Tech Stuff for
     Social Studies
Software, web sites and other cool things



                                  Glenn Wi...
Sticky ideas?
21st century technology is absolutely
  essential for your toolkit
Using technology will help you to
 become a better educator
Pick out your “favorite candy” &
  save the rest for later
“I solemnly swear to never forsake the
code of the He-Man Women Haters
Club and to share any helpful
resources with my new...
There are over
                  150 million people
                     using Social
                      Networks

The ...
Last year a seven year-
                              old signed a six
                           figure endorsement
      ...
So what?
“Today’s students
 are no longer the people
 our educational system
 was designed to teach.”

 Marc Prensky
Internet                                                               Social
            myths                           ...
Internet Myths
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division

   • <www.dhmo.org/facts.html>

Your All Natural Friend

   • <www.armory.com/~cris...
A Short Introduction to Holocaust Revisionism

   • <www.ibiblio.org/team/history/
     controversy/abutz/intro.html>

Hol...
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

   • <www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/
     online/phistories>

A Teacher’s Guide to...
The Web is a giant encyclopedia

Filters work

   • <www.martinlutherking.org>

All information on the Web is true
Peter Stiener July 5, 1993 New Yorker
Social Networks
www.takingitglobal.org
www.digitaldividenetwork.org
www.myspace.com/brooklyncollegelibrary
www.blogsafety.org
Delicious
   • <del.icio.us>


Library Thing
   • <www.librarything.com>
Flickr
   • <www.flickr.com>


Box
   • <box.net>
Flickr Tricks

   • <ftsquared.blogspot.com/2006/01/flickr-
     tricks-tips-tools.html>

Great Flickr Tools Collection

  ...
Youtube
  • <www.youtube.com>



Teachertube
  • <www.teachertube.com>
Classroom 2.0
  • <classroom20.ning.com>
“News feeds”
from a web site


                  A “news reader”
                   to display the
                       ...
Find the button


Lokk for the
Best aggregators?
Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to
 RSS and More

   • <www.teachinghacks.com/audio/
     100ideasWeb2educators.pdf>
Cool Software
iTunes / iLife tools

   • <apple.com>

Eyespot

   • <www.eyespot.com>

Letterpop

   • <www.letterpop.com>
Google Earth

   • <earth.google.com>

SlideShare

   • <www.slideshare.net>

Picasa

   • <picasa.google.com>
InspireData / Inspiration

   • <www.inspiration.com>

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

   • <docs.google.com>

PBWiki

   • <w...
Page Creator

   • <pagecreator.google.com>

Wikipedia

   • <www.wikipedia.org>

Quest Garden / WebQuests

   • <webquest...
BibMe

   • <www.bibme.org>

Skype

   • <www.skype.com>

Comic Life

   • <plasq.com/comiclife>
What else is out there?

2007 Web 2.0 Awards

   • <www.seomoz.org/web2.0>

Complete Web 2.0 Directory

   • <www.go2web20...
Let’s talk a bit!

   • What do you use?

   • Find your partner & brainstorm some
     possible ways to use one of the tools
Video Games
Tic Tac Toe 1077
Pong 1977
Galaga 1987
SimCity 1997
Second Life 2007
Games haven’t
 gotten simpler
     over time.
They’ve gotten
more complex.
         Why?
Because the brain
   demands it
“Everything Bad is Good for You”
                  Steven Johnson



      “Got Game?”
        John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade...
Brains search for patterns
   • Discrete data doesn’t make sense
Emotion & thinking
   • Emotional chemicals increase
     cognitive activity
Brains are social
   • Want to work with
     others
Games provide structured patterns

Games create emotional connections

Games encourage collaborative learning
Simpler?
“You don’t learn because
 you’re engaged. You’re
 engaged because you’re
 learning”
 Nick deKanter
 Muzzy Lane Software
Games can be used to:

   • increase literacy skills

   • teach problem solving skills

   • simulate authentic situation...
Gaming myths?
“All child drug addicts . . . are comic-book
  readers. This kind of thing is not good
  mental nourishment for children!”...
Scientific evidence links violence and
  video games
It’s mostly kids / mostly boys
Gaming creates isolated loners




    ...
“Mini” & complex games are the same

It’s really not that big of a deal




                             www.pbs.org/kcts/...
secondlife.reuters.com
Some great examples
www.making-history.com
www.teamtreks.com
www.discoverbabylon.org
www.knowledgematters.com
www.educationalsimulations.com
www.peacemakergame.com
What games do you use?
You are the Historian
   • <www.plimoth.org/olc/index_js2.html>
Stop Disasters
   • <www.stopdisastersgame.org>

NPS Web R...
More mini-games

 <www.socialstudiescentral.com>

   • “Web Resources”

     • “Online Interactive
       Simulations”
Useful Web Sites
Make a list of three great
 sites you use

Share with others
Reading Quest: Making Sense in Social
  Studies

   • <www.readingquest.org>
National Council for the Social Studies

   •...
Teaching Tolerance

   • <www.tolerance.org>

National Geographic’s My Wonderful
 World

   • <www.mywonderfulworld.org>

...
Edsitement

   • <edsitement.neh.gov>

History Matters!

   • <historymatters.gmu.edu>

Kansas Educational Resource Center...
Language Strategies for Social Science

   • <www.stanford.edu/group/step/
     resources/LanguageSite/
     History_Strat...
Internet History Sourcebook Project

   • <www.fordham.edu/halsall>

National Park Service / Links to the Past

   • <www....
Center for History and the New Media

   • <chnm.gmu.edu>

Teaching History with Technology

   • <www.thwt.org>

Best of ...
Social Studies Central

   • <www.socialstudiescentral.com>

NARA Digital Classroom

   • <www.archives.gov/education>

Li...
Our Documents

   • <www.ourdocuments.gov>

America’s Library

   • <www.americaslibrary.gov>

Documents for the Study of
...
Kan-Ed Empowered Desktop

   • <kportal.learningstation.com>

4Teachers

   • <4teachers.org>

Multimedia Resources for Ed...
New York Times Teacher Connections

   • <www.nytimes.com/learning/
     teachers/index.html>

Mr. Donn’s Pages

   • <mem...
Google for Educators

   • <www.google.com/educators>

Tools for Reading, Writing, and Thinking

   • <www.greece.k12.ny.u...
Startspot

   • <www.startspot.com>

FirstGov

   • <firstgov.gov>

Portals to the World

   • <www.loc.gov/rr/internationa...
“The cookies on my computer
know more about me than my
      teachers do.”
        High school student
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  1. 1. Tech Stuff for Social Studies Software, web sites and other cool things Glenn Wiebe glennw@essdack.org ESSDACK
  2. 2. Sticky ideas?
  3. 3. 21st century technology is absolutely essential for your toolkit
  4. 4. Using technology will help you to become a better educator
  5. 5. Pick out your “favorite candy” & save the rest for later
  6. 6. “I solemnly swear to never forsake the code of the He-Man Women Haters Club and to share any helpful resources with my new workshop buddies.”
  7. 7. There are over 150 million people using Social Networks The top 10 jobs predicted for 2010 didn’t exist in 2004
  8. 8. Last year a seven year- old signed a six figure endorsement deal to play professional video games The 25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the total population of North America
  9. 9. So what?
  10. 10. “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” Marc Prensky
  11. 11. Internet Social myths Networks What Cool Video are we software Internet myths Networks Social Cool are we What software doing? games Video Blogs & RSS Web sites games doing? Blogs & Web RSS sites
  12. 12. Internet Myths
  13. 13. Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division • <www.dhmo.org/facts.html> Your All Natural Friend • <www.armory.com/~crisper/DHMO>
  14. 14. A Short Introduction to Holocaust Revisionism • <www.ibiblio.org/team/history/ controversy/abutz/intro.html> Holocaust Hoax • <www.natvan.com/national-vanguard/ assorted/hoax.html>
  15. 15. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum • <www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/ online/phistories> A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust: Survivors • <fcit.usf.edu/Holocaust/people/ survivor.htm>
  16. 16. The Web is a giant encyclopedia Filters work • <www.martinlutherking.org> All information on the Web is true
  17. 17. Peter Stiener July 5, 1993 New Yorker
  18. 18. Social Networks
  19. 19. www.takingitglobal.org
  20. 20. www.digitaldividenetwork.org
  21. 21. www.myspace.com/brooklyncollegelibrary
  22. 22. www.blogsafety.org
  23. 23. Delicious • <del.icio.us> Library Thing • <www.librarything.com>
  24. 24. Flickr • <www.flickr.com> Box • <box.net>
  25. 25. Flickr Tricks • <ftsquared.blogspot.com/2006/01/flickr- tricks-tips-tools.html> Great Flickr Tools Collection • <www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/ 2005/03/great-flickr-tools-collection>
  26. 26. Youtube • <www.youtube.com> Teachertube • <www.teachertube.com>
  27. 27. Classroom 2.0 • <classroom20.ning.com>
  28. 28. “News feeds” from a web site A “news reader” to display the feeds
  29. 29. Find the button Lokk for the
  30. 30. Best aggregators?
  31. 31. Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to RSS and More • <www.teachinghacks.com/audio/ 100ideasWeb2educators.pdf>
  32. 32. Cool Software
  33. 33. iTunes / iLife tools • <apple.com> Eyespot • <www.eyespot.com> Letterpop • <www.letterpop.com>
  34. 34. Google Earth • <earth.google.com> SlideShare • <www.slideshare.net> Picasa • <picasa.google.com>
  35. 35. InspireData / Inspiration • <www.inspiration.com> Google Docs & Spreadsheets • <docs.google.com> PBWiki • <www.pbwiki.com>
  36. 36. Page Creator • <pagecreator.google.com> Wikipedia • <www.wikipedia.org> Quest Garden / WebQuests • <webquest.org>
  37. 37. BibMe • <www.bibme.org> Skype • <www.skype.com> Comic Life • <plasq.com/comiclife>
  38. 38. What else is out there? 2007 Web 2.0 Awards • <www.seomoz.org/web2.0> Complete Web 2.0 Directory • <www.go2web20.net>
  39. 39. Let’s talk a bit! • What do you use? • Find your partner & brainstorm some possible ways to use one of the tools
  40. 40. Video Games
  41. 41. Tic Tac Toe 1077
  42. 42. Pong 1977
  43. 43. Galaga 1987
  44. 44. SimCity 1997
  45. 45. Second Life 2007
  46. 46. Games haven’t gotten simpler over time. They’ve gotten more complex. Why?
  47. 47. Because the brain demands it
  48. 48. “Everything Bad is Good for You” Steven Johnson “Got Game?” John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade “Don’t Bother Me, Mom - I’m Learning!” Marc Prensky
  49. 49. Brains search for patterns • Discrete data doesn’t make sense
  50. 50. Emotion & thinking • Emotional chemicals increase cognitive activity
  51. 51. Brains are social • Want to work with others
  52. 52. Games provide structured patterns Games create emotional connections Games encourage collaborative learning
  53. 53. Simpler?
  54. 54. “You don’t learn because you’re engaged. You’re engaged because you’re learning” Nick deKanter Muzzy Lane Software
  55. 55. Games can be used to: • increase literacy skills • teach problem solving skills • simulate authentic situations • encourage collaboration • engage students in content • lead to sophisticated research
  56. 56. Gaming myths?
  57. 57. “All child drug addicts . . . are comic-book readers. This kind of thing is not good mental nourishment for children!” Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954
  58. 58. Scientific evidence links violence and video games It’s mostly kids / mostly boys Gaming creates isolated loners www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  59. 59. “Mini” & complex games are the same It’s really not that big of a deal www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  60. 60. secondlife.reuters.com
  61. 61. Some great examples
  62. 62. www.making-history.com
  63. 63. www.teamtreks.com
  64. 64. www.discoverbabylon.org
  65. 65. www.knowledgematters.com
  66. 66. www.educationalsimulations.com
  67. 67. www.peacemakergame.com
  68. 68. What games do you use?
  69. 69. You are the Historian • <www.plimoth.org/olc/index_js2.html> Stop Disasters • <www.stopdisastersgame.org> NPS Web Rangers • <www.nps.gov/webrangers>
  70. 70. More mini-games <www.socialstudiescentral.com> • “Web Resources” • “Online Interactive Simulations”
  71. 71. Useful Web Sites
  72. 72. Make a list of three great sites you use Share with others
  73. 73. Reading Quest: Making Sense in Social Studies • <www.readingquest.org> National Council for the Social Studies • <www.socialstudies.org> Marco Polo • <marcopolo-education.org>
  74. 74. Teaching Tolerance • <www.tolerance.org> National Geographic’s My Wonderful World • <www.mywonderfulworld.org> HeadlineSpot • <www.headlinespot.com>
  75. 75. Edsitement • <edsitement.neh.gov> History Matters! • <historymatters.gmu.edu> Kansas Educational Resource Center • <www.kerc-ks.org>
  76. 76. Language Strategies for Social Science • <www.stanford.edu/group/step/ resources/LanguageSite/ History_Strategies.html> Digital History • <www.digitalhistory.uh.edu> Smithsonian Institute • <www.smithsonianeducation.org/ educators>
  77. 77. Internet History Sourcebook Project • <www.fordham.edu/halsall> National Park Service / Links to the Past • <www.cr.nps.gov> Using Primary Sources with Teachers • <www.whyy.org/generations/ primary.html>
  78. 78. Center for History and the New Media • <chnm.gmu.edu> Teaching History with Technology • <www.thwt.org> Best of History Web Sites • <www.besthistorysites.net>
  79. 79. Social Studies Central • <www.socialstudiescentral.com> NARA Digital Classroom • <www.archives.gov/education> Library of Congress American Memory • <memory.loc.gov/teachers>
  80. 80. Our Documents • <www.ourdocuments.gov> America’s Library • <www.americaslibrary.gov> Documents for the Study of American History • <www.vlib.us>
  81. 81. Kan-Ed Empowered Desktop • <kportal.learningstation.com> 4Teachers • <4teachers.org> Multimedia Resources for Educators • <www.uen.org/curriculum/ multimedia_resources.shtml>
  82. 82. New York Times Teacher Connections • <www.nytimes.com/learning/ teachers/index.html> Mr. Donn’s Pages • <members.aol.com/donnandlee/ SiteIndex.html> George Lucas Education Foundation • <www.edutopia.org>
  83. 83. Google for Educators • <www.google.com/educators> Tools for Reading, Writing, and Thinking • <www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ ela/6-12/Tools/Index.htm> National Council for the Social Studies • <www.socialstudies.org>
  84. 84. Startspot • <www.startspot.com> FirstGov • <firstgov.gov> Portals to the World • <www.loc.gov/rr/international/ portals.html>
  85. 85. “The cookies on my computer
  86. 86. know more about me than my teachers do.” High school student

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