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Revolutionary Learning: Interactive History Games for All Secondary Social Studies Students

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Interactive History Games for Secondary Social Studies Students

Presented by Peter Mabli, Assistant Director of Online Professional Development, American Social History Project
Sponsored by WNET New York Public Media and Mission US


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Looking for innovative ways to immerse students in the drama and decisions that shaped U.S. history? Have you considered using interactive role-playing games to introduce and extend key themes in the secondary social studies curriculum? This edWebinar will explore ways for middle and high school students to “live” transformational moments in U.S. history. Our presenter will use the first Mission US game, “For Crown or Colony?”—available free to schools from WNET—to introduce effective ways to integrate “serious games” into U.S. history curriculum. The edWebinar will also focus on successful strategies for including English language learners and struggling readers in the full learning experience.

Peter Mabli, an expert in teaching U.S. history, will unpack ways to integrate gaming with document-based activities, writing prompts, and other resources in a range of learning environments. He’ll showcase ideas for independent, small group, whole class and flipped learning approaches, while meeting rigorous content and instructional standards. Learn how technology-infused gaming can help students experience a more personal, memorable, and meaningful connection with complex historical content, as they learn to think like historians, develop historical empathy, and discover the role of ordinary men, women, and young people in U.S. history.

When you participate in this edWebinar, you’ll come away with new ideas and rich resources to ignite excitement about history in your classroom. This session will be of particular benefit to middle and high school teachers and librarians, as well as curriculum specialists and instructional technology specialists. There will be time to get your questions answered after Peter’s presentation.

Peter MabliAbout the Presenter

Peter Mabli is Assistant Director of Online Professional Development at the American Social History Project (ASHP) located at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Peter has designed and coordinated numerous in-person professional development seminars for the New York City Department of Education, on topics ranging from the Great Migration to Westward Expansion. He also operates online educator courses through ASHP’s online micro-credentialing website, Who Built America: Badges for History Education. Peter holds a Masters in Teaching, and has worked as both a high school social studies teacher and an adjunct professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he designed fully-online courses on New Jersey history and the history of revolutions in the United States. Currently, Peter is completing his Ph.D. in history and culture at Drew University, specializing in food history and early American national identity.


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