Website Recommendations for Teaching Social Studies

  • Kelly Gallagher - Article of the Week - help build context and make connections with history by using short current event articles to generate historical thinking.
  • Library of Congress
  • South Carolina Digital Library
  • SC DISCUS- planning a major change over the summer.
    • Biography in Context, Brittanica Online, Culturegrams, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and World Data Analyst will still be in DISCUS
    • US History in Context and World History in Context will be among the databases replaced by 30 new databases from EBSCOHost. To access the database prior to July 1, you will need to use the username and password given during our staff development, or email one of us to get the username and password. Especially for history classes, log into the EBSCO databases and check out History Reference Center.
  • Smithsonian Museums
    • View the introductory video for your grade level to get an idea of the types of resources to be found on this site, including Lesson plans, links to primary sources, and history web site reviews.
    • The short video, "Digital Classroom," introduces ways that instructional technology can be used to enrich history lessons, deepen student understanding, and engage diverse learners.
  • Teaching and Learning with the New York Times
  • Thinkfinity
  • Tweentribune - get short current event articles for students in elementary, middle, and high schools, including Spanish-language students. Teachers can enroll their classes and moderate their students' comments on the articles.

Web 2.0 Tools for Social Studies Presentations

Social Studies Web 2.0 Tools via Jogtheweb - This Jogtheweb link includes numerous Web 2.0 Tools that can be used for both teacher and student social studies presentations. Some of the tools included are Jogtheweb, PDF Converter, KeepVid, Dropbox, Edmodo, Animoto, Voicethread, Prezi, and Museumbox.