Resources for Social Studies-World Language Teachers


Mapping from Paper to Digital

Best Practice 1 - Amazing on-line text book created by two high school teachers and their kids
Best Practice 2 - Sahara Caravan Project - 7th Grader Geography Project

Moving Outside the Classroom

Best Practice 3 - Video Chat with an author
Best Practice 4 - Building Legacy

Think first - What is the unit, lesson, skill you want to teach? Don't start with the tool; start with the goal.

Smartboard Notebook Resources


Lesson Activity Toolkit - Pairs (Matching game sample)
Smart Exchange - Great place to find other teachers' lessons
Kevin Sullivan's Games - Shown at NJEA 2010
My Posterous Site - Links and information for using the Smartboard and Notebook software
My Diigo Sites tagged Smartboard
Delicious - All items tagged with Smartboard and SS (You can easily change to history in the search text box)

~Remember basic file management. When you find something save it in a place where it's easy for you to find again.
For example: Create a folder called Smartboard Lessons, then another folder inside that one called Notebook Templates.
Store all the games/resources made by others that you find there.
When you find a need for one, open it up, edit it to fit your lesson, etc. and then re-save it in another folder based by the class/lesson.
Your templates will always remain but now you have ready made games that work too!

Internet Searching and Information Literacy

You need to remember the Grammar of the web and how it works to search on various search engines. - Typically people only look at first 5 websites that come up in a search.
~Use the Advanced Search feature until you learn the nuances. MAKE sure you teach the kids too!

Glossary of Symbols/codes:

" " = Phrase
- = Eliminates
Site:edu = searches only university sites
Site:uk = searches only uk (Great Britain) sites
Root Database = site for finding country codes

Search Terms to add:

School or Schools
"Online Resources"
"Technology Resources"

~Don't forget to search by STATE as well. You can find great things like this School created Wiki for Texas with great resources for anyone!

Social Studies/History Publishers' Resources:

McDougal Littel
McGraw Hill
Houghton Mifflin EduPlace
List of many Publisher Online Resources

Creating Interactive Documents

Find a pdf on the web - paste into Word
~Remember to view your activity from the back of the room
Change the font size, color, spacing, etc. and save to a base folder
~Open it up and use the Smartboard Pens and then re-save it in a folder you have created if that class
You can upload it immediately for absent students on their class page off your Teacher Page
~Terrific for teaching note taking!

Some Great Teacher Resources

Skype a Teacher - Check out this great list of other teachers who will Skype with you - Check out the Directory and then the comments at the bottom
Think school to school debate!
Skype an Author - Reach out to book authors

Language Clip Art Library

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Rubrics
Kathy Schrock's History Links

History for Kids
Scholastic News for Kids
Kids Past
Institute for Human Origins

Google Custom Search Engine - Great for limiting the results students get in a search and for guiding them in the resources they use

Other Web 2.0 Tools

Quizlet - Terrific for making quizzes and practicing vocabulary
Study Stack - Another Vocabulary tool

GoogleMaps Directory - Place to see all of the gadgets/widgets you can use in Google Maps
Google Lit Trips

Polleverywhere - Terrific for gathering questions on an assignment or engaging students in a thoughtful discussion
ietherpad - Interactive, synchronous tool for collaboration
Wallwisher - Like an online bulletin board for ideas
KidBlog - You can set it so kids' comments are immediately up without your moderating their comments first. Just make it private.
Nice Net

RCampus - Create rubrics and search through hundreds already made. Easy to post to your website too.
Recipes4Success - Create your own Rubrics and then edit with standard suggestions
~Create these as a whole class with your kids on the Smartboard

Podcasting and Audio


Pics you can use in projects

Pics 4 Learning
Flickr pics under a creative commons license

Digital Storytelling Presentation Tools

Glogster EDU
VoiceThread - Great Sample by a 5th grade class OR this one created by a student all about Global Warming

Teacher Pages

Remember to link everything up here! New websites, notes you write together, etc.
Keep your hierarchy simple and easy to navigate

Community & Funding

Donors Choose

Management - Classroom and Home

Raise up laptops on textbooks
Have them close laptops (at least part way) when you need to teach
Make sure you keep track of where they are on various online projects - check list of some sort
Turn off projectors when not in use - Bulbs are very expensive

Remind parents:
1. Only 50 minutes of homework a night
2. Children should be using computer in a family area; not their bedroom
3. Think about charging their laptops in your room at night or at least have a "Homework/laptop Drop Spot" where everything is kept
4. Review doing homework and avoiding/eliminating distractions

~Send home a flier reviewing these ideas and others to be signed showing they have read the document.

Publishing Kids' Work