Teaching with Technology
Interactive Student Activities
- 9 years of teaching in a 6-12 Social Studies Classroom
- Lester Prairie, KMS, Lake City and Faribault
- MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University- St. Paul
- Part Time Technology Integrationist and Full Time Social Studies Teacher
- Teaching Assignments: 6th Grade Minnesota History, 8th Grade Global Studies, 10th Grade Economics/Geography/Careers, 11/12th Grade World History, 11/12th Grade American Government
Activities Using Technology
Class Favorite: KaHoot!
Review Games: Quia
- Interactive review game that utilizes individual mobile devices or computers and is played much in the style of popular restaurant games like Buzztime Trivia.
- Examples: The Game of the Crusades and Exploration Review Game
Review Games: Quia
- Online interactive review game that I make for every unit in each course I teach
- Customizable games in the style of Battleship, Rags to Riches (Who Want's To Be A Millionaire), Jeopardy, Hangman, etc.
- Example: World History Chapter 28 Review and World History Chapter 1-3 Review Game
- NewsBrain: Jeopardy-style weekly current events game for SmartBoard
- CNN Student News
- New York TImes Upfront Magazine and Junior Scholastic Magazine
Minnesota History (6)
- Play the Past Interactive Backpack Graphic Novels using Google Slides- Graphic Novel Example
- Final Project: Summer Road Trip of Minnesota using Google Slides and Google Maps
- 1960's and 70's Movements in MN Presentations in small groups using S'More
- Build a Website on early industry in Minnesota using Weebly Example 1 and Example 2
- Fur Trade in Minnesota using True North: Mapping Minnesota History
Global Studies (8) and Geography (10)
- Map Review (ilike2learn.com, although I'm searching for apps that do this)
- Children's Book about a Country using StoryJumper (kids can insert own faces into story)
- Current Events Exchange and Presentations using S'More Flyers- Example
- Political Ideology Comparison and Analysis with isidewith.com
- Any and all games from iCivics.org
- Campaign Ad Analysis and Comparison through livingroomcandidate.org
World History (11-12)
Hands-On Activities and Simulations
Technology may be used for research, but is not the primary medium for the activity.
- Build a 3D Physical Map of a Continent
- Build a Board Game (and then rotate through each group to play them all)
- Role Play of How a Bill Becomes a Law
- Role Play of Supreme Court Case
- Role Play of United Nations Security Council Meeting on Arab/Israeli Conflict
- Create a Political Party Project (including platform, party speech, slogan, buttons, posters, etc.)
- Shark Tank Business Project: Create a Product or Service, form a Business Plan and present it to panel of local business leaders, or "Sharks"
- Rendezvous Trade Day
- History Live: We've Participated in the CCC and Harriet Bishop ones and the kids LOVE It!
- History Lessons from the History Center: We did the Immigration one and it was amazing!