Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Welcome to my Social Studies Blog


Welcome to my Social Studies blog!  
My name is Michelle and I am a graduate student in the Literacy Education Program at Syracuse University. For the last year, I have spent a great deal of time in Huntington Hall learning about Literacy Instruction. This semester, I enrolled in a course called Perspectives on Literacy and Technology. Throughout the semester, we have looked at the relationship between Literacy and Technology in today's schools. Technology is transforming the way we live, as well as the way we teach. Studying technology in education is extremely important because the field is going through a continuous change because of the increasing use of technology worldwide.

      Huntington Hall, Syracuse University

Using technology in the classroom provides students with the opportunity for communication and collaboration as it enhances the curriculum and expands classroom walls. Certain Web 2.0 tools give students the forum they need to publish their own work.
With this said, a component I would like to address with this blog is Digital Storytelling. In the next few posts, I will include lessons I wrote teaching students how to use digital storytelling in the Social Studies classroom. Furthermore, this blog addresses a number of social justice topics that are explored through my lesson plans.
I hope you continue to follow my blog as I address the importance of including literacy and technology in the Social Studies classroom.
* This website provides access to a number of useful Web 2.0 Tools: http://www.go2web20.net/