Thursday, August 8 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Digital Tools at the Intersection of History and Civics

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Carrie (content), Colin (design), and David (classroom teacher) chat about the challenges in making and using digital tools to teach history. They will address the kinds of questions that may well keep you up at night: What happens when the Constitution isn't ratified? Aren't primary sources hard to read (and super boring)? Who wins when game mechanics conflict with historical narratives? How can digital elements bring the past greater relevancy? Where is the teacher's role?

This session features a behind the scenes look at two free digital resources for teaching civics and American History in classrooms. DBQuest is a digital tool for analyzing primary sources. The modules use carefully curated document sets to model historical thinking and promote student agency as students answer the big questions like “Why did the Nashville sit-ins succeed?” Race to Ratify, iCivics newest video game covers the debate over ratification by placing students in the role of a pamphleteer seeing to influence public opinion in advance of the state convention votes. 

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Carrie Ray-Hill

Director of Digital Learning, iCivics, Inc.

Colin Skinner

Filament Games

David Olson

Teacher, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison Metropolitan School District

Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Landmark 3rd Floor

Attendees (9)