Social Studies' Digital Playground

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Goals for today

•Explore new technology tools to support student learning.

•Plan your use of at least three new technology tools that best suit your students’ needs.

•Develop a new lesson or revise an existing lesson to incorporate student use of instructional technology to present at the end of the day.


8:00-8:30 Getting Started- Goals for Today

8:30-9:45 Resources and Anchors of Support

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Getting on the Playground

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:45 Research and Development

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Presentations and Reflections

Resources and Anchors of Support

21st Century Skills

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Social Studies College and Career Readiness Standards

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Process Skills in Social Studies

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Process Skill Planning Menu

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Planning your Project for Today- Choices!

Choose from the following products:

  • Design a lesson from beginning to end using the Planning Menu
  • Revise a lesson of your choice to include technology as a tool or conduit for student performance
  • Prepare to implement communication and collaboration tools for your students

At the end of the day we will present our products to the group. Feel free to work as individuals or in partnerships. If there is something missing from this list that you would like to create or develop- go for it!

Virtual Stations- Getting on the Playground

Why have these tools, sites or apps been selected?

Many of these tools are embedded in new exemplar lessons

While it impossible and counter intuitive to try to strictly categorize the following tools at these stations, they have been generally grouped to highlight which tools lend themselves to 21st Century Skills for the sake of exploration and assignment to tasks.

You will certainly see multiple uses/ways to creatively maximize their potential.

Here's how the stations will work...

There are three documents in the Edmodo Folder titled Stations (Getting on the Playground). The stations include:


Critical Thinking


Now let's go to the document in the same folder titled Teacher Station Document.

As you see the list of tools along with their descriptions- choose three to review during the 30 minutes devoted to each group of tools. Among your group members, divide the list if possible so that as many tools/sites/apps that can be explored today get some attention.

Within each of these 30 minute stations, if you discover a new resource or are reminded of something else you use, please share via Edmodo.

Before we break for lunch, share your top three new tools along with their possible applications in Edmodo.

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Research and Development

Individual or Partner Choice Project


My takeaway is...

Next Steps

In Edmodo:

What did you learn about that you will implement?