This unit connects learning with technology to Social Studies. This is perfect for technology class or for use in a Social Studies or History classroom that wants to incorporate technology with a lesson. No download is required to use Tiki-Toki (www.tiki-toki.com) - a free product, making it easy for teachers who are not able to download software on classroom computers to still give their students a choice in learning.
In this lesson, students are provided with a quick tutorial, as well as links to other resources to help them with their project. The tutorial is intended to help students get started with the program and then use the resources within the program to refine their creations. Students create a timeline about the evolution of railroads after researching them. They use that information along with graphics, pictures and backgrounds from the Internet and also supplied in Tiki-Toki, to create a finished presentation that explains the history of railroads and how they evolved, and add their own opinions and insights to the project.
This is an excellent creative project to add to a unit on railroads, the Industrial Revolution, or other social studies lessons on the growth and development of the United States. The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be used with upper elementary or high school students.
Files Included with this Lesson
• Teacher & Student Notes and Resources
• Student Project Expectations and Grading Rubric
• Getting Started Tutorial for Tiki-Toki