Let's Make History

Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Social Studies Classroom

Susan Everett

Social Studies Curriculum Coach


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Link for Presentation:

About Me...

I am a former Social Studies teacher and K-12 district curriculum specialist for Austin I.S.D. It is my passion to find ways to teach students to use technology in innovative ways and provide the tools and access for 21st century teaching and learning.

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.

Place your name and email address on a post it note and I will add you to the Dropbox of all of today's files.
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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

Sequencing, seeing cause and effect relationships, and remembering turning point moments in history can be revolutionized through the use of online time line creating tools such as Timetoast and Timeline JS. These tools allow students to create interactive timelines that include images, video, sound and other features.
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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.

Timeline JS


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


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World Geography/World Cultures Resources

National Geographic Teacher Resources: http://education.nationalgeographic.org/teaching-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

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

Use the Smore tool to create a flyer/newsletter about using ICivics or Law Related Education in your classroom. Use images, videos, and text to explain a lesson or activity for your grade level in ICivics or Law Related Education. Make note of the address of your Smore newsletter. It can be embedded in a website or shared with others.
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Voting and Election Web Resources

Non-partison polls, candidate information, and general election information.

Project Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org

Pew Research Political Typology Quiz: http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/

Crowdpac: https://www.crowdpac.com/

On the Issues: http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

League of Women Voters Harris County: http://lwvhouston.org/