Digital Social Studies

Edited by:
William B. Russell III, University of Central Florida

A volume in the series: Teaching and Learning Social Studies. Editor(s): William B. Russell, University of Central Florida.

Published 2013

The world is ever changing and the way students experience social studies should reflect the environment in which they live and learn. Digital Social Studies explores research, effective teaching strategies, and technologies for social studies practice in the digital age.

The digital age of education is more prominent than ever and it is an appropriate time to examine the blending of the digital age and the field of social studies. What is digital social studies? Why do we need it and what is its purpose? What will social studies look like in the future? The contributing authors of this volume seek to explain, through an array of ideas and visions, what digital social studies can/should look like, while providing research and rationales for why digital social studies is needed and important.

This volume includes twenty-two scholarly chapters discussing relevant topics of importance to digital social studies. The twenty-two chapters are divided into two sections. This stellar collection of writings includes contributions from leading scholars like Cheryl Mason Bolick, Michael Berson, Elizabeth Washington, Linda Bennett, and many more.

Digital Social Studies: An Introduction, William B. Russell III. SECTION I: PRACTICE AND PERSPECTIVE. Digital Visual Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom, Stewart Waters and William B. Russell III. K–12 Online Learning: The Next Frontier for Social Studies Education, Wayne Journell. Developing Multiple Literacies of Young Learners with Digital Primary Sources, Ilene Berson and Michael Berson. Digital Resources in the Social Studies Classroom for Students with Learning Disabilities, Timothy Lintner. Beyond the Poster: Harnessing Technology for Powerful Social Studies Instruction, Rena Shifflet and Deborah A. MacPhee. Digital Tools for the 21st Century Social Studies Classroom, Tina L. Heafner, Austin Troy Carter, and Jeff Natoli. Digital Storytelling in the Social Studies, Jeremiah Clabough, Dorothy Blanks, Jessica Horton, and Thomas N. Turner. Consumers and Producers in the Social Studies Classroom How Web 2.0 Technology Can Break the Cycle of “Teachers and Machines”, Scott Roberts and Brandon Butler. Wikis in Social Studies, Catherine Cabiness and Loretta Donovan. Gaming, Technology, and the Social Studies: An Alliance with Promise, Thomas N. Turner, William Cole, and Lance McConkey. Online Synchronous Discussions, Middle School Students and Mock UN Security Council Meeting, Joseph O’Brien, Tina M. Ellsworth, Thomas W. Barker, Nick Lawrence, Kori Green, and Brian Bechard. “Now We Can Get This Off the Ground and Rolling!” Using the Internet in a Youth Civic Engagement Project, Shira Eve Epstein. Exploring the Complexity of Music and the Utility of Digital Access to Understand the Past, Tina L. Heafner, Eric Groce, and Elizabeth Bellows. SECTION II: RESEARCH. Social Media as a Catalyst for Convergence Culture: Immersing Pre-service Social Studies Teachers in the Social Media Terrain, Daniel G. Krutka. Mashing Socrates and Zuckerberg: Discussing Social Issues with Social Technologies, Emma Kiziah Humphries and Elizabeth Yeager Washington. Talking and listening across difference: Teaching Democratic Citizenship in Online Discussion Spaces, Andrew L. Hostetler, Alicia R. Crowe, and Bryan Ashkettle. New Horizons in Civics Education: Learning through Digital Gaming, Karon LeCompte and Brooke Blevins. A Content Analysis of Social Studies Journals for the Infusion of Technology, Linda Bennett. United States Government Websites for Children: How Useful Are They for Content Instruction? Beverly Milner (Lee) Bisland. To Be or Not To Be... Digital: A Critical Examination of Seven Digital History Textbooks for Social Studies Educators, Cheryl Mason Bolick, Jamie Lathan, Trey Adcock, and Jonathan Bartels. Emotional Evocation and Desktop Documentary Making: Secondary Students’ Motivations while Composing Historical Documentaries, James E. Schul. Contributors.