Enrich Social Studies Exit Projects with Technology - Grade 8 Sample Unit

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Enrich Social Studies Exit Project with Technology

Grade 8 Sample Unit


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Content Outline



Digital Social Studies Exit Project Samples

Class Components

Session 1 – Overview of the 8th Grade Social Studies Exit Project

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn the components of the Grade 8 Exit Project and how to utilize the “Grade 8 Exit Project Instructional Guide” to guide our students through the Exit Project process.
  • Technology Teaching Points: Participants will explore the ways in which can technology be integrated into the framework of the exit project. Participants will review available Exit Project resources found on the web.





Resources:
PDF Download: Grade 8 Exit Project Instructional Guide
Sample Student Exit Project
PDF Download:
Exit Project Resources (from the Guide): Rubrics for Written, Graphic, and Oral components, plus Project Timeline and Checklist.


Session 2 – Selecting a Topic and Research Question Using Inspiration

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use Inspiration to brainstorm a research question.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use Inspiration to organize the research process for the Exit Project.





Resources:
Sample Web Inspiration:
Sample Web WORD:
Sample Web RTF:
PDF Download: Grade 8 Exit Project Instructional Guide



Session 3 - Using TrackStar for Exit Project Research

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how TrackStar can be customized by the teacher to help students focus on select Web sites for their Exit Project research.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn what TrackStar is and why is it an important resource for student research.





Resources:


TrackStar
Track # 305538: 8th Grade Exit Project-The Civil Rights Movement



Session 4Independent Research Strategies for the Exit Project

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn ways in which you can use research topic/question to effectively search the Internet for information and how to evaluate whether or not the information found is accurate.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to cite Internet sources correctly.





Resources:
Cyberbee
Citation Machine

Session 5 – Creating a Classroom Blog

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: Participants will learn what a blog is and will be introduced to the process of creating a teacher blog for this project. Participants will post general information about their Exit Project.
  • Technology Teaching Points: Participants will create a blog and use it to post project information and research questions for the exit project.





Resources:

Sample Civil Rights Movement Blog - Exit Project Blog


Session 6 – Using Blogs to Foster Critical Thinking

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use a blog to foster critical thinking.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to add social studies content to a blog.





Resources:
Sample Civil Rights Movement Blog - Exit Project Blog
Edublogs
FreeVlog Tutorial

Session 7 – Creating Student Blogs and Using Bloglines to Manage Them

Author(s): NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: Participants will be introduced to Bloglines, an online website that organizes blog postings. Participants will learn how Bloglines can serve as an informal way to collect posts from student-created blogs, thus creating an informal electronic portfolio to accompany the Exit Project.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to we set up student blogs for use as electronic portfolios and how to manage students’ blogs/electronic portfolios.





Resources:



Sample Civil Rights Movement Blog - Exit Project Blog
Blogger
Bloglines

Session 8 – Bridging to the Classroom

Author(s) NYC Department of Education and Teaching Matters
  • Content Teaching Points: Participants will explore strategies for preparing a model exit project using the skills and resources introduced in Sessions 1-7.
  • Technology Teaching Points: Participants will review the use of TrackStar, Inspiration, blog-related websites, and the Internet and apply those skills to the exit project.





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Facilitator Notes:
You are encouraged to customize the materials to your teaching style.
Please add your own contact information in the last slide of your PowerPoints before presenting.