Social Studies

General Info

Casey Veatch, Specialist


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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate how iPad can be used as a tool for teaching and learning in the History/Social Science classroom
  • Create personalized History/Social Science learning experiences with iPad using apps, podcasts, and iTunes U content
  • Create learning activities that incorporate iPad as the primary tool for acquisition of curricular knowledge


Learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom or the time constraints of a class block. In this one-day session, participants will learn how to integrate iPad into their History/Social Science classrooms to create deep learning experiences that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Participants will also learn how to use the device to create rich learning environments and curricular experiences that tap into global resources to extend student learning through the creation of a digital time capsule and a digital journal.

Time Capsule Unearths Treasures From 1939

Time Capsule Activity

As a group, we need to pick one historical event that we believe had the greatest impact on humanity over the past 100 years.

In groups of two, you are going to create a "digital" time capsule describing that event.

Do a "quick research" of that event with Safari (I like to start at http://www.history.com/topics to gain some background knowledge).

Create a brief intro for the event using the Pages app.

Find 3-5 photos online and save them to your Photos app. Insert each of the photos into your pages document and describe the importance of those images - tell the story!

Copyright friendly web sited include http://www.pics4learning.com/ & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Using the camera app, each group member should interview their partner on why they believe this event was pivotal in human history (make sure you use the same iPad!).

Insert the video into the Pages document.

Create a bibliography for the images you used. I usually use a site like www.easybib.com for assistance!

If iMovie is available, use the Pages document as a "story board" and create a short iMovie of your digital time capsule!

Time to share!!!!

Virtual Field Trip

Collaborate to create an interactive learning journal on iPad that records current and historical events. This journal will also contain examples of multimedia components that enhance a student’s writing process on topics tied into History/Social Science curricula.

Work in groups of two—one person as researcher and the other as note-taker. The researcher will also compile identified digital media to create the interactive travel journal. The groups will choose a destination for their virtual travel trip from one of the following locations:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Australia

Use the built-in Internet browser, Safari, to research three places of interest on the continent of choice. The places of interest can be a museum, a historical monument, or a tourist attraction.

Collect pictorial artifacts from the three places they visit on their virtual trip.

Open the Maps app and "go" to your destination(s). Take a screenshot of your destination(s) while in the "hybrid" view (satellite and standard maps combined).

Open StoryKit (one picture per page) and write one page about each of your destinations. You will want to be sure to explain the significance of the places and provide three pictures and four facts from each place.

Next, insert your saved photos on the applicable page and then insert an audio file about their destinations into the journal app entries.

Time to share!!!!

Putting it all together!

Don't forget about....

iTunes and iTunes U


Create a lesson

In groups of two - create a simple lesson that utilizes the power of the iPad. It can be on any content or curricular area. Be ready to share!

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