Social Studies and Tech

Technology Integration Defined

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Pay attention principals.
Who I am
If You Give a Kid a Laptop
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#1 Connecting Students (and Parents) to Websites

T-TESS correlations: 1.1; 1.4; 2.3; 4.3; 4.4

All teachers must develop efficient methods for students to access resources online. They need to be ONE click away whenever possible.



  • FREE
  • Group text without being IN a group text.
  • Private--no one knows your phone numbers
  • Schedule Texts (birthdays, parent reminders, holiday greetings)
  • Add attachments
  • Add voice memos
  • Insert Links
  • Text as few as 3 people. Great for reminders (pun intended) for smaller groups.
  • FREE

Instructions for Spanish letter and App.

Apps for your phone:

Click here for the Remind App for iPhone.

Click here for the Remind App for Android.

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  • FREE(minum)
  • Online bulletin board
  • Can be moderated
  • Post links, images, videos, or upload files.
  • Anyone can post to them.

There is a Chrome Extension as well. Click here to add it to Chrome.

For more ideas for the classroom, click here.

QR Codes:

Create a QR code for any URL. If a person has a device with a QR read app installed, they can scan the QR and get to the information.

QR Reader/Scanner:

i-nigma is my preferred QR reader. Click here for the Apple version.Click here for the Android version.

QR Creators:

You have to have a plan for efficiently creating QR codes. There are two quick ways:

Click here for information on how to create QRs.

Click here for information on helping parents understand QRs.

Symbaloo (EDU)

SymbalooEDU is a free educational tool that allows teachers and students to save their online resources in the cloud with access from any device. Teachers can easily save their favorite web 2.0 sites to a webmix with just a few clicks then share it with colleagues or students. With an account a users resources are available on any iPhone, PC, Mac and iPad.

and then there's this....

#2 Collect and Curate Content

T-TESS Correlation: 1.1; 2.2; 4.2; 4.3

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How do you get better at what you do? How do you connect? How do you discover content relevant to your current assignment? Once you find content, what do you do with it? How do you "save" it? How do you find it once it is saved?

It is now a choice for an educator to remain in isolation and ignore the opportunity to connect, learn and become better teachers for their students.~ANDREW T. GARCIA

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A way to manage the information is Diigo.

#3 Calibrate (How to Know What They Know)

T-TESS Correlations: 1.2; 3.1; 2.4; 2.5


This alternative is a good option for 1 iPad classrooms.

Plickers is a rapid-response classroom polling tool that uses paper cards rather than mobile devices for student responses.

To conduct a poll, a teacher creates a question and projects it on-screen. Students hold up their custom response cards (each card is different), turning the cards in different orientations to indicate their answers (one side up for A, another side up for B, and so on). The teacher holds up a device (like an iPad or Android) and Plickers does two thing: 1. recognizes the students by name and 2. scans students’ responses, which are recorded. Responses can be automatically projected on a screen in the classroom, and teachers can track each student's responses over time.

Click here for more information from Plickers.

Plickers can be used by the teacher from an Android or iPhone/iPad. Apps are available from the website.

Wizer is a free service that bills itself as a tool for creating "blended worksheets."

On Wizer you can create interactive writing assignments in a couple of ways. You can create fill-in-the-blank activities that provide students with instant feedback as they work. The other style of writing assignment that you can create on Wizer is an interactive image assignment. You can upload an image and have students label it. As they write their labels they can receive feedback as to whether or not they labeled the image correctly. In that regard, it is like Thinglink but with a quiz component.

In addition to writing activities, you can use Wizer to create multiple choice, matching, and open-ended question activities. All of the activities that you create on Wizer can be shared to your students through Google Classroom. If you do not have Google Classroom you can share your activities by giving students a link and an activity pin code.
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Kahoot is a website that allows you to create and deliver quizzes to any type of device. As a teacher, you can insert images into the questions as well as videos. You also control the pace of the quiz and set time limits per questions. Students earn points based on accuracy and the speed at which they respond. Results can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. Kahoot is usually a "crowd pleaser." Click here for a short video.


  • Once students get the gist of Kahoot, put the responsibility of creating the questions and answer choices on them. For secondary students, they could email you the information that would allow you to copy and paste to create the quiz.
  • Look in the "public" section of Kahoot to find 1.3+MILLION of quizzes already made. Just search for your topic of review. You can duplicate the quiz and then edit to customize the content.

Teacher site:

Student site:

Other Calibration Tools:

#4 Creating Content

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

T-TESS Correlations: 1.3; 1.4; 2.2; 2.4; 3.3

Timeline Tools


ThingLink is a web-based tool for embedding multimedia content in an image or collection of images. The image-embedding process, for both teachers and students, simply involves uploading an image and linking it to other resources on the web. Links can lead users to informational webpages, audio recordings, and videos. Prompts guide users most of the way, and there's a Search Content option, which helps support the embedding process with links to commonly used web resources.

Click here for the Andriod App.

Click here for the iPad/iPhone App


Fakebook makes it easy to create a page by just clicking on a field and entering as much information as you like. In the profile picture field you can enter a name and Fakebook will search for images to use. For example, if you create a Fakebook page about George Washington Fakebook will search for pictures of George Washington.

Click here for an example.

Map Creating Tools

PowerPoint Alternatives


Thematic is a tool to create simple (limited text) and visual projects. Projects can contain up to 20 photos with limited text boxes. Super easy to create visual stories or supports.

Adobe Slate (this one keeps getting better)

Video Tools


Stupeflix is a web application to make awesome videos in a few clicks.
Select a video style, pick photos, videos, music, add text, and you're done.

You can import photos, videos from your computer or from the web. You can use photos from your Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa or Flickr accounts. You can even use your webcam to record.
Add a soundtrack by uploading a song or choosing one from our library. You can also add a voice-over file or use our computer voices that will read your text.
Then tell your story with text slides and captions on top of photos and videos.

Stupeflix as an iPhone/iPad sister named Quik.

Other video Tools:

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