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Guidelines for Using Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

Social Studies Volume 96, Number 1, ISSN 0037-7996


When social studies teachers walk into their classrooms, they are expected to be model citizens, showing respect and exemplifying responsibility, fairness, honesty, and compassion. Furthermore, it is also their responsibility to create a safe Internet environment in which technology enhances learning (Berson, Berson, and Ralston 1999). Thus, they must endeavor to guide their students to demonstrate civic competencies when using technology. To develop technology users who are civically competent in the social studies classroom, the author suggests that teachers look to the five performance indicators devised by the National Education Technology Standards (NETS). The indicators are intended as a guide when considering the ethical, legal, and social issues related to technology and are meant to promote responsible use of technology in the classroom. The indicators are the following: (1) Model and teach legal and ethical practices related to technology use; (2) Apply technology resources to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities; (3) Identify and use technology resources that affirm diversity; (4) Promote safe and healthy use of technology resources; and (5) Facilitate equitable access to technology resources for all students. (International Society for Technology in Education) In this article, the author explains the performance indicators for the use of technology in the social studies classroom to help teachers put the principles into practice. She also give examples of rules and resources for how individuals in social studies classrooms can be model citizens when using technology.


Bennett, L. (2005). Guidelines for Using Technology in the Social Studies Classroom. Social Studies, 96(1),. Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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