Using the Cloud to Personalize the Social Studies Classroom


July 12-13, 2015


The Institutes will be held at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe:
Gran Meliá Don Pepe
Calle de José Meliá, s/n |
29602 Marbella
902 14 44 40

Institute Facilitator

halla_profileDr. Ken Halla, a US national board certified teacher, has taught high school social studies since 1991, during which time he has taught virtually the entire catalog of offerings.  He is a long time department chair and former Advanced Placement Coordinator. Not limited to brick and mortar teaching, he has taught online classes since 2001. In addition to teaching high school students, Halla has also taught Government classes at George Mason University for a decade and has led many teacher in-service classes, both online and in person for middle and high school teachers. His self- designed “Enhancing the Social Studies Classroom with Technology” has become one of the most popular offerings in his home county, Fairfax—the 12th  largest in the United States.  He serves on the College Board’s 6–12th grade Advisory Panel for Social Studies, which is looking at the new design for all courses being offered by the College Board. His four blogs (Economics Teachers, US Government Teachers, US History Teachers, and World History Teachers) are the most visited social studies sites in the United States, with 65,000+ hits a month and helped to lead to his  first book Deeper Learning Through Technology: Using the Cloud to Individualize Instruction, which was published by Corwin in January 2015.  Halla’s teaching endeavors have been featured on ABC and NBC news, the National Education Association’s Today magazine, Education Week, and the Washington Post.


Social studies teachers (history, economics, geography and government) will interact with a wide variety of digital social studies collections, archives, online repositories and other resources to craft an understanding how these resources, when put in the hands of students, can be used to create highly engaging, personalized learning environments.  In an effort to design learning where students become historians, economists, geographers and political scientists, participants will work on the process of creating one or two instructional activities where the teacher facilitates personalized learning using the “flipped classroom” method; blended learning tasks, and thoughtful cloud-based projects that provide students with continual opportunities for not only feedback, but mastery.  In addition, participants will build an online Professional Learning Network (PLN) to expand their school-based Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and connect them with social studies educators across the globe. 

Target Audience

This will be suitable for all 4th-12th grade social studies teachers

>Learning Outcomes

Using the context of the social sciences, define “mastery” of content and skills, and implications for assessment in open, cloud-based learning environments
Understand strategies and techniques for facilitating learning in the social studies classroom
Explore wealth of online archives, collections, databases and other resources that put vital social studies resources in the hands of students
Design learning experiences that challenge students near the top of Bloom’s taxonomy through interaction with online resources

Participants Will Walk Away With….

a deeper understanding of moving the social studies learning process from teacher-centered to one of student research and authorship
One or two actionable and “ready” instructional plans for use with students, based on cloud-based, digitized social studies resources
a professional learning network that will keep them connected to other social studies educators and practitioners across the globe

Registration Cost

Registration for this Institute is now open, at the following rates:

Prior to Friday, February 13, 2015           425€
After Friday, February 13, 2015                475€

For schools sending a group of four or more participants to ANY of the summer institutes, all registrations will be discounted 25% of the total cost (in order to receive this discount, use “SUMMERGROUP” as a promotion code when completing the registration process)

This is inclusive of:

Two days of learning activities and associated materials
Morning break, lunch and afternoon break each day
Networking cocktail on evening of July 11th
Access to online portal for continued networking


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