By Nina Kendall
Digital Learning Day will soon be upon us. This event is a chance for us to renew our commitment to educating children in a technology rich environment. You can share your plans and show your commitment by taking the Digital Learning Day pledge. If you are still looking for a few options for your social studies classroom, check out our suggestions.
Freedom Summer: National Youth Summit
Join the conversation at the National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer at 12 pm EST on 2/5/2014. This is a unique opportunity to use technology to discuss Freedom Summer and the meaning of citizenship with participants in the Civil Rights Movement, other students, and modern activists. Students can submit questions for the summit and hear the responses from those involved. They can gain a sense of common national concerns and the continuing importance of an active citizenry.
Tweet a question about George Washington to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon using the hashtag above and they will respond.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
Take a Virtual Tour of the White House or another landmark or museum. Visit our pinterest board for more options.
Learn more about the struggle for equality with Created Equal, a National Film Project Created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Here you can stream an original film and get suggestions about how to incorporate this resource into class.
Go On Mission US
Play a game to explore events of the past. Go to Mission US and then you choose a mission. You can fight in the Revolutionary War, travel toward freedom, or struggle with the coming railroad. These free interactive games can be played online or on an ipad or android tablet. Students can learn and have fun.
ReadWriteThink Printing Press
Use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to have students create posters or brochures that show what they have learned and can share with you electronically.
Explore Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads
Use the flash-based exhibit at the National Constitution Center to explore the political decisions of Abraham Lincoln. Compare your decisions with this talking Lincoln and deeply examine his struggles.
A More Perfect Union
Learn about Japanese Internment and the struggle for Civil Rights at the Smithsonian’s A More Perfect Union Web exhibit. Here you can explore the crisis surrounding the constitutional conflict and citizens of Japanese descent with primary sources, text, and film.
Romare Bearden's Black Odyssey
Visit this site to learn more about the life and works of Romare Bearden. There are audio tour apps of this traveling exhibit available on both iOS and android. There is also a collage creation app available for free on ipads that feature Bearden's backgrounds. Challenge your students to embrace Bearden's remix perspective to make art and craft new stories.