Social studies the next frontier eVisionary presentation
The Next Frontier
·The Why - "What's my
·The How - a framework
·The Nitty Gritty/"Home
·The List - Give Me More,
More, More (resources that
·The Twist - Consider the
Horse - technology in context
·The Now What
Ben Franklin Middle School, Valparaiso
The Z - the Kids in
America and in our
·Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose
presidency they have little knowledge.
·They have never seen an airplane “ticket;” they
can’t picture people actually carrying luggage
through airports rather than rolling it.
·There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan
·They watch television everywhere but on a
·Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for
“save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail mail
envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their
tablets and smart phone screens.
-From the Beloit College
Mindset List for the
Class of 2016
#3 - Technology and
social media are part
of how we're making
history and recording
history. They are tools
of our field and
The How - A Framework for Thinking
about Ed Tech
The Four C's of 21st Century Skills
Oh yeah, I'm
going to say it:
Disciplinary Literacy -
Thinking, Analyzing, and
Discussing like a
We are still teachers after all.
Just like with any other
instructional objective or
...start with the end in mind
...think about what you want to
...what would make this more
realistic, authentic, easy to
facilitate, interesting, or
...is there a piece of technology
that can make this happen?
Putting It All
·What can stimulate historical
thinking? Primary sources,
virtual experiences, role
·What can facilitate
collaboration? Social media,
infographics, Google Drive,
Dropbox, student publishing
·What can make my life as the
teacher better? Presentation,
The Nitty Gritty
Home Shopping Disclaimer -
Feel free to wander, explore,
stick with us, or not. Note
what grabs your attention or
sparks your imagination; do
not feel the need to try or
even care about every single
idea. This is your
QVC/HSN/SkyMall moment -
feel free to pick and choose.*
*ideas will move roughly from the
familiar to the far-out and
What can stimulate
What can stimulate
What can stimulate historical thinking?
What can stimulate historical thinking? Primary
What can stimulate historical thinking? Virtual Experiences
Google Earth - Google tours; street view; flight simulator
What can stimulate historical thinking? Virtual
What can stimulate historical thinking? Simulation/
Let's get crazy...use a
video game or computer
OR build your own
Check this out -
list of history
Communication & Collaboration Social
Twitter - 140 characters
hashtags as sorting
follow Twitter feeds as
Communication & Collaboration Google
Communication & Collaboration Infographics
Check out these
Let's Get Crazy...
What if your students created a class
website on Weebly to publish their
What if they blogged about class topics
using Blogspot or Wordpress?
Or tweeted on a class Twitter feed?
Or posted videos to help other students or
explain ideas "Khan Academy" style?
Or created a class-based app?
What makes life easier? Curation
Microsoft - One Note & Snipping Tool
Evernote & Skitch
Pinterest (Pin It Button)
For website curation,
check out delicious!
What makes life easier? Curation
Whether you miss Google Reader (or not) - here
are some alternatives!
Flipboard - now on the web! https://flipboard.com/
What makes life easier? Presentation
What makes life easier? Resources!
The List - A few faves...
·Microsoft Partners in Learning - an entire Learning Suite of free teacher awesomeness once you sign
up (which is also free)
·Discovery Education - many free teacher resources; if your school used United Streaming and you have an
account still, make sure you take advantage!
·NBC Learn - seriously, what an archive! Thank you IDOE (how many times have you said that?)
·Bing Picture of the day - like the Google Doodle, but more geography-specific
·Larry Ferlazzo - he's a meta-source with "best of" lists on so many professional topics
·EdWeek - the go-to professional source, both for instructional and tech resources, but also just to be knowledgeable
about your profession (and you can sign up for TONS of e-mail updates)
·On that note - every teacher should read this article on ed policy! Washington Post's Answer Sheet is a very pro-
public ed take on education. Here's just one sample...
·Also on that note, since we are social studies teachers, here's the NCSS website! They have a news aggregator
called SmartBrief that you can have e-mailed to you.
·Edudemic is ed tech focused!
·Look - books!
Teaching Generation Text - Lisa Nielsen & Willyn Webb (all about cell phones in the
classroom - interesting! Marc Prensky is another great author on this topic)
Everything Bad is Good for You - Steven Johnson (the title says it all - discusses how
everything from Lost to an MMORPG builds essential skills)
Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts - Sam Wineburg (he's a guru on social studies
·Don't underestimate Pinterest - go to their search page and select education - it's a great way to
find other links, sites, and resources - Larry Ferlazzo has a Pinterest page, so it must be a good
·sophia.org - Sophia Learning offers tons of resources for students and teachers as well as free teacher tools -
worth a look, especially on the professional development front, but you can also organize classes through this!
When teaching about technology, teaching about
the history of technology lends important
perspective to our students; it can help them
better analyze the role of technology in society
today and where technological advances might
lead. So teach about history when you teach tech,
and teach the history of tech when you teach
social studies! After all, once upon a time...
this was modern technology...
...and so was this...
...and even this!
The Now What?
And in the end...
the ideas you take...
can become the new
enhancements you make.
·What 2 or 3 ideas (or more if you want to get crazy)
can work for you that you could implement in the near
·What's your tech dream (a paperless class? a flipped
class? an iPad or Chromebook in every hand?) - What
steps can help you get there?
·Thanks for attending! Please e-mail me with any