Category Archives: Social Studies

Performance Assessment via Google Maps

As we approach the end of the first semester, and middle school students begin looking towards a new trimester, performance assessments are on the minds of many. How can we know what students really understand? If your content has any … Continue reading

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Collaborative Writing with Google Docs

Last month, Teresa America and Annie Wayland, social studies teachers at West High, tried something a bit different with their digital story project.  They have been frustrated by the typical downfalls of a digital group project: lack of accountability, off-task … Continue reading

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Encouraging Independent Review with Quizlet

The review sessions are picking up, whether in the library, the hallway, or on Facebook.  This week I’d like to highlight one tool some teachers have used to help students do the basic work of association and memorization. Quizlet is … Continue reading

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Teach with Youtube – in more ways than one!

Youtube is much more than simply a video resource, thanks to a bit of behind-the-scenes coding.  By publishing something called an “application programming interface”, or API, Google (YouTube’s parent company), has allowed other websites to “mash up” YouTube content with … Continue reading

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Google Earth 5.0 Beta Released

If you are a user of Google Earth or have thought about using it in your classroom, it might be time to download the newest version released just a few days ago.  Google has added some tremendous features to Earth … Continue reading

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Google Maps Project

In Renee Boyd’s, History of St. Louis class, students are participating in a global project in entitled, “Greetings from…” Postcard Geography. The main goal of this project is to share famous landmarks, locations, or unique aspects of your home state … Continue reading

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Removing the Nav Bar from Blogger

If you use Blogger with students in your classes you are aware that there is a Navigation Bar at the top of the screen that will take the viewer of the site to the “Next Blog”.  Unfortunately, “Next Blog” is … Continue reading

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