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Underground Railroad: Explore the New Interactive from National Geographic Society

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: 119AB

Tyson Brown  
Explore the new interactive from National Geographic! We will provide an overview for how to use the free learning tool and supplemental resources in middle/high school classrooms. Explore how to use the “Choose Your Own Adventure” game as in-classroom resource or homework assignment, as well as NGS’s library.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Game-based learning and gamification
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to provide educators with an introduction and hands-on application of free educational tools from National Geographic Society. Participants will learn about real classroom uses of the Underground Railroad and take the time to explore the game and supplemental resources with content/interactive experts.

A new interactive for the Underground Railroad is being released by National Geographic in January 2018. This key new educational resource is for middle and high school educators and their students. This ISTE session will provide an overview of the new game, learning objectives and ideas for use inside and outside of the classroom, as well as an introduction to the National Geographic Classroom of free teacher resources.

• Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation: Social studies educators looking for new, high-quality free resources to use with their students.

• Technology intervention (include specific names/titles and descriptions if tools are not widely known and available): Both the Underground Railroad interactive and the National Geographic Classroom are newly released free tools.

• Lesson plans or instructional activities/strategies employed (include a brief description of your instructional electronic resources or tools used): The session will give an overview of the new interactive and provide strategies and supplemental materials for using the resources in the classroom and for assignments.

• Evidence of success: Student and teacher case studies will be shared and a follow-up survey will be provided.


1. Participants will investigate the new Underground Railroad Interactive, a free learning tool for middle and high school teachers/students. (30 minutes)

2. Participants will create an in-classroom and at-home lessons using the Underground Railroad Interactive and supplemental resources. (20 minutes) Process: peer-to-peer discussion/planning

3. Participants will learn about additional free teacher and student resources available from the National Geographic Classroom. (10 minutes) Process: device-based

Supporting research

National Geographic Classroom Resources:

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Tyson Brown, National Geographic Education

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