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Social Studies

  • Behind the Times and Ahead of the Game: VR and GBL for the SS Classroom

    Topic:
    Social Studies

    Game-based learning is a tried-and-true educational approach, made more effective by the growing availability of interactive digital content. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with virtual and game-based learning resources created by GPB Education and distributed through our streaming partnerships with PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education. Explore ideas for how virtual and game-based approaches can pair meaningful learning activities with appropriate assessment challenges, and enable students to enthusiastically engage in mastering knowledge and skills that are relevant to real-world experiences.

    Duration:
    1 hour
  • Bringing Map and Globe Skills Down to Earth

    Topic:
    Social Studies

    Learn how to navigate through GPB’s multimodal content, and explore hands-on activities for teaching map and globe skills. From basic understanding to advanced content delivery, inquiry lessons, and authentic assessment, get the lay of the land with Discovery Education content collections and find your way to GPB’s many other engaging resources for building geographic reasoning.

    Duration:
    1.5 hours
  • Building a Social Studies Inquiry Mystery

    Topic:
    Social Studies, Social Studies
    Subtopic:
    Inquiry-Based Learning

    WHY did prehistoric Native Americans build ceremonial mounds? WHAT led to the Trail of Tears and the associated death of 4,000 Cherokees? WHO besides Boll Weevil and the Dirty Thirties were among the cast of characters that brought about the Great Depression? WHERE have Georgia's rivers most impacted the flow of U.S. history? HOW did a peanut farmer become president of the United States? Investigate the thousands of digital learning resources created, curated, and sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting, and engage in hands-on exploration for building an inquiry mystery around fascinating historical questions. NOTE: Inquiry mysteries can also be scheduled around content aligned to 6th, 7th, or 8th grade social studies standards.

    Duration:
    2 hours
  • Discovery Education for Social Studies Instruction

    Topic:
    Social Studies

    Participants will receive an introduction to Discovery Education’s learning management system with a focus on the nearly 54,000 multimodal SS resources available to all Georgia students and teachers at no cost via GPB. We will navigate through the latest upgrades and learn how to find and organize relevant content, manage personal folders, apply meaningful teaching strategies, and create output using the productivity tools. Hands-on activities will include digital exploration tips and model teaching strategies, with emphasis on DE’s primary sources, interdisciplinary virtual field trips and collaborative projects, and searching by standards.

    Duration:
    1 hour

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