Tech Tools and Lessons

Glass plate image of a young girl on the SS Mongolia. From the SSHSA Archives.


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Tech Tools and Lessons

Tech Tools and Lessons - Jeopardy

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Have your students create an experiment to see what materials keep items colder longer – Refrigeration on Ships

Click on the logo to the right to check out this fun game of Jeopardy created from all the materials in our science module and the corresponding posts. Create your own here.

Technology/Computer Science

Students will learn how to build a cryptosystem to encode and decode messages. This lesson works for Engineering as well.

Engineering/Computer Science

Your students can conduct an experiment making aluminum boats to find out how to define their goals, devise a plan, try a solution, evaluate their results, and then iteratively improve. Learn how Computer Science is a fundamentally problem-solving discipline.

View the adapted aluminum foil boat lesson, “STEM Boat Challenge,” created by Timothy Baszak for a STEM class (grades 5-8) at Waypoint Academy.


Have your students examine paintings from the Posner Maritime Art Collection and answer questions drawing conclusions about how art can reveal information about history and culture.


Use primary source materials to calculate losses and inflation – Merida Shipwreck

Have your students calculate midpoints based on historical maps of steamship routes – Midpoint in Ocean Crossings

Create line graphs from line items of food purchased for the Hudson River Day Line – Hudson River Line Food

Calculate percent increase or decrease using statistics from the American Merchant Marine – Trade Statistics

Social Studies

Check out this story below created from the Immigration and Disease post. To create one yourself or have your students create one, visit their website.


Create dynamic images with ThingLink

Tech Tools and Lessons - Immigrants

Port of Entry: Immigration – Use this Library of Congress tool to become a historical detective and investigate photographs and eyewitness account of immigrant life in America.

Immigration and Migration: Our Changing Voices – Through dialogue, documentation, research, and interviews, students understand their role in society in this Library of Congress activity.

 Other Tech Integration Resources and Lessons

Piktochart – Infographic Creator

Animoto – Create Videos

Smore – Design Brochures and Posters

Fodey – Newspaper Clipping Generator

Library of Congress – Primary Source Analysis Tool

TimeToast – Create Timelines

MapMe – Make Story Maps

StoryBird – Digital Storytelling

Quizlet – Create Flashcards and Quizzes

Scratch – Create stories, games, and animations, and share them

GeoGebra – Solve equations, graph functions, create constructions, analyze data, explore 3D math!

Find lesson plans from the EPA on environmental science here.