Bringing Social Studies Alive in the Classroom

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Enhance Student Learning with Engaging Social Studies Curriculum

This course offers methods for making social studies “alive” to students through the use of engaging and effective student-centered activities and projects, with technology as a major component. Combining technology and classroom resources, participants will receive step-by-step directions for creating and using the proposed activities and creating templates to be used in future activities, as well as being provided with supplementary technology resources that can be used in later lessons. Activities can be applied to social studies topics at almost any grade level and should fit seamlessly into the curriculum, as their value in encouraging and motivating learning is evidenced.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those that teach or will teach social studies, especially in the elementary and middle school setting.

Course Materials:  No textbook required.  Access to the Internet and several common computer programs (Windows' Word & Excel; Mac's Pages & Numbers) for completion of projects is required.  Optional supplementary activities would make use of video equipment, however, not required.

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X748Q – 005 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307

Bringing Social Studies Alive in the Classroom

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Mary Hetter

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What You Will Learn

  • Define how students’ active involvement in social studies motivates learning and creates a better understanding of the subject matter
  • Explore technology resources to create social studies activities
  • Develop activities to fit the social studies classroom
  • Create a detailed lesson plan for at least one social studies activity

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How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into three or seven learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
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Testimonials

The assignments will be applied to my teaching right away! They end products of each module will be great examples/lessons in my own classroom!

The course gave several suggestions and ideas for hands-on ideas to use in the classroom.