Technology in Education

April 04, 2006

Links for Technology Integration with the Social Studies!!!

Once again, I have found some more useful links for Social Studies teaching. I will try to get more Science and Math related content over the next little while so this blog can help more than just Humanities teachers, although that is my specialty...

http://www.civilization.ca - Official website for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. It contains a lot of articles, interactive games, etc. The most interesting part is that it has exhibits and features that cover all kinds of topics, even some more of the unusual ones that you don't necessarily cover in school.

http://www.hfmgv.org/education/smartfun/colonial/intro/intro.html - A neat little site that looks at the lives of a typical family from history, offers great perspective that a textbook cannot match.

http://www.desertusa.com/qtvr/du_qtvr.html - A great site for teaching geography units, it features panoramic views of desert topography around America.

http://www.thecoo.edu/~apeter/sostinternet_scavenhunt.htm - A web-based assignment/activity that links to a lot of other useful websites out there. This will keep the kids busy, informed, and it will allow them to become familiar with some of the great web resources available to them in their studies.

http://www.boondocksnet.com/gallery/political_cartoons.html - An excellent archive of political cartoons from history that can be used for those analysis-type questions on unit tests. It is always very important to develop political-cartoon-literacy in your students.

http://canada.gc.ca/acanada/acPubLevel3.jsp?font=0&lang=eng&categoryId=85 - Well, our taxes have to go to something useful. Here is a web-based resource just for high school students straight from the Government of Canada itself. It includes information and quizzes for practice. Definitely worth checking out!

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ - A collection of links to online maps out there, excellent for interactive geography lessons. Why just pull down those boring old wall maps when you can show students an active detailed map that changes (location, theme, emphasis) with just a click of the mouse? Time to get with the times, eh?

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/mapping/mappingcanada/default.html - Interactive historical maps of Canada. A must-have for any Canadian history teacher.

http://www.cangeo.ca/mapping/default.asp - Canadian Geographic's section on how to interpret/understand maps. Even includes a program that allows students to create their own maps. Budding cartographers take notice!

Once again, don't hesitate to make use of these resources, the world of Social Studies scholarship has gotten much bigger and better with the advent of the Internet. I'll start looking towards putting up more Science and Math related sites now, because this blog is getting a little too uneven. If there are any Math/Science teachers out there who are proficient at including technology into their routines and are aware of great Web resources, please contact me! Either I can help to put it up, or better yet you are welcome to join me on this blog and offer the Science perspective to my Humanities one! Until next time folks...

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