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Become the Historical Storyteller: Using Edtech Tools

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Brooke Conklin  
Justin Thomas  

Social studies has been labeled as a boring and unrelatable subject, but the truth is that it is the most relatable subject to our students! Take a dive into the edtech tools that bring history alive through storytelling and discovery of self.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Reimagining learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

One of the most important aspects of our existence is our past. Who we are and where we come from are fundamental elements of the human race and can paint a picture of who someone is and why something has become the way it is today.

However, despite painting the picture of someone’s story, history has long been labeled as simply dates and facts. This poor reputation has led students to believe history is boring and constantly question why they must learn it.

The problem is that students are seeing history as a mundane boring subject that is unrelatable. The issue is that history actually might be the most relatable core subject!

In this presentation, teachers will learn how to use educational technology tools to help bring history alive as a relevant subject matter for all students. By reexamining how we teach history, we can help students make connections to the past and engage in self discovery. With the right edtech tools, you can allow your students to become the historical storyteller and truly illustrate how history has impacted all of us in today’s world.

This session will focus on using the following edtech tools: Google Expeditions, Flipgrid, CityProjectX, Google Earth Tour Creator.


Introduction (10 mins): History through history - how it has been taught through our changing world - problems of decreasing relevancy and lack of engagement. Decreasing importance for social studies as the emphasis for math and language arts increases.

Presenter (20 mins): Lesson Redesign! Model taking a teacher centered history lesson and redesigning it to incorporate multiple perspectives with student centered learning and assessment. Featuring Google Expeditions and Flipgrid.

EdTech (30 mins): Showcase other edtech tools that can engage students in a personalized learning and challenge educators to take a teacher centered lesson and redesign it to become student centered with the displayed tools.

Supporting research

Elementary Social Studies: Constructing a Powerful Approach to Teaching and Learning
S.G. Grant, Bruce A. VanSledright

"The Other Side" of the Story: Designing Multiple Perspective Inquiries
Charlene Cornwell

The primacy of relation: Social studies teachers and the praxis of critical pedagogy
Kevin Russel Magill

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