Using Digital Tablet Applications to Make Historical Thinking Transparent

  • Grant R. Miller
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA

  • Erina Cinnamon
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA


In spring 2011, 18 prospective social studies teachers at an American university participated in a project where they used digital technology, including applications for digital tablets, to construct learning environments that model how to analyze primary sources. Participants’ projects with and without the digital tablets varied considerably, specifically in the amount of direct references they made to the sources they used to model critical thinking. Findings reveal how teachers and student can use digital tablets to create knowledge about the past rather than merely receiving information.

Keywords: Social Studies Education, Historical Thinking, Prospective Teachers, Digital Tablets