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Using Newsela to Teach Current Events

Do you want to incorporate more current events in your classroom but struggle to find grade-appropriate texts? This is a problem for many teachers, but Newsela serves as a solution. Join us as we demonstrate how to find grade-appropriate current events that you can share with your students.

Socratic Seminar Using Microsoft Teams

A tried and true method of discussion and critical thinking, the Socratic method can be a great way to engage students in dialogue even while learning digitally. In this course, we will take a look at how to use the Socratic method with the tools and features of Teams to engender thoughtful, open debate.

Having a Class Debate Using Google Meet

Are you looking for a unique way to help students practice their debate skills? In this session, we'll explore how to use Google Meet, an online video conferencing platform to connect students. We'll explore activity ideas and discussion prompts, learn key debate concepts, and look at how to use Meet's tools and features to further engage conversation.

Creating Interactive Vocabulary Lists Using Thinglink

Vocabulary lists are used in almost every classroom and rarely offer any interactive engagement for students. Join us as we talk about Thinglink, a website that allows students to create interactive displays and virtual tours that connect the tactile world to the digital world. With Thinglink, we will show you how to make vocabulary lists with your students that are interactive, informative, and meaningful.

Tech-Infused Learning: Bloxels in the Economics Classroom

With Bloxels, your students can create interactive stories for any classroom. In this session, we'll show you how to prepare your social studies students with the tools needed to design a 13-bit video game focusing on the Economics Learning Standards. Will money grow on trees? Who will reap the rewards? Students will investigate, create, and answer these questions and more!

Makey Makey Your Social Studies Lessons Come to Life

Makey Makey is the key to creating engaging Social Studies lessons! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create fun, interactive projects that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important Social Studies concepts.

Combining STEM and Social Studies to Engineer a City

Urban planning is important. New York City has gridlock issues, Atlanta has traffic problems, and Boston has maze-like streets. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just re-engineer a city to fix these issues? Or, what if we had had the foresight to plan them appropriately before they were constructed? If only it were that easy! In this session, join us as we dive into the history of urban planning, and leave with some great ideas on how to teach this important topic in your classroom.

Digital DBQs for the Social Studies Classroom

Effective document-based questions (DBQs) can be used to develop students' abilities to appreciate historical perspectives and hone their analytical skills. In this course you'll learn how to use various digital tools to create DBQ activities and templates to encourage inquiry and critical thinking.