Course Description

Enhance Student Learning with Engaging Social Studies Curriculum

This course offers methods for making social studies “alive” to students through the use of engaging and effective student-centered activities and projects, with technology as a major component. Combining technology and classroom resources, participants will receive step-by-step directions for creating and using the proposed activities and creating templates to be used in future activities, as well as being provided with supplementary technology resources that can be used in later lessons. Activities can be applied to social studies topics at almost any grade level and should fit seamlessly into the curriculum, as their value in encouraging and motivating learning is evidenced.

Learner Outcomes

  • Define how students’ active involvement in social studies motivates learning and creates a better understanding of the subject matter
  • Explore technology resources to create social studies activities
  • Develop activities to fit the social studies classroom
  • Create a detailed lesson plan for at least one social studies activity

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those that teach or will teach social studies, especially in the elementary and middle school setting.

Course Materials:  No textbook required.  Access to the Internet and several common computer programs (Windows' Word & Excel; Mac's Pages & Numbers) for completion of projects is required.  Optional supplementary activities would make use of video equipment, however, not required.

Technical Requirements


"The assignments will be applied to my teaching right away! The end products of each module will be great examples/lessons in my own classroom!" -- Liane Roberts, Educator, Stockton, CA
"The course gave several suggestions and ideas for hands-on ideas to use in the classroom." -- Kathryn Huffman, Educator, DoDEA
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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $317 credit (2 units) $317.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
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