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  • 1. Web Tools for the Social StudiesMichigan Digital Learning ConferenceMacomb Intermediate School DistrictSheila MajaskChippewa Valley Schools
  • 2. Are your students bored???
  • 3. Who wants to see moretechnology in the classroom?
  • 4. Tools & Resources for Teaching
  • 5. Edmodo www.edmodo.comEdmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect andcollaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework,grades, class discussions and notifications.
  • 6. Prezi http://prezi.comPrezi’s zooming canvas opens up the classroom to active learning andinteractivity, making lessons understandable, memorable, and fun.
  • 7. Prezi Tips• Have students research important points before introducing Prezi • I like to have groups of 2 research 20 – 25 facts from categories that they must cover• Show tutorial videos supplied by Prezi. These videos are good background on how to use the program.• Encourage students to list each point individually for the most interesting presentations• Search Google images for 3D images related to the topic
  • 8. Glogster mCreate glogs - interactive posters loaded with text, graphics, music,videos, and more Example:
  • 9. xTimeline www.xtimeline.comxtimeline is a free web-based timeline. Easily create and sharetimelines with pictures and videos Example:
  • 10. Dipity http://www.dipity.comDipity is a free digital timeline website. Users can create, share, embed andcollaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video,audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps. Examples:
  • 11. Weebly www.weebly.comWeebly is an easy to use web based web page creator where teachers caneasily create a classroom website and blog, manage students’ accounts,accept homework assignments online and keep parents up to date.
  • 12. Wikispaces http://wikispaces.comWikispaces is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, picturesand links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of. Wikispaces isspecial because we give you a visual editor and a bunch of other tools to makesharing all kinds of content as easy for students as it is for their teachers.
  • 13. Wikispaces - Ideas• Photo Gallery • Find 10 pictures of an event (Civil Rights) • Give it a title • 3-5 Description of image related to event• Collaborative Study Guides• Content Management System
  • 14. Popplet http://popplet.comPoppletdelivers an interactive way to create concept maps, mind maps, andoptions to brainstorm or storyboard right along with peers. The “popplets” canbe constructed, moved, color coded, typed in, drawn in, and have images orvideos inserted Example:
  • 15. Fakebook"Fakebook" allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages forstudy purposes. 90 Second video tutorial - Woodrow Wilson Example -
  • 16. Wallwisher http://wallwisher.comYou get a blank page (a wall). You put anything you want on it, in the form ofrepositionable post it notes.
  • 17. Wallwisher - Ideas• Pre-reading/reading questions• Exit Slips• Opinion Sharing• Ice Breakers
  • 18. DocsTeach Educators can “find and create learning activities with primary source documents that promote historical thinking skills.” Use the more than 3000 original documents from the National Archives to create rich, online learning experiences for students.Tip: Use the interactive learning activity tools to help students “think like historians.”
  • 19. DocsTeach – Common Core Visit this link for DocsTeach aligned to the Common Core Standards: pli=1
  • 20. iWitness 1,000 online video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses are housed in this website maintained by the University of Southern Californias Shoah Foundation Institute.
  • 21. History Pin, in partnership with Google, is a way for millions of people to cometogether, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share smallglimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Uploadpictures, audio, or video, and pin them to a satellite map.
  • 22. Tagxedo http://www.tagxedo.comTagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, evenyour love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sizedappropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
  • 23. Tagxedo Examples
  • 24. EPals http://www.epals.comA Learning Community of Teachers, Students and Parents From Over 200CountriesClassroom-Ready Projects and ActivitiesCollaborative Learning Tools such as Blogs, Wikis and Media GalleriesQuality, Standards-Aligned Content from Respected Educational BrandsShowcase of Outstanding Teacher and Student Work
  • 25. Distance Learning &Electronic Field Trips
  • 26. TWICE: Two Way Interactive Connections in Education http://www.twice.ccTwo Way Interactive Connections in Education (TWICE) is Michigans organization for videoconferencing in K-12 education. TWICE promotes and supports collaborative connections for the benefit of all students.
  • 27. TWICE: Two Way Interactive Connections in Education
  • 28. Skype in the Classroom free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom. Meet newpeople, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experienceswith teachers from around the world.
  • 29. National Park Service work/programs/electronic-field-tripEach Electronic Field Trip consists of two components: a televised broadcastfrom a national park featuring National Park Service Rangers and youthhosts a website featuring downloadable lesson plans for teachers andinteractive games for students. The broadcast and the website complementeach other and teach with rich imagery and content in three differentmodalities.
  • 30. Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg’s EFT is an interactive multimedia educational program thatfocuses on themes and stories drawn from American history. It includes a livetelevision broadcast (also available online via live video streaming) and acompanion website with student activities and teacher resources for use in theclassroom.
  • 31. Video Conferencing in Education: Tips• Plan ahead!• Test Equipment – Seek help of your IT coordinator• See if money is available in your district for distance learning• Write a grant!• Review lesson plans and materials that accompany conference. Great information is included to prepare and wrap up distance learning event
  • 32. Video Resources
  • 33. You Tube Time Machine http://yttm.tvYTTM is a sweet little tool that lets you search for video primary sources by year.Grab the slider and pull it to a specific year. YTTM then displays a series of videosfrom that year. You do have a few filters to increase or limit the number of videos -commercials, music, current events, sports, etc
  • 34. Horrible Histories (via Youtube)
  • 35. Crash Course World History (Via Youtube)
  • 36. Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.orgWith a library of over 3,500 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics,finance, and history, and hundreds of skills to practice, Khan Academy is on amission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  • 37. WatchKnowLearn Video www.watchknowlearn.orgWatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing theminto a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without anyregistration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home24/7.
  • 38. YouTube EDU lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities.
  • 39. TeacherTube www.teachertube.comLike YouTube, but for teachers.
  • 40. Animoto http://animoto.comTurn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share witheveryone. Fast, free, and easy!