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Every Story Matters: Social Studies Resources

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Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–5:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Chelsee Wilson  
Lindsay Williams  

Explore free and paid interactive resources that can be used in the social studies classroom. Resources will include websites, activities and apps such as Herstory, Freedom Stories, animated Atlantic slave trade simulations and Makey Makey activities.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Herstory
Freedom Stories
Google Chrome
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will explore and analyze interactive social studies resources, including Herstory, Freedom Stories, and Atlantic Slave Trade simulations, for use in the classroom.

Participants will experience interactive social studies activities using instructional technology, such as MaKey MaKey.

Using Herstory and Freedom Stories iPad applications, participants will be able to explore the stories of women and slaves who are frequently overlooked in history textbooks. Viewing the online interactive Atlantic Slave Trade simulation by Slate will allow participants to construct a deeper understanding of the slave trade and its impact on the indigenous populations of Africa. Making literal connections in an interactive map with MaKey MaKey will also allow participants to test their knowledge of immigration and American immigration patterns in an engaging, yet non-confrontational way.


- Presenter Introductions
- Brief Presentation Summary
- Herstory
- Freedom Stories
- simulations
- MapMaker Interactive
- MaKey MaKey activities

Supporting research

Friedman, A. M., & Garcia, E. R. (2013). “People with Real Experiences:”Using Mobile Devices in High School Social Studies. Social Studies Research & Practice, 8(3).

Ward, N. D., Finley, R. J., Keil, R. G., & Clay, T. G. (2013). Benefits and limitations of iPads in the high school science classroom and a trophic cascade lesson plan. Journal of Geoscience Education, 61(4), 378-384.

Miller, L. (Ed.) (2015). Sooner citizen (3rd edition). Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, Freshman Programs.

Pope, C., & Golub, J. (2000). Preparing tomorrow’s English language
arts teachers today: Principles and practices for infusing technology.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 1(1), 89-97.

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Chelsee Wilson, Moore Public Schools

Chelsee Wilson is the English/Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the GEAR UP for the FUTURE grant at the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to working as a Curriculum Specialist, she worked as a Field Technology Specialist and a Curriculum Writer. Before joining the staff at K20, she taught English and social studies at Westmoore High School in southwest Oklahoma City. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma.

Lindsay Williams, University of Oklahoma K20 Center

Lindsay Williams is the Lead Professional Development Coordinator for GEAR UP for the FUTURE at the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center. She previously worked as a GEAR UP Site Facilitator at Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High in Oklahoma City and was a social studies teacher and department chair at Northeast Academy in the same district for six years. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma.

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