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Technology in Social Studies

SoftwareEdit

This list includes the title of the software, a link, and a description of the software's capabilities.

Geography

  • Map Makers Tool Kit

Help students develop important map skills as they construct and interpret present-day and historical maps.
http://www.tomsnyder.com/products/product.asp?SKU=MTKMTK&Subject=SocialStudies

  • National Geography 3-D Earth

Allows students to explore geography through different types of maps and country information.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00032HEXG/qid=1140983807/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_unbuck_1/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=599858

Civic

  • Decisions, Decisions 5.0

Through role-playing simulations, students learn and apply the lessons of history. Facilitates class discussions and positive interaction.
http://www.tomsnyder.com/products/product.asp?SKU=DECDEC&Subject=SocialStudies

History

  • Timeliner 5.0

Helps you and your students tackle challenging content and concepts by visually organizing information on a time line or number line.
http://www.tomsnyder.com/products/product.asp?SKU=TIMV50&Subject=SocialStudies

  • Virtual Art Collection

Has video and separate CDs covering Greece and Rome
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004ZCOG/qid=1140983807/sr=8-7/ref=sr_8__i7_xgl65/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=599858

  • Discovering Egypt

Extensive information about Egypt, covering art, music, and virtual navigation of the country.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004ZCR6/qid=1140983807/sr=8-5/ref=sr_8__i5_xgl65/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=599858

  • Egypt Hieroglypics Made Easy

Allows students to experience and learn how hieroglyphics work.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00007L5U5/qid=1140984255/sr=8-9/ref=sr_8__i9_xgl65/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=468642

  • The First Emperor of China

Covers the findings of archaeologists and also the Qin dynasty.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000A3G182/qid=1140984695/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software

  • Ancient Medieval History

Includes: maps, primary documents, photographs, art and more. Covers Greece and Rome.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000EOAHLO/qid=1140984432/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8__i6_xgl65/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=541966

  • Liberty's Kids

Though this is for ages twelve and under, there is a feature for creating newspapers, and watching mini-movies. Could be good for students having difficulty or ESOL.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006ELM9/qid=1140984917/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8__i2_xgl65/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=468642

  • Remembering the Revolutionary War

Includes primary sources, maps, pictures, and general information about the war.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000EDPN78/qid=1140984917/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8__i3_xgl65/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=software&n=468642

Instructional Aids

  • WebQuest Garden 1.0

Allows teachers to make webquests. Sponsored by the San Diego State University.
http://webquest.org/questgarden/author/

GamesEdit

This list includes the title of the game, a link, and a description of the games benifits.

Geography

  • Where in the World is Carmen San Diego

This detective game asks students to solve geography questions in order to catch to thief Carmen Sandiego. http://www.kidsclick.com/descrip/carmen_world_del.htm

Civic

  • SimCity

This game allows students to try to build and run a city. It forces students to make decisions of how to plan a city as well as try to govern a safe place for people to live. http://simcity.ea.com/

History

  • Civilization

Students lead a civilization from hunter and gatherers to world domination. Uses real city names, historical events and figures. Emphasizes importance of diplomacy, trade, geography, and technology.
http://www.civ3.com/

  • Risk

Allows students to see the strategy of the Roman Empire by playing the game of how to take over the world.
http://www.smart-estore.com/product_detail.asp?StoreId=236814&i=0&c=&a=&ProductId=1758

  • Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome

Allows students to play and try to build Rome, as well as experience historical moments. Could be played over the course of the Rome unit.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00001LDCC/qid=1140984562/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8__i6_xgl63/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=videogames&n=468642

  • Egypt; Tomb of the Pharoah

Game that allows students to interact and explore Egypt.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004ZCO7/qid=1140984255/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8__i4_xgl63/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=videogames&n=468642

Economic

  • Monopoly

Allows students to use the principles of economics by playing the game of Monopoly.
http://www.smart-estore.com/product_detail.asp?StoreId=236814&i=0&c=&a=&ProductId=1744

Internet SitesEdit

This list includes the title of the title of the website, a link, and a description of the website.

  • Marco Polo

Good resource designed to aid teachers in incorperating the internet into instruction. Provides standards based lesson plans as well as staff developement resources.
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/teacher/teacher_about.aspx

  • BBC America

Includes great flash information on a variety of topics including Greece, Rome, Indus River Valley, English history and more.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/4_11/history.shtml

  • National Geographic

Good resource for teachers and students. Student page has interactive topics on multiple discplines.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/homework/

  • Discovery School

Teachers: can create puzzles and connect to clip art as well as lesson plans, connection to United Streaming, big teacher resource center.
http://school.discovery.com/
http://education.discovery.com/index.cfm

  • Smithsonian Institute

Provides resources for both teachers and students.
http://smithsonianeducation.org/

  • The British Museum

Provides resources for both teachers and students over a variety of historical subjects.
http://www.thebritishmuseum.com

  • Houghton Mifflin Publishing Website

Good resource to go with a middle school textbook provider that matches curriculum standards.
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/hmss/6/index.html

  • United States Geography Games

This site provides numerous games, each with multiple difficulty levels, that teach U.S. Geography. It is a great resource when teaching the States and Capital Cities of the United States.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

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