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Social Studies and Web 2.0

 COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Did you know that social studies and 21st century skills are the perfect partners? There are a growing number of social studies teachers in Vermont who are successfully using Web 2.0 tools – one important emphasis of 21st century skills – in their classrooms. In this workshop, you will learn from these colleagues about how these tools can be explicitly used to enhance social studies content and skills. You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of these tools as well as units and assessments that you can use or adapt for your own classroom needs.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  •         Session I – Create Your Own Country Using Google Earth: Participants will learn how to change a traditional paper and markers mapping project to a 3D digital experience using Google Earth.
    •    Sesion 2 – Pharaoh’s Wiki: Participants will use Web 2.0 tools such as del.icio.us, wikis, blogs, and videos to analyze a Pharaoh’s governing decisions in ancient Egypt.
    •    Session 3 – Revolution and Propaganda: Web 2.0 and the Middle Level Curriculum: Participants will learn how to engage middle school students in the history of the American Revolution through the examination of revolution and propaganda and the integration of 21st century skills and technology such as Moodle, Google Docs, Podcasting, Wikis, and Inspiration.
    •    Session 4 – Getting to Know You…Through a Collaborative Social Studies Project: Social Studies teachers who work at different middle schools that feed into the same high school have created a project to get their students to know each other before coming to the high school. They designed a World War I unit that allows the students to collaborate via a wiki after reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.

    There will also be door prizes – an iPod Nano and an iPod Touch (donated by VITA-Learn).
    assion for self-directed, life-long learning.