History Nerdfest 2016: Ten Tech Tools for Teaching Social Studies
I had the chance to drop in on a quick 30 minute Power session that focused on ten tech tools for teaching civics. Three minutes of overview for each tool and a bit of fast discussion on how it might be used.
A site that allows users to read current event articles at different Lexile levels/ They also have a new section that does the same thing for primary sources – perfect for modifying documents to make them more accessible.
Presenters shared a series of hashtags that social studies teacher can follow:
A free website builder that is incredibly user friendly with simple drag and drop features. Perfect for collaborative projects with students and mentors / experts outside of the school setting.
A easy to use backchannel tool that can be compared a bit to a closed Twitter feed. You don’t need an account to create a “room” that has its own unique URL. YOu decide how long the URL is active. Share the URL with kids and they can begin posting comments, questions, brainstorms, and answers to guiding questions. Simple to have classes from across school, city, country to collaborate on different topics
A flashcard maker – useful for Heads Up type gaming, review, and other gamification of learning activities.
QR code generators
There are lots of QR code readers and generators. Use them for different types of scavenger hunts. One example that was shared had a superimposed map of the US on top of campus map. The teacher put QR codes at different places around the campus and used this to do a Lewis and Clark activity.
A fun app called 1600 lets your kids scan a one dollar bill to get more info on the White House. one dollar bill has one
A fun way to have kids summarize and think creatively.
A tone of Civics based games and lots of lesson materials
A great resource for Bill of Rights, news, and media literacy lessons and collections.