips about any topic that they're researching. When completed , students' "boxes" become digital dioramas.
Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Like most good web tools, Dipity has a collaboration option and has multiple options for sharing your timelines publicly or privately. Each entry to a Dipity timeline can include multiple types of media which allows users to add more detail and information than can be included in a traditional timeline. If you want to import Tweets and other social media messages, you can do that too on Dipity.
CIA World Fact Book- CIA World Factbook provides information on various countries, including facts on its native people, types of government, and currency used. Information is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency.
KML Factbook - interactive worldwide demographic data that is displayed on an embedded Google earth.
Scribblemaps- Mark up your Google maps and share them with your students - or have the students do the work.
Historypin- Google Maps that you and your students can personalize with your own pictures and stories.
The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality Tour of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.
Center for Civic Education is an independent, nonprofit organization based in California with a network of program coordinators in every state and congressional district in the country and in more than seventy emerging and advanced democracies throughout the world. The mission of the Center is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry that is committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. The Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, teacher-training, and community-based programs in conjunction with civic educators and activists around the world.
iCivics offers seventeen educational game for students. The games introduce students to the roles of citizens and government in the United States. Students who register for a free iCivics account can pause the games and come back to them at a later time. Click here for a list of all of the games offered by iCivics. All of the iCivics games have curriculum units connected to them.