Since Social Studies is a requirement for all studentsin grades 6-8, it makes sense to meet the needs of allstudents. As a way to meet the needs of all students, web 2.0tools can help teachers and students A step in getting ready for the upcoming StateAssessments that will be conducted online…Social Studies for Grades 6-8
Digital Tools ranging online to tablets Tools that create or support a virtual learningenvironment. Tools that support communication and cultivaterelationships. Resources to support teaching and learning. Tools enabling students to showcase work and takepride in their learning.What are Web 2.0 Tools?
Open lines of communication Provide collaboration opportunities Enhance the learning experience Showcase students’ work Differentiate & Meet all students’ needs Motivate students and teachers Make learning EASY!!!How can Web 2.0 Tools helpteach Social Studies Curriculum?
Google Earth: allows you to see real life locations formore accurate maps (can be used for all Social StudiesStandards!) “Geographic information at yourfingertips” Scribble Maps: allows you to create maps as well asview current maps World Atlas: geographic information fromeverywhere in the worldIntegrating Web 2.0 Tools
Jog the Web: create a synchronous guide to a seriesof web sites. (great for research!!) America on the Move: virtual field trips andexhibitions on America’s history Chronology of US Historical Documents : all USDocuments at your keyboard fingertips Google Drive: allows students to create an ePortfolioof assignmentsA few more tools…
CoolTools.net: provides graphic organizers, interactive games,quizzes, diagrams, and much more! FlipSnack & Digital Storytelling: make your own digital book MindMapping , Mindmeister, Inspiration, & Popplet: online mappingtoolsto help students brainstorm writing assignments and find other writingexamples. ReadWriteThink: engages students with literacy through interactivetools 3D Writer: online tool editing toolIn Social Studies, a little literacyis also needed…
BookRix Glogster Exploratree Writing.com Zoho.com Poetry Forge Reading MachineA few more Web 2.0 tools…
Blogging and Wikis can be great tools forcontinued discussions outside of theclassroomCreate a Debate: a website that allows you todesign one-on-one debates to large groupforumsA good debate…
Webquests can be beneficial in this situation!Many Social Studies teachers have complained that theydon’t really have a great deal of time to include Economicsinto their curriculum. Webquests can cut down on classtime, create 21st Century skills, and used to differentiate tomeet students needs!Example of a Webquest: Economics ChallengeWhat about Economics?
Lemonade Stand Geomaster Geomania QRReader Simple Mind + Map Wiz US Geography byDiscovery Education Presidents HD The World Factbook foriPad Constitution for iPad The History Clock My Congress USA PuzzleDon’t forget the iPad!
When it comes to deciding which Web 2.0 tools to use,just keep in mind they are meant to enhance the learningexperience and be student –centered, not take awayfrom the learning!!Endless Possibilities…
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