I also feel, on the teaching end, that I have the most fun teaching when I can use technology -- beyond a powerpoint and a lecture--but I have something visual for the students. I learn this way and therefore I will teach that way (as much as possible). Nevertheless, these are some really neat tools that one can use to increase productivity or learning in the classroom. I think this engages the students in a very positive manner. Check out the following examples:
I have heard it said that knowing dates in Social Studies isn't important...only concepts are. I disagree. I think it is important to have both pieces of information. Dates can link events together in a very logical progression. (Should we dismiss spelling and good grammar because it is difficult to do at times???) Thus the use of a timeline. This software (and other websites out there that do the same type of thing) are very good at allowing teachers, or students, to develop a historic time line. They are interactive and fun to develop. Again, this can be an aid not only visual learners but to all learners -- especially in the discipline of social studies.