Using SCAN
is simple!


  1. Register and subscribe
  2. Select lesson
  3. Follow steps for easy lesson set-up
  4. Get lesson URL (to give to students)


  1. Go to teacher-provided URL
  2. Watch demo video
  3. Choose username, avatar, and point of view
  4. Follow steps and prompts


Template for write your own lesson.

SCAN session Rubric.

SCAN user's guide.

SCAN session sample resolution.

New to SCAN: Videos for set up, recorded webinar.

Teacher Tips and Resources Lesson extensions, assessments time saving tips, etc.

Grant Writing information.

Use SCAN topics in the Collaborize Classroom Library to introduce, enhance or enrich SCAN scenarios.

Connections to Standards

SCAN addresses the Common Core and a variety of social studies and technology standards. It is uniquely positioned to help address standards that deal with critical thinking, multiple perspectives, problem-solving, using information, thinking, evaluating, etc. SCAN lesson content helps meet content-based standards in science, social studies and language arts.

SCAN aligned with the Common Core.

How to Use SCAN to Align CC in History lesson.

SCAN and Technology: NETS Standards.

Social studies standards—see a sample of social studies and civics standards which SCAN addresses

  • All students will utilize historical thinking, problem solving, and research skills to maximize understanding of civics, history, geography, and economics.
  • Use critical thinking skills to interpret events, recognize bias, point of view, and context.
  • Examine current issues, events, or themes and relate them to past events.
  • Compare and contrast competing interpretations of current and historical events.
  • Interpret events considering continuity and change, the role of change, oversight and error, and changing interpretations by historians.
  • Formulate questions and hypotheses from multiple perspectives, using multiple sources.
  • Evaluate current issues, events, or themes and trace their evolution through historical periods.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to national, state, or local issues and propose reasoned solutions.


  • Describe major conflicts that have arisen from diversity (e.g., land and suffrage for Native Americans, civil rights, women’s rights) and discuss how these have been addressed.
  • Discuss contemporary issues involving personal, political, and economic rights of American citizens (e.g., dress codes, sexual harassment, fair trial, free press, minimum wage).
  • Develop critical thinking skills so students can function as lifelong learners and examine and evaluate issues of importance to all Americans.
  • Appreciate complexities of social and historical issues.
  • Examine current issues, events or themes and relate them to past events.
  • Identify current issues that may have global impact (e.g. pollution, diseases) and discuss ways to address them.
  • Propose and justify new local state or federal government policies on a variety of contemporary issues (definition of marriage, voting systems and procedures, censorship, religion in public places)