Thursday, March 24
4:15-4:45 PM
Scarbrough 3

The Sleeping Giant Awakens? Two Cases in Geospatial Tools Re-Shaping Curricular Content in Elementary Social Studies

Full Paper ID: 48248
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    Thomas Hammond
    Lehigh University
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    Julie Oltman
    Lehigh University

Abstract: The literature on technology integration on social studies education is extensive but has largely observed adoption without any resulting impact on the curriculum. One family of technologies that holds particular promise for not just adoption but curricular transformation is geospatial tools. The researchers have had the opportunity to work with two dyads of elementary social studies teachers to integrate geospatial tools (spatially-referenced augmented reality and Google Earth) into existing instruction. Following this first implementation, the teachers have expressed a desire to revise their curriculum to make better use of these geospatial tools and their associated pedagogies. The resulting case studies provide an opportunity to observe the transformative impact that geospatial tools can have upon the social studies curriculum, as well as a detailed examination of four elementary teachers' social studies TPACK.

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