Here are four social media tools that teachers and students can utilize to make social studies concepts more relevant and interesting.
What kind of critical challenges could you
design with one of these tools in mind?
1) Explore the world’s history through images and stories. Compare life in the 1800’s to now or even in the 1950’s. Add your own photos, write a story and even explore the world map. Check it out further at History Pin and watch the 90 second introduction video.
2) GeoDart is a geography trivia game where students answer questions by placing darts in the correct locations on the map. This is one of UMapper’s platforms where you can build a trivia game based on any location.
3) GapMinder is a website that pulls in statistical content from countries around the world. It produces videos, flash presentations and .pdf charts showing major global development trends with animated statistics. It has a section for teachers listing the many ways it can be used effectively in the classroom.
4) 22Frames indexes captioned and subtitled videos. There are many categories to choose from, such as Animals to TV/Film. These could easily be used in class to offer different learning experiences for students.