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Teaching the Past Digitally to Reach Diverse Learners

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 6
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Poster

Angela Lee  
Amber Brown  

Creativity and innovation are two things educators need to incorporate into social studies. In this session, participants will find ways to use technology to teach history while still addressing historical thinking skills and content standards. Additionally, participants will learn how to use technology to support the needs of all students.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Have a camera app with a QR reader to scan for resources. The majority of our documents and resources are in the G Suite for Education format.
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: Social studies, Special education
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:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Related exhibitors:
Canva for Education

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The presentation will focus on four areas and practical ideas that teachers can implement in their classrooms:

1. Participants will be able to use Google docs, forms, & drawings to streamline instruction and make document analysis more interactive and engaging through digital annotation.
2. Participants will be able to use websites and apps that pair well with social studies content to make learning more engaging and accessible for all learners.
3. Participants will be able to use technology to give students opportunities to express their understanding through creativity.
4. Participants will be able to use technology to support the needs of diverse learners using various Google Chrome extensions like Read and Write and Beeline Reader to make texts more accessible for students.

Supporting research

UDL Guidelines -

Bold School by Weston Kieschnick

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

Visible Learning for Literacy by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

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Angela Lee, Caneview K-8
ISTE Certified Educator

Angela is a middle school ELA and special education teacher in West Baton Rouge Parish. She has worked with students in grades 4-8. One of her goals is to help students with disabilities become more independent in their learning by using digital tools to support their diverse needs. In her spare time, Angela volunteers with multiple military family organizations to support military families. She was voted Louisiana National Guard Military Spouse of the Year in 2018 & 2019. She has received multiple Presidential Service Awards and the Engineer Essayon Award for her dedication to military families.

Amber Brown, Caneview K-8, West Baton Rouge Parish

Amber Brown teaches 6th-8th social studies in West Baton Rouge Parish. She has taught for 15 years. In addition to teaching social studies, she is the Louisiana Council for the Social for the Social Studies Vice President.

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