Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies

The CoolCatTeacher

Dustin Harnish inspires social studies teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. But he uses far more than technology to engage students.

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Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

The Hechinger Report

Seventh grade students offer feedback on projects by sixth graders at Stony Brook School, where about 40 students in each grade get interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Related: How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning.

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3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Where do students spend their time outside of school? Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? Ask students to write a story or opinion about what they see.

To tackle school climate, rethink student engagement

The Christensen Institute

These teams could strategically revamp school disciplinary measures with the goal of giving students more opportunities to reform their behavior—without sacrificing classroom learning or exacerbating their risk of run-ins with the law. In part, this has to be a conversation about race: harsh disciplinary practices represent just one barrier to ensuring that schools provide students of all racial backgrounds with a safe environment where they can learn and succeed.

Boosting student engagement using the 4Cs of education

Neo LMS

I was present, I did my homework, studied very hard for my finals, yet I did not raise my hand to answer questions in class. The truth is: I was not engaged in the classroom. Engagement is active. So what does engagement look like? Here’s a story I don’t tell very often.

Increasing student engagement, by design

Turn to Your Neighbor

One of Mazur’s philosophies that infuses everything I do as an educator is that people learn best when they are engaged. Here is the basic approach: Reimagine what students (and you) do before class: Mazur’s new method puts a premium on motivating and rewarding pre-class work.

It’s Time for Social Studies to Make a Comeback. Here Are 3 Insights for Educators.

Edsurge

Social studies is poised for a comeback in U.S. More than any other subject, social studies has the potential to ignite a fire; there’s the very real chance that something students read will inspire them toward civic participation. Focus on student engagement above all.

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5 Technology tools that will keep your students engaged in the classroom

Neo LMS

Students are obsessed with technology and gadgets nowadays, so why can’t we use technology to keep them engaged while learning? Advances in technology have made it possible to make classroom learning fun, engaging and interactive.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

TeachThought - Learn better.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement. Educators believe that student engagement in the classroom is crucial to learning and that it can increase achievement and enrollment in challenging courses while decreasing dropout rates.

Vetting Social Studies Resources Is Important. And Hard. Here’s How to Do It Well.

Edsurge

This article is part of our upcoming guide, Social Studies: It's Time to Reinvest. What’s at stake in social studies education? The content of modern social studies curricula is highly contested, and evolving rapidly and sometimes radically.

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This District Tapped Students’ Histories to Create an Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Edsurge

This article is part of our upcoming guide, Social Studies: It's Time to ReInvest. How might we tap into our students’ and communities’ wealth of knowledge, creativity and ingenuity, to problem-solve our most pressing issues? Designing an ethnic studies course was personal for us.

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Understanding Student Engagement

eSpark

Effective 21st century educators are less concerned with running quiet, orderly classrooms, and more concerned with meeting the needs of every student and inspiring a lifelong love of learning. What does student engagement look like? Students participate in a writing workshop.

Using Friendly Academic Competition as a Way to Boost Student Engagement in Social Studies Education

Fractus Learning

Often when educators, parents, or administrators think of a “competitive” student, they’re probably more likely to envision someone in a physical-education class than a student of history.

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Increasing student engagement, by design

Turn to Your Neighbor

One of Mazur’s philosophies that infuses everything I do as an educator is that people learn best when they are engaged. Here is the basic approach: Reimagine what students (and you) do before class: Mazur’s new method puts a premium on motivating and rewarding pre-class work.

New Research: Schools Using Technology for Greater Student Engagement

techlearning

Large screen, interactive displays that facilitate student collaboration improve engagement and enhance the learning experience and are a priority for many districts as they shift away from teacher-directed pedagogy. To read the study in its entirety, click here.

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

MindShift

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. Novel study in pre-algebra. Questions related to plot and language, Bezaire said, help his less confident math students.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources.

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9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class

Ditch That Textbook

I have been enjoying creating, sharing, and using HyperDocs in my classroom for the past three years now after learning about them during the very first night of the inaugural #DitchBook book study Twitter chat.

Play Like a Pirate: Fun That Doubles Student Engagement

Fractus Learning

Part of several recent conversations that I’ve had with educators have focused on different levels of student engagement. We use this to get usable data from middle and high school students by asking them to select one quadrant that best describes each of their classes.

The Need for More Play in School

A Principal's Reflections

In many ways my kids engage in play in unique ways based on their personalities. They love walking the neighborhood engaged in Pokemon Go. Play has to be valued in school and its integration should be a priority if student learning and achievement are the goal.

How to Help Your Students Navigate the News in a Presidential Election Year

Edsurge

For social studies educators, a presidential election year is a big deal. I’ve always relished these times because they’re part of what makes social studies special. Social studies teachers must support their students as they encounter: Major attacks on journalism.

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How This Teacher Brings Census Data to Life in the Classroom

Edsurge

Steve Kahlfeldt wants his students to grasp how the census impacts them right now, not in some far-off future. That money also impacts staffing and resources for at-risk and special needs students. EdSurge: Why is it essential for educators to talk about the census with students?

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How Automated Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

The real issue is that the teaching and learning process in class is not engaging students via technology that is an integral part of their lives. “My How does your platform boost interactivity and student engagement, specifically?

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7 Ways to Get Teens Reading in a Smartphone Culture

Edsurge

In it, Adams decries his students’ lack of interest in reading and places the blame squarely on smartphones. Adams is certainly correct that teenagers aren’t reading nearly as much these days; one 2016 study suggests a third of U.S. Education Technology Literacy Student Engagement

How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

The real issue is that the teaching and learning process in class is not engaging students via technology that is an integral part of their lives. “My How does your platform boost interactivity and student engagement, specifically?

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Your Device Rollout Isn’t About Hardware—It’s About Engagement

Edsurge

For anyone involved in education, the importance of engagement is clear. And the need for both student engagement and buy-in cannot be overstated when it comes to device rollout. Engagement in the classroom matters. Focus on the students.

Use Classic Games to Ignite Student Engagement

Graphite Blog

As a new middle school media specialist in a school that serves students in grades 5 through 8, I spent most of last year collaborating with Sara, our school's instructional technology facilitator. This model updates the library from a storehouse of information to a place where students can interact with information, learn 21st-century skills, and create content and materials in a whole new way. Student engagement was clear from the start.

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

Edsurge

It’s not because these students and teachers have a peculiar penchant for fetid footsies. Rather, Stinky Feet Day is the students’ hard-earned reward for reaching new benchmarks in silent reading. In 2018, Golden Grove’s Hispanic students’ PYG average was 1.17; for ESE (i.e.,

5 Tips for Integrating Ed-Tech Into Students’ Daily Lives

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Although I personally believe the most effective solutions can draw on both approaches, it’s clear to me that software intended for students must be evolutionary as we consider the logistics of integrating technology in students’ daily lives. What hardware do students use?

How My Struggles as a Student Led to Success for My Reluctant Readers

Edsurge

Inspired by my aforementioned graduate professor, I thought it would be fun to get to know my students by kicking off my own classes with a reader biography assignment. I would not be starting the year with a full study of Shakespeare’s “Othello.”

Educators, Take Note: The Census Is a Very Big Deal

Edsurge

An Opportunity for Social Studies Teachers This is familiar territory for history and civics teachers. In short, social studies teachers already know how important the census is. A sociology teacher can use census data to help students construct and execute a mini field study.

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‘The Secret to Developing Successful Readers’ Lies In How You Motivate Them

Edsurge

This means that no matter which career students choose, there will always be more to learn and consider. Unfortunately, says Guthrie, students’ reading motivation is often "shockingly low." EdSurge: Why are some students not motivated to read? Reading Engagement Project.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively?

The Problem With How We Teach History

Edsurge

This article is part of our upcoming guide, Social Studies: It's Time to ReInvest. Working in small groups, students visited each of the sources, organizing their reflections with a graphic organizer. After all, isn’t that we want for students—to have them think through evidence?

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL). Students can see examples.