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Technology can be utilized to flatten the walls of our classrooms and allow our
students the chance to connect with other students around the world.


Making connections with other teachers through social networking on Twitter has opened my eyes
to the wonderful projects that could take place in our classroom. In the past students could connect with
other students through pen pal writing but today we can put a 21st century spin on this idea by making online
connections. Forums such as Epals, Elanguages and The Flat Stanley Project make it possible to collaborate with children
around the world.

Some practical ways of integrating technology with Social studies:

Google Earth - students can investigate continents, countries, cities, etc. They can take a "drive" down
their very own street. For ways to use Google earth in the classroom check out Ask a Tech Teacher

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This lesson was done using the camera tool in Notebook software. Students captured the image from Google Earth
then located the country's flag on Notebook picture gallery and added information about their chosen country.
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Learning about map and globe features - A smartboard resource: Mapping our world

Learning about Flags and creating your own - We are Multicolored

Interactive games to review the continents: Geospy - National Geographic Identifying continents

An online magazine: National Geographic for kids Learning about Countries around the World

Interactive puzzles: World Monuments Puzzle Continents Map puzzle

Want to learn about Egypt? Check out this site: Egypt

Teaching about children's rights? Check out Unicef for kids

Want to learn about Italy? Here is an online book: Italy for kids

Teaching about France can be more interesting with this Slideshare presentation: France

More interactive resources can be found on the Smarttech website