Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

V. Robert Agostino (Duquesne University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-109-4.ch005
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Claude Shannon died in my hometown, Medford, Massachusetts, in February, 2001. Age 84, he apparently had Alzheimer’s disease. It is a great irony that the man most responsible for digital memory and information transmission ended his life not being able to remember. I am not sure why Claude Shannon was in my hometown at the end of his life; perhaps his long connection to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made him buy a house there, or maybe it was the Alzheimer’s care facility. When he died, his obituary was carried by a number of national newspapers and several Web sites. These obituaries all mentioned the same facts. Shannon was a genius, receiving dual bachelor degrees in 1936 in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Michigan. He also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in mathematics in 1940 from MIT. His master’s degree thesis, “A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits,” is regarded as the most important thesis ever written about the topic of information. Combined with his 1948 paper, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” Shannon revolutionized the way engineers thought about hardware, and how technologists today are reconceptualizing learning theory, software design, and electronic communications. It is that evolution of technological thought that has impacted social studies so directly.

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Chapter 1
Lawrence A. Tomei
Teaching with Technology Across the Curriculum is a book for teachers who wish to use technology as a tool to enhance the teaching–learning process.... Sample PDF
Introduction to Technology Across the Curriculum
Chapter 2
Claudia A. Balach
In the words of Malcolm X, “education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” One such passport... Sample PDF
Major Applications of Instructional Technology
Chapter 3
Barbara M. Manner
Technology, when properly used as an integral part of the curriculum and the instructional approach, can be a very effective tool for improving and... Sample PDF
Technology in the Science Classroom
Chapter 4
Robin J. Ittigson, John G. Zewe
According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, technology is essential in teaching and learning mathematics. It influences how... Sample PDF
Technology in the Mathematics Classroom
Chapter 5
V. Robert Agostino
Claude Shannon died in my hometown, Medford, Massachusetts, in February, 2001. Age 84, he apparently had Alzheimer’s disease. It is a great irony... Sample PDF
Technology in the Social Studies Classroom
Chapter 6
Derek Whordley
Technology is transforming how the language arts are taught. The language arts curriculum, designed and developed over the years, includes the... Sample PDF
Technology in the Language Arts Classroom
Chapter 7
William J. Switala
The world is shrinking every day. Television, the Internet, and jet travel have put people from all over the globe in closer contact than ever... Sample PDF
Technology in the Foreign Languages Classroom
Chapter 8
Marilyn J. Narey
This chapter of Teaching With Technology Across the Curriculum assists the educator in understanding the valuable role of art and technology in the... Sample PDF
Technology in the Fine Arts Classroom
Chapter 9
Lawrence A. Tomei
Technologies in the classroom are now the norm in schools equipped with multimedia, graphics and animation, access to the Internet, and handheld and... Sample PDF
Technology in the Technology Classroom
Chapter 10
Linda M. Lengyel
Computers and other technologies are powerful tools supporting students with disabilities. Students with visual impairments access written text... Sample PDF
Technologies for Students with Disabilities
Chapter 11
Linda C. Wojnar, Lawrence A. Tomei
In this chapter, the contributor offers three tools for creating technology-based instructional materials. Microsoft Word is the word processor of... Sample PDF
Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
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