Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBe sure to view these free materials to use as a supplement to your current social studies lessons. These materials also are an excellent way to demonstrate the use of primary sources as a learning tool. As you build supplemental materials to include with these activities, use Padlet, reviewed here, for you and your students to curate online information instead of sharing a list of links. Use Padlet's shelf option to organize your resources by topic. For example, divide your Padlet into sections for biographies, videos, newspapers, and books related to the resource studied. Enhance learning when sharing online articles for students to view together by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative study tool. Fiskkit offers the ability to collaborate by adding highlights, tags and comments on information, and to label information as true or false. As a final project and to extend learning, ask students to use Adobe Spark in K12, reviewed here, to share their projects demonstrating their inspiration for the future. Adobe Spark offers a variety of creation tools, making it easy to provide options for students to choose how to share their learning. Provide students the option to create a video, build a webpage, or create a series of custom graphics as part of a multimedia presentation.
Grades1 to 12
tag(s): professional development (228)
In the ClassroomThe archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
Grades8 to 12
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In the ClassroomShare this site with art and history teachers to use for cross-curricular lessons and activities to enhance instruction. Use a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share ideas with students. For example, when teaching about 20th Century history, create a Padlet with a column that includes ideas from the 20th Century Photography collection, add a column with 20th Century fashion, and another column with links to music from the same time period. Use the information from your Padlet collection along with your current lessons to provide students with an overview of the culture of the time along with the historic information. Have students use a timeline creator such as Timeline JS, reviewed here, to provide a chronology of art incorporated with important dates in history. Ask another group of students to create interactive maps using Google My Maps, reviewed here, that include images, links, and videos to tell the story of art and history in different areas of the world.
Grades10 to 12
tag(s): anthropology (13), business (56), careers (152), cells (103), communication (24), french (86), geology (79), literature (256), media literacy (86), nutrition (169), oceans (168), OER (31), psychology (64), sign language (10), spanish (110), speech (87), statistics (132), women (104), writing (359)
In the ClassroomUse these excellent free course materials in a variety of ways. Share courses with students with specific career interests not covered by traditional curriculums such as aerospace or anthropology. Provide students the opportunity to participate in college-level learning experiences without risk by using materials found in the courses on the site. These courses are perfect for use with gifted students to offer them content at a level that challenges them. As students learn from the information found in the courses on this site, ask them to reflect and share their learning through a digital portfolio created with PortfolioVillage, reviewed here. Students can even include their digital portfolio as part of their college application process at many universities.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomAlthough this site is useful for many purposes, sometimes it is best just to let students explore and discover on their own. Share Voyager with students and allow them time to look around and select places that intrigue them. Encourage them to learn more about an area or subject of interest found on the site. Instead of writing down information, ask students to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to begin research. Using these online documents affords many benefits, including the ability to add comments, highlight information, and add links to online information. Once research is underway, suggest that students use a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to organize information. SearchTeam includes the ability to add notes to bookmarks, making it easy for students to label and add information for later use. As a final project and to extend student learning, ask students to create their own virtual tour of a location using Story Maps, reviewed here, that includes images, videos, and text.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): africa (164), alaska (26), anthropology (13), cross cultural understanding (151), cultures (117), india (35), middle east (44), native americans (85), psychology (64), scotland (7), south africa (13), south america (41)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of these free lesson ideas and videos to incorporate into any lessons on tolerance, culture, and to bring a personal touch to learning about nations around the world. Consider using the embed code found in each video and add the video to your class website for students to view at home before your lesson. Ask students to provide a short response to the video on an online bulletin board like Pinside, reviewed here, then use these responses to guide your lesson. As part of students' ongoing research, share iCyte Education, reviewed here, to use as a browser add-on. iCyte Education allows you to save portions of online information and create the proper citation using just a couple of clicks. Enhance learning by using information learned to create infographics with Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Instead of a typical report or assessment at the end of your unit extend students' learning by having them use Story Maps, reviewed here, to build a virtual field trip to tell the story of students in other cultures. Include links to articles, videos, student-created infographics, and more.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomIf you teach about immigration, be sure to save this site as an excellent resource of lesson ideas and more. Use the print icon to print out any lesson without the graphics and other images on the site. Consider teaching your lessons using a resource like Actively Learn, reviewed here. Actively Learn is an awesome tool that allows for easy curating and distributing reading resources to students. They can read digitally, take notes, and take assessments on the website. During your lesson, ask students to share their learning by creating infographics. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool for creating and sharing interesting infographics. If discussing global immigration, consider enhancing student learning by dividing students into groups to create infographics from different areas around the world. Share all of your students' designs on your class website for students to review and access anywhere. As a culminating project, enhance student's learning by challenging them to create a multimedia presentation including videos, text, infographics, and more using Sway, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): virtual field trips (77)
In the ClassroomThis collection includes virtual field trips for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. Get out your projector (or interactive whiteboard) and take your students on an adventure. Have students go on a "field trip" with a partner or independently on laptops or other devices. Explore the activities suggested.
Grades6 to 12
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tag(s): animals (323), chemicals (51), climate (97), climate change (73), dinosaurs (50), diseases (77), drugs and alcohol (27), energy (211), evolution (106), genetics (89), hiv/aids (20), moon (80), planets (137), plants (175), pollution (67), religions (70), romans (37), solar energy (40), solar system (124), space (233), STEM (217), sun (75), weather (207)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomBe sure to subscribe to the daily email for Delancy Place to stay up to date with the latest commentaries. Use this site as a terrific resource for non-fiction supplemental reading materials for students in social studies classes and as a resource for motivating student interest in the many varieties of topics included. Include a link to the site on classroom computers for student use, or include a link with other useful student resources using a bookmarking site shared with students. SearchTeam, reviewed here, is an excellent bookmarking and sharing tool to use with older students due to it's feature that allows you to add comments. Share an article from Delancy Place with your students and add a question in the comments for students to consider during reading. After reading the article and considering your questions, have students share their answers and reflections with a video response on FlipGrid, reviewed here. Transform student learners into student teachers by asking them to use this site as an example to take classroom reading material and create their own video commentaries using Moovly, reviewed here. Use Moovly's templates and editing tools to create professional-looking video presentations to share.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): architecture (83), england (57), europe (73), france (34), germany (30), italy (16), medieval (29), middle east (44), religions (70), renaissance (34), spain (10), Teacher Utilities (95), video (274)
In the ClassroomView the videos as a class on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to learn about countries or periods studied. Take advantage of the search tool to find videos by themes to provide a comprehensive look at the themes in various parts of Europe. For example, select the Renaissance to view information about this period in France, Italy, Austria, and Portugal to provide a larger context of these events. Create playlists to share with your students for social studies topics. Have students include information from the videos on this site to create a website using Webnode, reviewed here, to share their findings. Ask students to use the templates found on Webnode to enhance their learning style while including images, videos, and their writing. One idea is for students to create a website through the persona of a person living in one of the countries or different a period sharing their way of life. Ask students to modify their learning by creating timelines using Timelinely, reviewed here, to document events from European history. Use Timelinely to include maps, videos, images, and more to create an interactive timeline experience.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the Ancient History Encyclopedia as an activator before teaching any unit on ancient times to share the stories of any period instead of just learning dates. Share the period in time with your students and allow them to explore the site to find items of interest to share with others. Replace paper and pen by using an online bulletin board site like Pinside, reviewed here, and have students share their findings. As you move on through your lessons, extend learning by asking students to use an animated map-making tool like History in Motion, reviewed here, to tell the story of events from their chosen topic. History in Motion offers tools for using current or historical maps to create an animated path including text and uploads of source materials.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of these free materials to immerse students in learning about current events topics through a global lens. One important component of these lessons includes the task of completing a series of formal and informal discussions on each topic. As students identify key topics and information, enhance their learning by asking them to use Lino, reviewed here, to create digital sticky notes to share among teachers and peers. Use options within Lino to color code the sticky notes to identify the group creating the note or different concepts to address throughout the simulation. Simulations also provide background information on each topic, use this information as a starting point, then have students research each topic further on their own or in groups. Share bookmarks and resources using SearchTeam, reviewed here. In addition to sharing bookmarks, SearchTeam includes tools for adding notes and comments for all team members to use when collaborating together. Throughout your simulation activities, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to modify learning and to pose essential questions discussed within the activity. Have students add video responses within Flipgrid to share their perspective and solutions to the different problems. As a final learning activity, provide students options for sharing their conclusions and suggestions to the simulation activities through a variety of multimedia choices. Instead of a book report or PowerPoint presentation consider asking students to create a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Both options offer tools for transforming students' learning to include video, images, and more to share their final conclusion and perspective on the topic included in the simulation.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude this site with your resources for teaching both of these timely topics. Collaborate with your students and extend learning by bookmarking and saving additional resources using Netboard, reviewed here. In addition to saving bookmarks, Netboard includes the option for adding notes to shared resources. Encourage students to use this feature to describe useful information found on any website. As students explore these topics, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to enhance learning by creating video response questions for student discussion. Encourage students to redefine their learning and problem solve solutions by creating video explainers describing the problem and proposed solutions using a video explainer tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here.
In the ClassroomCreate quizzes to correlate with current history lessons. Use your quiz to introduce any new time period or series of events as a pre-assessment, then continue sharing with students for use throughout your unit and as a review for your final assessment. Although created for use with dates, this site can also be modified to create quizzes for the order of events in stories and novels. Extend classroom technology use and student learning by having students create their own quizzes then share with peers as a review tool. Use the URL link and embed codes created to transform class tech use by including student-created quizzes within multimedia projects created using a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here. After students create their quizzes, modify class tech use and learning by asking students to use a timeline creation tool like History in Motion, reviewed here, to add images, videos, and text to tell the entire story. Choose from other timeline creation tools located here.
Grades8 to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark Quatr.us as a resource for history articles and "on this date" information to share with students. Instead of creating links to bookmarked sites on your class webpage or computer, use Padlet, reviewed here to create an interactive resource for students. Within your Padlet create columns to add websites, videos, or other student resources. Consider using Quatr.us along with other history sites as a resource for students to use and create a weekly or monthly podcast discussing historic events using a site like Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Instead of just learning about historic events, different time periods, or the history of a country enhance student knowledge by having individual students or groups of students use Google My Maps reviewed here to create a virtual field trip to tell the story. Enhance student learning by asking students to use a timeline creation tool like History in Motion, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline using images, maps, and video.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to reference throughout the school year. Use the keyword search option to find ideas for specific units or technology tools to use. Use a bookmarking tool like Wakelet, reviewed here, to collect and share information from this blog along with your other resources. As you gather lesson ideas and create your unit, use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create differentiated lesson activities for your students.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIf you teach music, be sure to include this as a starting point for teaching music history and different formats. This site isn't just for music teachers. In Social Studies, use this site to provide context to different periods of history through music and as a starting point for student research on music styles and life during any period. If you teach Reading and Language Arts, use this site to find and share music from the period found in novels and current reading materials. Take advantage of students' interest in music to use this Musicmap as a starting point for research and biography projects. As students complete their research, enhance their learning by asking them to share their findings on a website created using Webnode, reviewed here. In addition to student writing, include audio, video, and images to tell their story. For a different take on research projects, use Story Maps, reviewed hereto tell a story using images, text, and more using maps.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): timelines (60)