Social Studies Technology Integration Strategies

This site is meant to benefit Social Studies educators who are looking for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. On this page you will find an example of four technology integration strategies: Internet Integration, Tool Software, Instructional Software, and Productivity Software. For each of these, the specific integration strategy is listed, the relative advantage and expected outcome are explained, and then a link to a resource with additional information is also provided.

Using the Internet for Instruction: Discussion Boards
  1. Integration strategy: Teachers could use discussion boards to facilitate learning among students by holding an online debate about the Louisiana Purchase. Half the class would be in favor of the purchase and half the class would be against it. Students would utilize a class discussion board to facilitate a productive and historically accurate debate.

  2. Relative Advantage: Students would not only build knowledge of historical events, but would also be able to practice their debating skills. This project would require students to research as well as build salient arguments about a real event in history.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students would be responsible for facilitating a productive and meaningful debate while practicing historical empathy about a real-life historical event.

  4. Resources: The University of Washington provides information on using discussion boards in the classroom along with other resources about how teachers can utilize discussion boards at this site

Tool Software: Microsoft PowerPoint
  1. Integration strategy: Students could create their own PowerPoint presentation about inventions that came about during the Industrial Revolution. Presentations could be interactive with resource links, images, and even video clips.

  2. Relative Advantage: Students would be connecting the benefits of a tool software with relevant information regarding their curriculum. Students would learn about the Industrial Revolution by creating presentations, which would enhance their understanding of the content by creating an “instructional” project for their peers to view.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students will not only be researching and learning about inventions from the Industrial Revolution, but will also be integrating that knowledge in a relevant way to “teach” their peers about what they learned.

  4. Resources: This site offers great advice about how to effectively use PowerPoint in the classroom

Instructional Software: Riverdeep’s The Oregon Trail
  1. Integration strategy: Through simulated problem-solving software, students would be able to “experience” what people long ago experienced more than they would be able to experience in other ways.

  2. Relative Advantage: Students learn to take an active role in simulated environments and could practice historical empathy for those people in history who experienced the real Oregon Trail hardships.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students would complete a simulation project and be responsible for successfully completing the trail and participating in a project promoting historical empathy.

  4. Resources: To visit Riverdeep’s website for information about Oregon Trail and other educational software, click here,1380671,818_1380706&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Productivity Software: Apple’s iMovie
  1. Integration strategy: Students could use iMovie to conduct a digital storytelling project to tell the story of the events leading up to the Civil War. Students would use images and audio to make a “movie” about their chosen topic, which would help them make connections to the actual event in history.

  2. Relative Advantage: Students can use this technology to compare and contrast past events with the present. This will help students build skills in critical thinking and analysis of historical events.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students should be able to explore these past events from a present perspective and apply present technologies to help them learn about history.

  4. Resources: Apple’s site about the latest version of iMovie and other interactive productivity software can be accessed by clicking on this link

Roblyer, M. D. & Doering, A. H. (2010). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.