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Leveraging Technology to Support Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning in Social Studies and ELA

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Jeff Giddens  
Dr. Cathy Powell  

Join this interactive session to see how technology can promote students’ learning outcomes by fostering historical thinking and literary analysis through a novel study project. This session, which supports interdisciplinary teaching in social studies and ELA, will feature exemplars and opportunities to create with digital tools and engage in digital citizenship.

Audience: Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Internet access
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Citizen
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
Collaborator
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to explore how the use of digital tools can underscore deep, purposeful learning as exemplars illustrate how students created their own knowledge by developing their own images that allowed them to make relevant, real-world connections to historical and literary texts. Such instruction and assessment promote technology as a tool that not only engages students but also promotes creativity and critical thinking through collaborative teams while providing safe, legal, and ethical guidelines for students as digital citizens.

Outline

One Hour - Participate and Share (Interactive Lecture)
* 25 Minutes - Explain and demonstrate the design of the authentic learning activity (novel study) that used content standards in Social Studies and English language arts for impactful learning that also used digital tools to enhance the interdisciplinary project-based learning for Social Studies -ELA (ISTE Standard); This section will also include peer-to-peer discussion and device-based activities.
*25 Minutes - Explain and demonstrate how the use of digital tools promoted students engaging in safe, ethical, legal practices that also promoted intellectual rights/property- This includes demonstrating how to use Wikimedia Commons and Pixlar (ISTE Standard). This section will also include peer-to-peer interaction and device-based activities.
* 10 minutes - Explain how the two presenters planned for and collaborated as colleagues to create authentic learning experiences for students that utilized technology (ISTE Standard). This section will also include peer-to-peer discussion.

Supporting research

1. Carol Ann Tomlinson's model of differentiated instruction - Book - The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition
2. ISTE Standards for Educators https://www.iste.org/standards/for-educators
3. Project-based learning website http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/feb08/vol65/num05/Project-Based_Learning.aspx

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Presenters

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Jeff Giddens, Bulloch County Schools
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Dr. Cathy Powell, Southeast Bulloch High School

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