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Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies

You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. Teacher Dustin Harnish proves it. Dustin Harnish teaches seventh-grade social studies with Spheros, 3d printing, and engaging activities. But he uses far more than technology to engage students. Listen all the way to the end to learn how he ends his school year with a powerful bang! Let's engage kids and use edtech in social studies. We can reach kids!

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Dustin Harnish – Bio as Submitted

dustin Harnish social studies teacher who uses edtech and engagementDustin Harnish is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher for the Troy School District in Troy Michigan. His educational interest is to create a highly innovative classroom that maximizes student engagement.

Through thirteen years of teaching, he has had stops in the Chicagoland area and Southeast Michigan creating empathetic learning environments for all his students.

Twitter: @MrDustinHarnish



The reflection Dustin sees in the mirror is his statements of who he wants to be each day. Engaging edtech and learning in social studies starts with your “to be” statements. He sees them on his mirror each day!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Natalee Schwarte April 23, 2021 - 4:11 pm

I found this article helpful and a great way to include technology into the classroom especially when it comes to social studies. The social studies classrooms in my high school did not incorporate technology into the lessons and I think that if this idea was presented to my past high school teachers they may have done something different in the classroom to interact and incorporate technology,


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