BETH BEDEE 
TOSA for Social Studies K-12 
Office: 352.726.1931 ext. 2490 
bedees@citrus.k12.fl.us
iPad Apps
A collection of some of the best apps for Social Studies
CIVICS

Congress Creates the Bill of Rights
was created by the National Archives and situates the user in the proposals, debates, and revisions in Congress that shaped the Bill of Rights. Its menu-based organization presents a historic overview, a detailed study of the evolving language of each proposed amendment as it was shaped in the House and Senate, a close-up look at essential documents, and opportunities for participation and reflection designed for individual or collaborative exploration. Also available in ebook format. The National Archives provides lesson plans as well. (7-12) 

Congressional Moments explores key legislation that still impacts our lives today, including child labor, civil rights, the SEC, the National Park Service, the Marshall Plan and women's suffrage. Learn about the difference between primary and secondary sources by taking the interactive quiz. Look closely in the gallery at a wide range of photographs and images ordered by topic and type and learn how to look at primary sources with a critical eye. (6-12) 
 
Constitution and Federalist Papers is the best way to learn about the Constitution of the United States. Not only does this app contain the full text of the Constitution, the product also provides an explanation for each and every clause, as well as commentary on each of the amendments. The complete text of all 85 of the Federalist papers is also included. In addition, this app contains the complete text of James Madison's Journal of the Constitutional Convention. (3-12) 

Drafting Board is an interactive, online essay builder that helps you guide students through the process of producing a clear and polished argumentative essay. Drafting Board offers scaffolded instruction for argumentative writing. It is a multi-day intervention that gives teachers the tools to support students as they learn to write evidence-based arguments. (4-12)

iCitizen lets you keep track of political issues (elections, women rights, the economy, and more) that matter to you and voice your opinions and thoughts directly to your elected officials. Who won the latest election? Keep track of Republican, Democrat, and Independent agendas. What are the new proposed ballot initiatives? Who are your elected representatives and how do they vote on issues you care about? iCitizen is here to keep you educated and engaged with American politics at every level of government. (6-12) 
 
MyCongress is a portal to detailed information about your elected U.S. Congressional officials. Track their news, video and Twitter feeds. Look up their official Open Congress profile or contact them directly. MyCongress helps you get in touch with your government. (5-12)  

Pocket Law Firm allows students to practice their Constitutional law skills. Decide if potential clients have a right, match them with the right lawyer, and win the case. The more clients you serve and the more cases you win, the faster your law firm grows! This is the most popular game ever made by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics program. (7-12) 

GEOGRAPHY
 
50 State Information provides the capitals, population, area, GDP, elevation, and symbols of every state in the US. View quick facts about each state or look at the detailed facts if you want more information. State seals and flags are provided too! (3-12) 

GeoChallenge lets students explore the globe by region in two different settings: political and physical. It also offers interactive puzzles, quizzes, and flash card games. (K-4) 
 
Google Earth allows students to fly around the planet with a swipe of a finger. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level. (K-12) 

Kids Planet Discovery allows students to explore 100 different world cultures. Includes cultures, animals, music, dresses, geography and more. (K-3) 

World Travel Atlas is a fully interactive world map with easy-to-use filters. Practice map skills ranging from geography to economy. Study the climate a particular region and learn about the history of a location. (3-12)
HISTORY 

American Revolution
Interactive Timeline offers images, videos , and information through an interactive timeline showcasing artwork, weapons, clothing, objects, and manuscripts to provide an overview of key milestones of the American Revolution. (3-8) 


Early Jamestown is an interactive textbook exploration of the early days of the Jamestown settlement. Embedded videos chronicle the beginnings of the Jamestown Settlement, the first permanent English colony in North America. (5-8) 

European Exploration: The Age of Discovery puts students in charge of exploring the "New World." In the game, students are in charge of selecting explorers and ships to send out to the New World. Students have to manage the finances of their expeditions so that they don't run out of money and draw expedition maps so they can return home safely. This also provides students with historical information about the explorers. (5-8) 

National Archives DocsTeach engages students in activities that will help them make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives. Choose an historical topic and challenging activity. Or, create a free account on the DocsTeach.org web site to create classrooms full of activities, then share the classroom’s auto generated code with your students. (5-12)
 
This Day in History is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches. (3-12) 

Today's Document explores American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives. Today's Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year. (3-12) 
 
Westward Expansion features interactive maps, scrollable timelines, historical figures & events, and review questions. Students can explore the westward expansion of United States history in the 1800s: 
1. Journey on the Lewis & Clark expedition 
2. Match territories acquired by the U.S. 
3. Learn about the causes and effects of the westward expansion (3-8)
FINANCIAL LITERACY 
 
Financial Football tests your money management skills by answering financial questions. Correct answers will allow you to move down the field and score touchdowns. The NFL and Practical Money Skills for Life have teamed up to create this engaging, interactive game, designed to improve financial literacy. (4-12) 

Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential learning program to teach youth how to start, own and operate their own business through a lemonade stand. It is a great way for parents and kids to experience the 14 steps to starting and running your own business. (K-5) 

 
GENERAL
 
BrainPOP offers a multitude of short Social Studies animated videos aimed at catching students' interests. BrainPOP Jr. is available for lower elementary. (K-8) 

News-O-Matic covers relevant news of the day in an engaging way, exploring images, maps, videos, and games. It offers a window to the world and beyond helping readers become global citizens! (K-5) 

Show of Hands is an easy-to-use real-time ANONYMOUS polling application. Poll topics include politics, ethics, pop-culture, sports, parenting, health, and humor. (5-12) 
 
Social Studies Friendzy introduces lessons in varying levels of expertise. Students play alone, with friends, or with other kids around the world. Parents can view their child’s Social Studies scores as well as the time they've spent playing. (1-8)