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ERIC Number: EJ834678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Exploring the Past with 21st-Century Tools
Schrum, Kelly; Schrum, Lynne
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v21 n4 p24-27 Mar-Apr 2009
Elementary school teachers and students in the U.S. are engaging with the past in new ways. Teachers send students on guided online searches for images. Students explore interactive timelines, create podcasts based on oral history interviews with family members, and make digital video projects with historical photographs and video clips. A host of online tools, such as Voicethread, are designed to help students think through their ideas and share them with fellow students, collaboratively analyzing and commenting on primary sources using voice, text, or graphics. Young learners are curious and enthusiastic about the past and about using technology. Putting the two together can create an open and exciting educational environment, but it requires preparation and planning. There is more to do than having students passively "gaze at webpages." Teaching and modeling the core values of social studies involves taking information and creating an educational environment that fosters the development of knowledge. This article discusses the use of technology to teach social studies concepts in authentic and relevant ways and to assist young learners to begin thinking like historians. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States