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Members of the social studies and educational technology teams at the
Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education have developed a case
study to be used in social studies methods courses. The web-based case
provides realistic problems faced by classroom teachers in an easily
accessed environment. The purpose of this case study is to engage preservice
teachers to think about some of the possibilities of technology-based
instruction in their future social studies classrooms.
The scenarios presented here provide a glimpse into the life of a social
studies classroom teacher. A number of authentic, complex issues relate
to student research and instructional technology. Identification and
informed examination of these issues calls upon the preservice teacher
to not only reflect on the described teaching methods, but also to hypothesize
alternative instructional strategies.
Although Social Studies methods teachers and preservice social studies
students benefit from case studies, this case has been used in introductory
computer courses for preservice teachers with various disciplines. The
case requires thoughtful discussions that propose solutions to the issues
presented in each scene. The issues are current, relevant, and timely
in today's educational climate.
Social Studies Meets Technology:
Reflections of a First Year Teacher
First-year teacher Julia designs a unit that will introduce her students
to the Bill of Rights. She attempts to implement what she learned in
her methods courses and encourages them to use technology to investigate
the continuing significance of these essential freedoms.