Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Using Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

I have been experimenting with a few different digital technologies that teachers of the social studies can infuse in their classrooms. Here's an example of one technology (xtranormal) that allows students and teachers to create short animated videos on different topics. Users control the characters, the audio, the script, and even camera angels. Also, after publishing their video, users can use Microsoft Movie Maker to add titles, additional audio, and edit the footage. Here's an example of one video I created using these programs. In this video, Larry King Interviews Sarah Palin on the current state of social studies education in k-12 education.

Global and Social Studies Education

The website/blog allows educators in the social studies to reflect upon key issues in the social studies. It also allows teachers the opportunity to access resources that help infuse instructional media and technology, and global perspectives in their teaching.