Apps for Social Studies

Junior High & High School

Using iOs Applications students can access the following for mLearning in junior high or high school social studies class:

Dictionary.com

What is it?

This is an app that can work offline which is excellent for when Internet connectivity is down. Dictionary.com provides references for words from the website Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com.

How can it be used in a social studies classroom?

Everyday in a social studies classroom students are accessing news articles that contain new vocabulary. Having an app that all students can use for reference and word definitions can help them better understand what they are reading. This way their vocabulary can continue to grow beyond the elementary years.


Google Earth

What is it?

This app allows a user to circle the globe by swiping their finger across the touch screen of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. A new feature on Google Earth is the access to Street View option via Google Maps.

How can it be used in a social studies classroom?

This app allows students to circle the globe and visit different parts of the world that they may be learning about. Google Earth provides real-time earthquake maps and airplane trip maps, etc. Students can use it to explore the streets around the world.

Ted

What is it?

TED is an application that allows access to the variety of TED Talks given by a variety of excellent speakers on important topics.The apps is free and allows for specific topic searches.

How can it be used in a social studies classroom?

Students can use this app for research purposes and using the specific topic search find TED talks on what they are interested in. There are numerous topics on an huge variety of subjects. A social studies class can use this application for individual research projects, or as a whole class to learn a little bit more about the details of the medieval times, for example.

Canada 1812: Forged in Fire

What is it?

This app provides animated depictions of what took placed during the War of 1812. This app connects the past to the present by reflecting on the outcomes of the Battles and the impacts they had on shaping Canada and the United States.

How can it be used in a social studies classroom?

When a social studies teacher is teaching students about the War of 1812 using visuals can help student picture the events that took place. Moreover, the connections being made of the past and the present can help student learn why it is important that as Canadians they learn about the War of 1812. Finally, using this app allows students to connect the use of mobile devices to even the study of history.

CBC News

What is it?

This is an app that allows users to access news articles that are published by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) News. The app provides access to articles under different categories. For example, World, Business, Heath, Sports, Video, Audio, etc...

How can it be used in a social studies classroom?

Students in a social studies classroom are always learning about current events. CBC News allows access to Canadian published articles, pictures and videos. The app allows students to search for what articles they may be interested in or browse articles from one of the many categories.

How Canadian Are you, Eh?

What is it?

This is an app that asks 20 questions from a listed 120 on what it means to be Canadian and the skills you need to be Canadian.

How can it be used in a social studies classroom?

This is a fun way to integrate mlearning to your students. Students can take this test on their mobile devices and learn about how Canadian they are. They can also share and compare their results with their peers and interact with the teacher. Students can also take this test multiple times to ensure they are actually Canadian, Eh!

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