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What technology can I use to teach social studies?

Jun 11, 2014 5:14pm

As a Masters' student in Education, I want to prepare a lesson, using technology, to teach social studies subjects, such as the Presidents, and/or anything to do with ESL To be more specific, I am planning to teach new Hispanic people to study for their Naturalization test to become citizens.

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  • Class Culture / English Language Learners / New Teachers

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    • Jun 12, 2014 1:56pm

      There are great lessons and ideas on teaching civic engagement, student voice and community issues.

      http://www.mikvachallenge.org
      http://generationcitizen.org

      • Jun 14, 2014 10:26am

        If you haven't yet discovered Web Quests, I would suggest you do a search. Many are already posted and are free, and are designed to be interactive, and cover a wide range of content.. They implement Higher Order Thinking Skills, so student engagement is built in. You can create your own, or use someone else's ideas to tweak and make your own.

        • Jun 14, 2014 2:04pm

          When creating lesson plans for any subject, consider the type of technology available rather than using a particular website. Want to create a buzz to introduce a topic or close one out? A survey tool like todaysmeet.com gives instant feedback from students. Or, maybe they need to investigate a topic or use technology to create a final product. Online management sites such as blackboard or knowmia can be used to collect your lesson (for students to re-watch) and students can submit their work. Apps are available to create your own videos to reteach or flip the classroom. Think beyond directing students to direct websites - they can find those on their own. Keep control by thinking of the final product. So much is out there - have fun!:)

          • Jun 27, 2014 2:14pm

            William,
            One great way to help students prepare for the exam is with Quizlet. The students can take the information everywhere since it is online and there is an app for their mobile devices. As the instructor, you can create flashcards for study and practice questions. Once students have studied the material there are several ways to put their knowledge to the test. When they are ready, they can play match games or take the practice test in different formats.

            • Jul 26, 2014 12:06pm

              If you have a classroom with internet access, you might check out www.kahoot.it . There you can create your own quizzes or use ones created by other teachers. My kids love it. I use it for reviewing for tests and as a teaching tool.