Integrate Technology Into Your Social Studies and History Classroom

Technology, social media, and access to information continue to impact nearly every aspect of modern life. Because of this, the skills that our students need to be successful in college, careers, and life continue to evolve. It’s never been enough for students to simply “know things,” but in an era where so much information is readily available through a simple Google search and misinformation commonly appears in both social and news media, this is more true than ever before. In addition to content knowledge, students need to be information-literate critical thinkers.

To address these changing needs and to provide national guidance for social studies and history educators, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has developed the C3 Framework, which outlines the skills necessary to prepare students for college, career, and civic life in today’s technology-infused world. The resources in this AVID Open Access collection are organized around the four dimensions of the C3 Framework and provide practical tools and strategies for integrating technology meaningfully into social studies and history classrooms. When done well, technology integration can increase student engagement, academic achievement, critical thinking skills, and preparedness for a tech-rich world.

Amplify Social Studies and History Education with Technology

Consider how technology has made the instruction of social studies and history more important than ever and how you can best prepare your students for life in a technology-infused world.

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Social Studies Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

Examine four strategies and skills that you can use to help your students develop questions and plan inquiries.

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Social Studies Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

Explore digital resources that you can integrate into your civics, economics, history, and geography classroom.

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Social Studies Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

Explore five ways to empower your students to critically evaluate resources and effectively use them as evidence.

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Social Studies Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

Explore a multitude of ways that students can use audio, video, text, images, and multimedia to communicate conclusions, demonstrate what they’ve learned, and take action based on that learning.

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