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Chrome and G Suite Resources for Education

Social Studies Resources for K-12 Teachers and Students

We hope that everyone approaches these resources with the mindset that a digital tool is only valuable if it enhances the student learning experience. We always recommend that you know your why before focusing on the how or the what. The best digital resources engage students in the 4 C's of collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. The ISTE Standards are another great resource for building a mindset that connects content to essential digital skills.

Document Objective: The goals connected to the creation of this document is to help teachers and students explore digital resources that can enhance teaching and learning in Social Studies Classrooms. These Web Resources, Chrome OS Web Apps, Chrome Extensions, Google Drive Add-ons, and Drive Apps have been recommended by our PLN to enhance engagement and inspire curiosity in Social Studies Classrooms.

Navigation: We’ve organized the resources in different categories selected by our Social Studies teachers. To view the Categories. click on ‘View’ in the menu above to turn on the ‘Document Outline’ on the left. The outline categories are linked to each section of the document.

Additional Web Resources and G Suite Tools for teachers and students can be found linked on the Wicked EdTech Site. The Google Chrome Webstore also supports keyword searches for additional Chrome Apps and Extensions connected to educational content.

Common Sense Media is another great resource to explore digital resources for teaching and learning.

Please feel free to suggest additional resources using the comment feature in this Doc or in this Padlet.

Social Studies Digital Resources Table of Contents

Bookmarks & Collections

Brainstorming & Outlines

Creation Resources

Culture & Connections

Discussion Resources

Geography & Maps

History & Current Events

Interactive Lessons

Notes & Organization

Research & Citation

Rubrics & Grading

Timeline Creation

More Resources

Bookmarking and Collection Resources

Bookmark Manager

One-click save: Add images and notes to your bookmarks to make them more helpful.


Screen capture, reinvented. Organize, search & bookmark the web.

Diigo Web Collector

Bookmark, Archive, Screenshot & Markup - All-In-One Web Collector, must-have research tool.

Google Keep Extension

Save to Google keep with one click. Organize and tag webs resources.


A collaborative digital resource or note board. Include images, videos, documents, and text.

Save to Google Drive

Save web content or screen capture directly to Google Drive.

Save to Pocket

Save articles, videos, and more from the web. You can read offline and eliminate web clutter using the Pocket App on iOS, Android, and Chrome.

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Brainstorming and Outlining

Collabrify Map

Collabrify Map is a “collabrified” concept mapping tool.


A collaborative mind-mapping tool that simplifies complex things.


The easiest way to draw flowcharts, mind maps, UML, organizational charts, wireframes, network diagrams and 40+ other diagram types.


Personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources.

Google Keep App

Organize notes, web resources, images, and to do lists. Use the Google Keep notepad to add keep notes directly into Google Docs and Google Slides.

Lucidchart Diagrams

Intuitive diagramming & flowcharting tool in the cloud.


Collaborative, free online mindmapping tool.


A collaborative digital resource or note board. Include images, videos, documents, and text.


Online whiteboard for visual team collaboration. Add pictures, mockups, drawings, videos, sticky notes, office documents and Google Drive files on an endless canvas.

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Creation Resources

Videos, Infographics, Audio, & Multimedia

Booktrack Classroom

Allows students to read eBooks with a movie-style soundtrack, or to create their own soundtrack for any story, essay or other text.


Easily design beautiful, professional graphics. Canva gives you all the tools you need to design.


Create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)

Google Autodraw

Drawing tool that pairs the magic of machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual

Google Drawings

Add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and diagrams.

Google Photos

Automatically organized and searchable by the people, places, and things in them, your photos are always easy to find and share.


Create stunning visual content for print, mobile or web. Make brochures, newsletters, magazines, reports, and more.


Free photo editor with Collage, Touch Up, Teeth Whiten, Fonts, Effects, Filters, Frames, Stickers & more.


Make information beautiful using Piktochart. Create infographics.


Make media come alive. With ThingLink you can easily create interactive image and video content.


WeVideo makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere.


Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome.

Soundtrap for Education

An easy-to-use collaborative platform for audio editing and music making for all ages.

Explore additional Creativity resources here.

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Culture and Connected Classrooms

Common Sense Education

Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship curriculum powered by Exploros.

Connected Classrooms

Google + Community to connect classrooms across the world.

Frontier powered by eSpark

Empowering students to think critically about the media they consume and practice digital citizenship.

Google Arts and Culture

Keep exploring with Google Arts & Culture. Meet the people, visit the places and learn about the events that shaped our world. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums.

Google Street View

Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, parks and transport hubs.

Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world.


Embark on a quest to deny hackers, sink phishers, one-up cyberbullies, outsmart oversharers and become a confident explorer online.

Skype in the Classroom

Online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype

Explore additional digital literacy and digital citizenship resources here.

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Discussion Resources

Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Google Slides are great resources to engage students in digital discussions.


Video for igniting student discussion and engagement.

Google + Communities

Create secure online communities for collaboration and discussion.


It works like a sheet of paper where you can put anything (images, videos, documents, text) anywhere, from any device (pcs, tablets, phones), together with anyone.


Online whiteboard for visual team collaboration. Add pictures, mockups, drawings, videos, sticky notes, office documents and Google Drive files on an endless canvas.


Verso Campus is the teaching platform that supports educators in collaborating to build online discussions, while activating student voice as a driver for deeper, more personalized instruction.

Explore additional communication resources here.

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Geography and Maps

Google Cultural Institute - Places

Content from over 1000 leading museums and archives.

Google Earth for the Web

Everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share.

Google Earth Engine - Timelapse

Timelapse is a global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 32 years.

Google Maps

Find local business information, directions, and street-level imagery around the world with Google Maps.

Google My Maps

Create custom maps to share and publish online with Google My Maps.

Geography Games

Free online education games and puzzles for Geography. Play knowledge games.

Map Outlines

Practice your knowledge of countries, cities, rivers, mountains, lakes and islands on the map of the world, maps of continents and some other maps

National Geographic™ Photo Of The Day

Beautiful and Interesting colorful photos. Enjoy National Geographic's incredible photo collection. You'll get new pictures daily. 

World Data Atlas

Key statistics, data and visualizations about the world and world's countries and regions at your fingertips

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Interactive Lessons and Activities

HyperDocs are a great framework for student centered learning using G Suite for Education resources.

Buncee for Education

Create engaging content like lesson plans, digital stories, presentations etc.


Engaging real-time interactivity in the classroom in both teacher-led and student-paced lesson scenarios


Interactive assignments and assessments.


Make videos into interactive lessons by adding questions and resources.

Google Slides

Collaborative and interactive presentations. Now with add-ons to enhance learning.

Haiku Deck

With Haiku Deck, anyone can create stunning, image-rich slideshows.


Turn almost any website into an engaging lesson by adding questions, discussions, insight, and more into the text.


Turn your Google presentations into Nearpod ​lessons.

Pear Deck

Interactive presentations and formative assessments.


Embed rich, dynamic questions into online video to track learning.

PowToon Presentations Edu

PowToon lets you create awesome presentations and animated videos.

Recap Journeys

Organize content and resources into a Path for participants to navigate.


        Complete group assignments using Team Up.

Symbaloo Learning Paths

Create a gaming-style Learning Path using the best educational resources.


Create an interactive TED-Ed Lesson page with any video from YouTube.

TES Teach with Blendspace

Differentiate instruction by creating interactive engaging digital lessons.

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History and Current Events

Airing Pods

Audio podcast player brings you 15000+ channels across 50+ topics.


CuriosityStream is the world's first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for premium factual shows that enlighten, entertain and inspire.

Google News

Search thousands of news stories.


Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.


The NewsHub team has developed a live news timeline extension that has been designed with the users in mind.

NPR Infinite Player

NPR for Chrome: It's the smarter listening experience you expect from NPR, tailored to your personal interests.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues.

TimeMaps: World History Atlas

The World History TimeMap contains over 660 history maps and 1,000 pages of high-quality supporting narrative.


The latest news, scores, weather, stocks and photos you've come to expect from USA TODAY.

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Note Taking and Organization

Shared Google Docs and Google Slides are great resources for shared and collaborative notes.


Securely view, edit and sign PDFs. Fill forms. Merge documents and reorder pages. Create templates. DocHub is 100% free.


Draftback lets you play back the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit. It's like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write.

Google Keep App

Organize notes, web resources, images, and to do lists. Use the Google Keep notepad to add keep notes directly into Google Docs and Google Slides.

Highly Highlighter

Highlight anything. Save and share highlights, right as you read. Highly works darn near everywhere.


Best PDF and Document Annotation and Markup Tool. Works with Google Drive and Google Classroom.

Mic Note

Record voice while taking notes.

My Study Life

Online planner for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier to manage.

Note Anywhere

You can make notes on any web page, any position. When you open that page again, the notes get loaded automatically.


The Stencil Chrome extension lets you highlight text anywhere on the web and turn it into an image instantly.

Sticky Notes

Sticky note app for your desktop.


To-do list and task manager.


Most efficient way to take & share time-stamped notes while watching videos!

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Research and Citation

The Explore Tool in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets is a great resource to support student exploration and research.

Ancient History Encyclopedia

A non-profit community website that provides free peer-reviewed ancient history information.

Cite This for Me

Automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles at the click of a button.


It's a research engine that lets you learn about any topic. A graphical concept map shows you how important ideas connect.

EasyBib Toolbar

Cite web sites with one click using the EasyBib Toolbar and receive advice on the credibility of the website you're citing.

Google Books

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats.

Quotes Book

Collect and share your favorite quotes and quotations.

Research in Context

Categories cover the most-studied topics like cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.


View research, get help with popular books and cite your sources all in one place.

World Cloud Website Preview

Summarize and share the content of any website or article using very popular word tag cloud technology.

Explore additional resources for curiosity in the classroom here.

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Rubrics and Grading

JoeZoo Express

Built for teachers and students to install, it's a single add-on that makes self, peer and teacher feedback EASY!

Kaizena (Voice Comments)

Kaizena saves teachers time assessing digital student work in Google Drive while improving the quality of feedback students receive.

Orange Slice

An add-on built for teachers that will increase grading productivity and professional present a scored rubric/grade for students.


A rubric based assessment tool that works with the Doctopus Add-on that enables flexible, efficient rubric-based grading of Google Drive resources.

Goobric for Students

A rubric based assessment designed to guide student learning and revision. Goobric for Students provides reminders and a button in the Google Docs editor designed to encourage students to review the teacher’s scoring rubric as they are creating or revising an assignment.

Flubaroo (Google Sheets)

Flubaroo helps you quickly grade and analyze online assignments and assessments, as well as email scores to students.

Super Quiz

Super Quiz adds brilliant functionality and assessment tools to a quiz made with Google Forms.

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Timeline Creation

Google Autodraw

Drawing tool that pairs the magic of machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual

Google Drawings

Add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and diagrams.


Sutori is a free digital learning tool for the classroom. It enables teachers and students to create interactive stories through a simple and intuitive interface.


Create, collaborate, and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It's like Google Maps, but for time.

Timeline JS

Open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines.


Create beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.

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Additional Apps and Extensions


CK-12 is an app to help students, and teachers improve K-12 learning globally by providing self-paced learning content & tools.

Move It

Busy working on your computer? Spending hours searching the internet? Get active with Move It.


Quizlet makes simple tools that let you study anything, for free.

Share to Classroom

Get your class on the same (web)page, instantly.


To-do & task list to make all things done and get life well organized.

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More Google Drive Add-ons

Google Docs and Google Sheets in Google Drive are great collaborative resources that can be enhanced with different Add-ons. To learn more about how to find and connect Drive Add-ons please visit the Drive Add-on Tutorial 

Gliffy Diagrams (Google Docs)

Create professional-looking diagrams quickly and easily in Google Docs. Draw flowcharts, wireframes, UML, ERD and more.

Thesaurus (Google Docs)

Thesaurus for Google Documents revolutionizes your experience by helping you explore synonyms, antonyms and more.


This add-on provides a easy way for teachers to create keyword lists for their classes, and for students to view them.

Speech Recognition

The Speech Recognition add-on will allow you to use speech recognition to write your Google Docs documents. Google Docs also has build in Voice Recording in the tools menu.

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Additional Resources

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