Let's Make History
Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Social Studies Classroom
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 is about innovative new ways of creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online. It's also about ease of use. There's no need to download, and teachers and students can master many of these tools in minutes. Technology is easy and accessible.
New York Times Learning Visual Learning and Resources
- What is going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- What more can you find?
Time after Time
Creating Timelines Using Timetoast and Timeline JS
TimeToast is a great tool that allows you to create timelines and share them on the web. It is very easy to learn and use. This ease of use makes it a suitable choice for elementary or middle school students that do not need the advanced editing options other timeline creation tools offer.
An open source tool that works on any site or blog allows you to build visually rich, interactive timelines using just a Google spreadsheet. All you have to do is use their template and copy it to your own Google Drive account. Follow the 4 easy steps you will find on TimeLine JS website and you’ll create your free timeline in no time.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
World Geography/World Cultures Resources
Country and State Reports Activity: http://education.nationalgeographic.org/idea/country-and-state-reports/
National Geographic Interactive Map Maker: http://education.nationalgeographic.org/mapping/
World History for Us All: http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/
History of the World in Seven Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pnmZalx9YY
Teaching Government and Citizenship at Every Grade Level
High School TEKS: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113c.html
Using Smore in the Classroom
First create a FREE account
Create an account, you will notice there is an Education link, but that is $59.00 a year, great price and judging by the features, well worth it, that is when you have your won classroom and want your students using it as well.
But for our purposes, just create a FREE account. You will have to option to sign up using your Facebook login & password, or create an account without Facebook. It is up to you, but I suggest creating these education account without linking them to Facebook.
Make sure you write down your login and password.
Create a Flyer
Citizenship Resources for the Classroom
Voting and Election Web Resources
Project Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org
Pew Research Political Typology Quiz: http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/
On the Issues: http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm
League of Women Voters Harris County: http://lwvhouston.org/