I will be working with a group of students next year who are part of a 1:1 pilot using laptop computers. I am curious how other educators are adding web 2.0 experiences in their social studies classrooms.

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I am a Social Studies teacher. I am still a beginner in web 2.0, though. On my website, my kids have posted podcasts as a Who Am I? activity. They have to write ten sentences about their historical person (which I take from the standards). The other students listen to the podcasts and guess who their person is. We are currently working on an iMovie project where the students are going to timeline preselected Great Plains 1800s photos and narrate their movie themselves. They are also commenting on blogs that I have posted. I'm glad you started this thread. I'm excited to see what other people are doing.
This sounds great. Thanks for including your website. Our team is getting ready to start an interdis project on Africa. We are going to have our students use a wiki page that we created to use as a storage facility for their projects. They will be producing an iMovie or Impress presentation at the end of the project as their final product.
I am starting my 1:1 program pilot this semester (ours starts on Monday the 26th). We have a program called Angel, which is like Blackboard or Moodle. In it I can add a lot of web 2.0 features, such as discussion. I am probably going to be adding things in slowly so I do not overwhelm myself or the students.
Awesome! Our school is already using Angel. Our 6th grade teachers who currently have our laptop kids are really utilizing Angel. I am working to become more proficient with it so that next year it will be a better transition for the students. They are going to have a leg up on the program since they have already spent a year with it. Keep me in the loop how your pilot program is coming. I am very interested since the 6th grade in our school works more like an elementary and our seventh and eighth grade more like high school.
Take a peek at A Very Old Place.
Thanks! This looks like a great site for primary materials.
David, could you explain this 1:1 program you are doing?

If you check out my discussion on Are Laptop classes necessary? That I am looking for some help in getting a laptop classroom for my school. Any ideas you can share would be great as well.


Trying to find ways to use web 2.0 in a small, rural, Iowa school district. Not all students have computers or internet access at home. Any suggestions on where to get started?
That is my situation. I make sure I allow enough time for the students to complete the task in the classroom. (Of course it helps to have enough computers for all students too, I don't know if that is your situation)

If there is a computer lab or something to that extent somewhere in the building that the students have access to before and after school that fixes the problem of students not having access at home to finish assignments.

I have found that some web 2.0 resources can be worked on at home and then spend a little classtime putting the information into the web 2.0 feature. Such as giving the students a topic to think about a write responses to, then post them on a blog or forum during class and respond to other students' postings.
I have developed a Ning web site describing some of my experiences with using Web 2.0 tools in a history/social studies high school classroom. Here is he link: http://classroomcollaboration.ning.com/

My two primary activities are M4 Projects (multi media mind mapping) and CC2 Projects (Classroom Collaboration 2.0) that use several tools: Zoho Notebooks, Zotero, Mindmeister, Zoho Show,n Picasa Web Albums, Voicethread, Kompozer, and Moodle.

Come take a look and let me know what you think.

I will be presenting some of this material at eTech Ohio Coference on February 3, 2009. Look me up if you will be there.
David, what class do you use your CC2 projects in? I like the idea, but my only concern would be students who don't get their work done on time. I teach freshmen U.S. History, 11th grade sociology, and 7th grade World Cultures. Is this something you find works better for upper classmen? How long do you give them to get their presentations done. When you begin a new chapter do you give a broad overview, assign them the different sections with questions to answer, allow them a week or so to complete it and then discuss it the other week or so? what extension activities do you do with these? do students have to be responsible for any other work besides just taking notes? This is something I would like to do here in upcoming weeks with my Sociology class and I hope you could clarify exactly your process.
I am using it with 11th graders in US History. I would try it with 10th graders, but not with 9th or lower. You're right about everyone getting done on time.

The students work a week ahead. I present every other chapter--giving them time to prepare their own. It's a nice change of pace.

They have to prepare their work without my overview--though they sometimes make last minute changes after we have discussed earlier questions in class.

Your two-week schedule would be nice, but my syllabus doesn't allow for it. 30 chapters in 30 weeks!

As for extension activities, I often examine primary sources in class.

By "responsible", all I can say is that I test every two weeks with multiple choice and short essay questions.

Happy to help.




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