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Actively Learn Social Studies

Grades 3-12

Actively Learn Social Studies is a dynamic digital learning platform offering compelling, ever-expanding content designed to maximize student learning and inspire students to think critically, ask questions, and practice civil discourse on their way to becoming future-ready citizens.

Social Studies is a difficult topic for middle school students. Actively Learn made it so much easier to see where my students were struggling.

Drive Deeper Learning in Social Studies with Actively Learn Social Studies

Actively Learn Social Studies brings social studies to life by inspiring students to explore the subject in new ways. With its rich, standards-aligned content and powerful student scaffolds, Actively Learn Social Studies is one of the most valuable digital learning platforms available to social studies teachers today.

Drive Deeper Learning in Social Studies with Actively Learn Social Studies

Actively Learn Social Studies brings social studies to life by inspiring students to explore the subject in new ways. With its rich, standards-aligned content and powerful student scaffolds, Actively Learn Social Studies is one of the most valuable digital learning platforms available to social studies teachers today.

Provides Rich Social Studies Content and Features

Actively Learn Social Studies offers a full suite of resources to cover core topics in social studies, including U.S. History, Ancient World History, and Modern World History. All lessons include embedded instruction and reading supports for students to boost engagement and drive deeper learning. Key features include:

  • Aligned to National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS), as well as state standards
  • Lessons and assessments that support teaching the College, Career, Civic Life (C3) Framework
  • Rich readings that engage students in the dynamic time periods and topics of social studies
  • Compelling questions that prompt thinking and discussion are embedded in every assignment
  • A diverse collection of standards-aligned social studies content, including articles, videos, textbook sections, DBQs, primary sources, and more
A screen shot of Actively Learn’s library of resources, showing a variety of articles and filtering tools
A screen shot of an instructor’s “Student Preview” of an assignment that includes polls in the unit reading.

Supports and Empowers Social Studies Teachers

Actively Learn Social Studies is known for being an engaging, student-friendly interactive learning platform, but it’s also a powerful instructional tool that gives teachers the resources they need to accomplish more without doing more. Here are some examples of what teachers can do with Actively Learn Social Studies:

  • Import online science articles, videos, PDFs, Google Docs/Slides, and more
  • Customize existing instruction to meet student needs
  • Edit existing instruction, add margin notes, media, and images  
  • Add and edit questions, change question types, reorder questions
  • Customize articles, videos, simulations or explainers

Supports and Empowers Social Studies Teachers

Actively Learn Social Studies is known for being an engaging, student-friendly interactive learning platform, but it’s also a powerful instructional tool that gives teachers the resources they need to accomplish more without doing more. Here are some examples of what teachers can do with Actively Learn Social Studies:

  • Import online science articles, videos, PDFs, Google Docs/Slides, and more
  • Customize existing instruction to meet student needs
  • Edit existing instruction, add margin notes, media, and images  
  • Add and edit questions, change question types, reorder questions
  • Customize articles, videos, simulations or explainers
A screen shot of an instructor’s “Student Preview” of an assignment that includes polls in the unit reading.

Gives Social Studies Students Greater Agency

Student agency is a hot topic in education today. Actively Learn Social Studies promotes student agency by providing a broad range of content, so that students have more choices in terms of what they learn. It also gives them greater control of their own learning. With Actively Learn Social Studies, they can…

  • Highlight words for a dictionary to provide vocabulary support
  • Add and respond to annotations in the margin
  • Communicate with teachers and students about assignments in real time
  • Use the text-to-speech feature for audio support with small sections of text
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A screenshot of actively learn showing a summary of interactive questions in a unit assignment

Offers an Interactive Learning Experience

This digital learning platform engages students with interesting content, but it also provides a uniquely immersive experience where they can take a deeper dive into social studies topics.

Interactive features include: 

  • Embedded polls 
  • Embedded questions 
  • Embedded videos 
  • Embedded discussion prompts 
  • Embedded student supports 
  • Embedded assessments

Offers an Interactive Learning Experience

When we say Actively Learn Social Studies drives deeper learning, that’s exactly what we mean. This digital learning platform engages students with interesting content, but it also provides a uniquely immersive experience where they can take a deeper dive into social studies topics.

Interactive features include: 

  • Embedded polls 
  • Embedded questions 
  • Embedded videos 
  • Embedded discussion prompts 
  • Embedded student supports 
  • Embedded assessments
A screenshot of actively learn showing a summary of interactive questions in a unit assignment