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The Role of Photoblogs in Social Studies Classroom: Learning About the People of the Civil War

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CITE Journal Volume 17, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


Using the of Humans of New York photoblog concept, the exemplar lesson plan described in this article incorporated technology and the replacement, amplification, and transformation framework to modify a traditional social studies lesson on the American Civil War into an engaging and inquiry-based lesson.  Students researched individuals who lived during the American Civil War and created their own digital storyboard of Humans of the Civil War.  This lesson idea uses available technology to engage students in more meaningful instruction that goes beyond lectures.  Doing so allows teachers to transform their lessons using technology in authentic ways that help students become more active agents in their learning.  This lesson requires students to make strategic decisions about what is important to know about historical figures and how best to tell their story while also learning about the war.


Barrow, E., Anderson, J. & Horner, M. (2017). The Role of Photoblogs in Social Studies Classroom: Learning About the People of the Civil War. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 17(4), 504-521. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved March 22, 2019 from .

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