The relative advantage of using technology in different content areas is that it provides us with an opportunity to include and use tools that we otherwise would not be able to utilize. In my current content area technology was used to bring social studies and mathematics together using primary sources. According to The Library of Congress, “Primary sources provide a window into the past – unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific, and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period (“Why Use Primary Sources?,” n.d.).” For this project I had a difficult time finding an impactful way to incorporate primary sources into my content area of mathematics. There are so many amazing primary resources available and I wanted to be able to tie the primary sources to social studies content that we are or will be working on in the future in addition to making the math connection. Many of the resources I have found unfortunately are intended for middle and high school grades. I need to find ways to take those resources and modify them for elementary classes. “Primary resources help students develop knowledge, skills, and analytic abilities (Heitin, 2015).” These are important skills that students need to learn, and use of primary resources is just one way to accomplish it.
Heitin, L. (2015, September 9). Researchers Test Out Primary Sources for Math Class – Education Week. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/09/09/researchers-test-out-primary-sources-for-math.html
Why Use Primary Sources? | Teacher Resources – Library of Congress. (n.d.). [webpage]. Retrieved April 3, 2017, from http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/whyuse.html