HSIE Faculty

ICT and Digital Citizenship Learning Continuum – Complete document

ICT and Digital Citizenship Continuum – Faculty Breakdown

Integrating ICT Capability in HSIE from BOSTES –

Students develop ICT competence as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating ideas and information at school, at home, at work and in their communities. Competence in ICT is most evident in historical skills associated with locating, processing and communicating historical information. This includes the use of information technologies to access a growing range of digitised online materials; spreadsheets and databases for analysing evidence and historical trends; digital technologies to create, publish and present their learning; communication technologies, for example wikis and blogs, to enhance students’ analytical thinking capabilities in their study of history and online forums and videoconferencing to discuss and debate ideas.


5 Ways to Get Ahead With Inquiry-Based Social Studies – By Michael Kuenlen, October 2016

Design Thinking in the History Classroom – All about how design thinking can work in the history classroom, August 2016

50 DIY Projects for Teaching Social Studies – American but can give you some ideas

Teaching History with Technology website – American but can give you some ideas

HSIE K-6 on Scoopit.com – Labelled K to 6 but ideas can be adapted for older students also

Stage 4 Computational Thinking Activities for HSIE

In Stage 4, students are encouraged to become more sophisticated in their use of computational thinking skills in all learning areas. They can create online stories and games, programs and models. Students can use electronics and robotic technology to create mechanisms and develop mini-computers. They learn how to best use everyday sites such as Google Maps and spreadsheets. Students learn about online safety.

Students could:

  • create physical objects to present in a museum exhibition on a topic they are studying – sites such as Make have projects for building objects
  • program games to teach a period in history
  • create online historical exhibitions using web creation sites such as Wix and Weebly or software such as Adobe Dreamweaver
  • conduct a video conference with schools from other countries in order to encourage empathetic understanding – use Skype, Google Hangouts or similar
  • explore different apps specific to content – iTunes has apps such as Virtual History – Roma, The Pyramids, BBC History and Back in Time
  • create timelines using spreadsheets or online timeline creators such as Knight Lab Timeline or Read Write Think.
  • use quadcopters to video local areas, then analyse data using Google Maps – take into account privacy and other considerations
  • create interactive tours of the school as part of their learning about local communities
  • use Google Cardboard and Unity to create interactive walkthroughs of places
    analyse results from their fieldwork investigation using graphs and formulas in Google Spreadsheets or Microsoft Excel
  • redesign spaces within the school to be more ecologically sustainable using SketchUp
  • use carbon calculators to calculate the effect that different practices have on the environment – view websites such as CarbonStory for calculators and information
  • create games and apps using Unity or MIT App Inventor to change perceptions about sustainability and the debate about the changing climate.