Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 2009
Using Web 2.0 to Support Learning in the Social Studies Context: Our Journey from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and Beyond
Lori B. Holcomb
North Carolina State University
This paper represents an overview of our journey utilizing and integrating technology in the social studies context. We describe and explain our initial efforts that used Web 1.0 and then trace our development to our most recent project that incorporates and capitalizes on Web 2.0 technologies. We provide an in-depth look at the learning experiences we designed and developed using Web 2.0 technologies. In addition, the paper details how the use and integration of Web 2.0 tools allow students to engage in authentic, problem-based learning anchored in Russian history and culture. From static to fluid, our projects have demonstrated that social studies’ future, and the development of our students as global citizens, must be intertwined with technology.