To bring history to life, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) partnered with the award-winning media developers at FableVision Studios to create Georgia Race Through Time (GRTT), a new history adventure game for students. Aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for 8th grade social studies, GRTT leverages primary source documents, rich historical content, and a unique storyline for an engaging, game-based learning experience. Georgia educators and students were included in the development process, allowing crucial feedback to guide production. GRTT was designed to work across web and mobile platforms and is available online and via mobile devices.
In GRTT, students help Savannah, a young, hip expert of antiques, and her trusted canine companion, Peaches, find historical artifacts hidden in cities and towns all over Georgia, from Athens to Vidalia. The game begins with Savannah and Peaches receiving a mysterious email inviting them to participate in the race. To win, they must collect historical artifacts by competing in challenges that call upon Savannah’s special gift of seeing back in time when she touches an item from the past. When all of the artifacts have been unlocked, Savannah and Peaches save the day and win fame and fortune!
GRTT was selected as a 2017 Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. The Parents’ Choice Awards is designed to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children. Only approximately 20 percent of those items submitted to the program receive a commendation in one of the six award levels.
The game addresses most of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for 8th grade social studies as well as literacy standards covering more complex and challenging comprehension skills:
Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Key Ideas and Details:
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Map and Globe Skills
Information Processing Skills
Virtual Field Trips
The virtual field trips bring Georgia locations to life with interviews, 360-degree panoramic photography, interactive elements, discussion prompts, and videos. Teachers can help students explore these historic locations by accessing the virtual field trips through the web and tablets.
Georgia Studies Digital Textbook
This digital textbook tells the story of Georgia—its history, culture, and geography. The information is presented in an innovative and interactive format and is aligned to Georgia standards.
Education Matters Blog
The Education Matters blog covers topics and trends in education, as well as school-specific success stories. The “Share Your Story” initiative allows teachers from all over the state to upload a guest blog, sharing how they are innovating and integrating technology in their classroom.