The main philosophies behind social study curricula are: critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. This technology proposal allows for increased communication and collaboration among students while providing more comprehensive and complete problem solving opportunities to develop critical thinking.
- All students should actively participate in a developmentally appropriate social studies curriculum.
- Problem solving, critical thinking, content-based literacy and collaborative learning are integral to social studies instruction.
- Students should use a variety of information resources, including technology, for the purpose of finding and presenting information.
- Students should critically evaluate sources, ideas, information, and trends.
- Students should develop an awareness and understanding of current events and contemporary issues.
- Students should learn the value of civic engagement.
- The social studies curriculum must include a multicultural perspective.
- The core social studies curriculum must be both guaranteed and viable.
Connection to Strategic Plan:
This proposal for social studies classrooms are closely connected to the Strategic Plan developed by NSSD112. The strategies:
5. We will develop a plan to unify our community by improving understanding of the benefits of its rich diversity and engaging it as a critical partner in the education of our children.
6. We will create a nurturing, learning environment that actively engage students’ creativity, critical thought and intellectual curiosity.
An additional benefit: Going "paperless"
The following photos demonstrate the amount of paper (not including that used for tests or handouts, which numbers in the thousands of pages per year) used in one 6th grade social studies classroom in one school year. This proposal will help the district continue upon their path of embracing more environmentally friendly practices.
Project Details: iPad Centers-