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Use Google Apps to Integrate Social Studies

  • Are you looking for a way to integrate Social Science curriculum with technology?
  • Do your students need a fresh and unique project to inspire them and spark their interest?
  • Is your school using Google Apps?

TechnoTimeline can do the job! TechnoTimeline is the third project in the initial release of TechnoKids‘ series of technology projects using G Suite for Education, following the previous releases of TechnoQuestionnaire and TechnoMap. For schools using Microsoft Office, both TechnoTimeline and TechnoMap are available in PowerPoint versions.

Use Google Slides to Make a Graphic Organizer

In this project, students create a timeline that summarizes significant events. The graphic organizer will consist of information organized in chronological order. Each event will be analyzed to gain an understanding of its historical importance on people and future events.

To start, students study sample timelines for inspiration. Next, they research a topic and record findings using an organizer. Once the important moments have been pinpointed, Google Slides is used to create a graphic display. Upon completion, the sequence of events is shared with others.

TechnoTimeine project for Google Apps

Use Google Apps to make a timeline of significant events

Integrate Technology

How can teachers use TechnoTimeline in the social studies curriculum? The choices are many. Here are some ideas to tailor this project to fit curriculum requirements:

  • Biography Timeline: Select a significant historical figure such as a politician, explorer, scientist, or humanitarian. What decisions or accomplishments were influential? Form connections between people and events.
  • Historical Period Timeline: Select a historical period such as the age of imperialism, ancient civilizations, renaissance, or middle ages. What critical developments shaped the future?
  • Historical Event Timeline: Select a historical event such as a war, revolution, or expedition. What challenges were overcome to produce a particular result? Pinpoint important events.
  • Historical Topic Timeline: Select a topic such as flight, country, or scientific advances. What stands out as being important? Outline critical moments from the beginning to today to show changes over time.
  • Historical Moment Timeline: Select a significant moment or situation such as an invention, discovery, human rights issue, vote, or disaster. What led up to it? Analyze the cause and consequences of each event.
  • Plot Summary Timeline: Select a novel. What happened? Sequence the story events.
  • Autobiography Timeline: Tell about yourself. What makes you special? Share milestones or achievements in your life. Explain why each event is important to who you are today.
  • Family Timeline: Record special memories. When did family members marry, have a baby, move, go to college, or get a job? Describe how this influences you today.
TechnoTimeline for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Explain important events in an historical event.

Sample Files Included

Inspire your students with the sample timelines included in the project:

  1. Alexander Graham Bell – a biography timeline showing significant contributions to technology
  2. The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition – an historical event timeline showing the challenges overcome by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew
  3. Milestones in Flight – an historical topic timeline listing important events in the era of manned flight

10 More Blogging Activities for Elementary Students

Are you looking for even more blogging activities? Here are a few more ideas:

1. Art Reflection

Take a digital photo or scan a piece of artwork. Post the artwork to the blog. Have students reflect upon the creative process in a short paragraph. For example, they can identify the materials, outline the techniques used to create the art piece, describe how they feel about the artwork, explain what made them chose the subject matter, list problem areas, or propose one thing they might do differently in the future.

2. Art Critic

Post a picture of a famous painting. Have students comment upon the elements and principles of design, subject matter, or feelings evoked.

3. Transform a Written Report into a Blog Series

Replace a traditional report with a series of blog entries. Divide a topic into parts and then have each part equal a blog entry. Each entry should include a picture, video, facts, or links to topic related sites. For example, a blog series about an endangered specie could be divided into four entries. The first entry could include a picture with text that describes the appearance. The second entry could include a video that includes an explanation of the habitat. The third entry could include a list of the three most interesting facts about the animal, and the final entry could have links to sites related to the topic.

4. Science Fair Diary

Most science fair projects are done primarily at home. This can make it difficult for teachers to track progress. Have students write entries documenting their progress. Each entry is a few sentences that describe activities such as research, materials, findings, or report design. This diary allows teachers to offer helpful advice, pose thought-provoking questions, or offer encouragement throughout the project. It also helps students to maintain a regular workflow, be accountable for progress over the time period, and learn good time management skills.

blogging resources

5. Joint Serial Writing

Have your students engage in a joint short story writing activity. Divide your class into groups. Give each group a tag name. They must use this tag when they write each post. This will keep the story parts together. Now, assign a group member to write the beginning of the story. It must be between 3-6 sentences. The title should read Part 1 Story Name. The next group member reads the post, and then writes a new post that continues on the story. The title of that post is Part 2 Story Name. Each group member takes a turn, until the final writer must end the story. To read the story, readers must click on the tag name. Now all the story parts are displayed. Since they are in reverse chronological order, the reader needs to scroll to the bottom of the screen to read the first post. This idea works great if you want to blog but only have access to a few computers at the back of the classroom.

Use these creative ideas to have your students enjoy blogging.

6. Network with the Community

Extend the walls of the classroom. Invite community members to become guest commenters. They can post comments onto blogs about a unit of study. For example, if studying flight it would be great to have a local pilot or aviation group become guest commenters for a short time.

7. e-Pal

Connect with students from another country. Students can communicate with one another by writing posts and commenting. Teachers can specify the purpose of each exchange or allow students to select the content.

8. Digital Career Day

Have students interview their parents, family member, or other significant adult to learn about their career. Responses are recorded in a blog post. Fellow classmates then read about each other’s posts to learn about job opportunities. Further questions are posed using comments. Each interviewee is assigned a guest account so that they can read their post and respond to student questions.

9. Cooperative Bookmark Collection

Encourage students to share resources with one another. Write a teacher blog that includes a collection of Internet favorites. Now challenge students to find even more great sites. Students use the comment feature to post links to great resources.

10. Research Relay

Create a learning community, in which all participating students exchange ideas. In a research relay, each student is assigned a particular section of a topic. They research that section and then write a post to his or her blog. Now the information can be passed onto everyone. This gives students a way to gather information from one another for an assignment or project.

Students become bloggers.