But not in social studies. Social studies has long been so content-focused to the point of excluding the how of it. Did you ever learn the historical method in schools? I didn't. The textbooks treat history as if it were a solitary, static thing.
The history of the world is pretty long. It's simply not possible to cover everything in 13 years of school. Better to give our students the tools that they may learn the history we don't get to on their own. Evaluating historical documents, distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, and establishing the veracity and reliability of these historical documents.
Technology is a great way for us to do that. Take a look at this picture. It's a women's suffrage parade in 1912. What's wrong with it?
Let the students explore it. This is a photograph I'd use when they were accustomed to doing this, starting with more obvious errors first. But through the evaluation of this photograph, students can explore women's suffrage, life in the early 1900s, and the invention of the car.
Photoshop Elements makes this relatively easy. There's a host of historical photographs available online, through the Library of Congress's American Memory, and hundreds of digital archives. We can teach historical skills while also teaching content, and putting historical events within a context: Students learning about women's suffrage will, through evaluating this photograph, learn a little bit about life in the early 1900s: cars were just becoming widely available (like Model Ts, not Mustangs!) , the dress typical of the era, and so on. This is important, particularly in the elementary grades, because often pieces of history are taught in such a disjointed manner that few connections are made: the invention of the car would rarely be taught near women's suffrage, despite the fact that they were occurring largely within the same time period.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. And who wouldn't want to hear their ten-year-old students pointing out, "Hey! That's ridiculous - they were just starting to drive Model Ts back then! Ford developed his assembly line only four years before that!"