Social studies, at the most basic level, is the study of people. The Georgia Department of Education reminds us that the goal of social studies is not for students to memorize a laundry list of facts but rather to help them learn how to analyze issues, solve problems, and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become engaged and productive citizens. Join GPB Education as we explore new ways to understand the enduring past and make historical connections to the evolving present with our thousands of free interactive resources on government, history, economics, citizenship, and more!
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 partnership with PBS LearningMedia. 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.
Participants will become familiar with the active-learning U.S history resources created by GPB Education while modeling ideas for how virtual reality and game-based learning can pair engaging activities with appropriate assessment challenges and enable students to master knowledge and literacy skills that are relevant to real-world experiences.
Building on a reputation as a trusted source for educational content, GPB Education has created a virtual learning journey to explore the complexities of slavery and freedom in antebellum Savannah through the lens of the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. Educators, parents, and students can learn about the connections between the institution of slavery and the global economy and discover what one city can teach us about society and culture before the Civil War. Key concepts are presented through interactive elements like primary source letters and images, navigable maps, videos, and a virtual walking tour. Session participants will be able to explore virtual content using Oculus Go headsets or their own devices. Presenters will model instructional strategies to elicit creative responses to the experience. Following this session, participants will better understand how to implement their own virtual reality explorations in the home and/or classroom.
Join GPB’s education outreach team for a creative take on social studies education in conjunction with National Poetry Month. We'll explore primary source sets from PBSLearningMedia along with instructional strategies in "found poetry" that will shift how students examine, analyze, and understand documents.
Join GPB’s education team for an exploratory overview of our comprehensive no-cost digital resources for elementary social studies, including interactive expansions of GPB’s virtual learning journeys throughout our state. Participants will also learn more about how to meaningfully engage students with the thousands of digital PBS resources adapted especially for the classroom through PBS LearningMedia.
In the wake of the Civil War, Georgia faced the dual challenges of rebuilding a shattered economy and integrating freed slaves into its population. As the state struggled to rise from the ashes of war during Reconstruction and into the first decades of the twentieth century, competing visions for the direction of southern politics and the New South economy dominated the state. Along the way, modern forms of entertainment and emerging cultural influences integrated Georgia’s past with its present.
Georgia’s geographic characteristics are discussed with a focus on five major themes of geography, including natural resources, minerals, water, and weather.
Overview: It's no secret that government is significantly involved in the U.S. Economy. But do you know all the things the various levels of government do in the economy? This lesson will help you understand the complex ways the government interacts with the U.S. Economy.