Social Studies

Best apps for teaching social studies

The Social Studies category contains review of the best apps for social studies teachers. These apps provide information about historical people, events, and places using encyclopedias, timelines, and maps. Within each app review, teachers are provided a detailed description of the app, a comprehensive evaluation of the app, and three or more instructional ideas for how to use the app.

High5Wizard – AP & College Course Exam Prep

Freemium High5Wizard (App Store and Google Play) is designed to prepare users for Advanced Placement and College courses. At its core, the app offers different types of tests across a range of subject areas, including English Language, US History, Government & Politics, Psychology, World History, Statistics, Calculus AB, Biology, Human Geography, and Environmental Science. To use the app, users must ...

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Finn Goes Online – An App for Digital Literacy

$2.99! Finn Goes Online offers a “choose-your-own-adventure” style narrative that is designed to teach young users about being safe online, with a particular focus on data privacy, cyberbullying, and password security. The narrative opens with Finn being in outer space, and his space shuttle crashes on earth. Using his parachute, Finn is able to safely land in a major city, ...

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RecordCast

Free RecordCast provides users with a tool for recording and editing videos, and it does not require any download or subscription. To begin, users will need to launch the RecordCast website, and they choose the “Start Recording” option to create a new video or the “Try Video Editor” if they already have a video and wish to edit it. This ...

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Google Meet – A Tool for Digital Collaboration

Freemium Google Meet provides users a video-conferencing tool that they can use to connect with other users. To access the tool, users must have a Google profile. To begin, users will need to go to the Google Meet website and then click the “Start a Meeting” button. Next, they will need to sign into their Google account. Once signed in, ...

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Parlay Ideas

Parlay Ideas: The Future of Class Discussions!

Paid! Parlay Ideas is a platform that allows teacher users to either create or select multimedia discussion prompts for their student users to engage. To begin, teacher users must launch and then register with the site. Once registered, teacher users will be presented with three options on the left side of the screen that include: New Roundtable, Browse Universe, and ...

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GroupMap: Collaborative Brainstorming & Problem Solving

Paid! GroupMap is a flexible tool for creating collaborative charts, graphic organizers, figures, mindmaps, and more! This tool is ideal for users who wish to visually represent collaborative thinking about a topic with other users. To utilize Groupmap, users will first need to log in using their credentials. They will then be taken to their home screen, which is a ...

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Diigo: A Tool for All Classrooms

  Freemium!   Diigo is a Google Chrome Extension that allows users to save, annotate, notate, and share articles. To begin, users must install the Diigo extension to their Chrome browser. Next, the Diigo logo appears on the top right of Chrome menu, and users can access Diigo by clicking its logo. To begin using Diigo, users should navigate to ...

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VoiceThread: A Tool for Creating Narrated Presentations

  Freemium!   VoiceThread is a web-based platform that allows users to import files to create online presentations that includes options for adding comments using text and video. VoiceThread also includes a searchable library of presentations made by other VoiceThread users. To begin, users must register with VoiceThread and confirm their email. Next, they will be able to access their ...

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CleverPDF: Start Converting Your PDFs Today!

Free! CleverPDF is a file conversion tool that allows users to convert and modify PDF documents and other file types for free. To begin, users must launch the website and choose a type of conversion (e.g., PDF to Word, PDF to Excel, PDF to PPTX, Word to PDF, Excel to PDF, etc.) or modification (e.g., reorder pages in a PDF, ...

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TurboWords Spelling

    TurboWords is designed to support users in learning how to spell words. After launching the app, it loads the home screen. Users can tap the “+” button on the top right of the screen to add a name and image to the roster on the home screen. Once added, users can tap a name, and a new screen ...

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