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History Walk: Philadelphia!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Broad Street Atrium

Participate and share: Trip / Tour
Preregistration Required
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Digital Learning Specialist, Author, and Consultant
Laurel Aguilar-Kirchhoff is a former teacher who now serves as a digital learning specialist/consultant/ISTE author. Laurel works with educators to successfully integrate educational technology into the curriculum for student learning outcomes. Her areas of expertise include digital citizenship/media literacy, blended learning, educational technology, and innovation. Laurel provides instructional practices to educators across the world as the instructor for ISTEU Digital Citizenship course and as an adjunct university professor. Her ISTE book, “Bring History and Civics to Life: Lessons and Strategies to Cultivate Informed, Empathetic Citizens,'' was released 2022. Laurel was named ISTE 20 to Watch in 2023.
Teacher & Author
First Ave Middle School
Karalee Wong Nakatsuka. has taught middle school US History students since 1990. She is passionate about using technology to engage students, focusing on building community in her classroom, and helping students to see themselves in the story of America as they develop into empathetic and informed critical thinkers and citizens who make a difference in the world. She is the co-author of “Bring History and Civics to Life: Lessons and Strategies to Cultivate Informed, Empathetic Citizens,” published by ISTE.

Session description

Join educators from across the world as we take a historically based walking tour through beautiful Philadelphia. You'll learn how technology seamlessly and easily brings the stories of the past to life for students, making lessons engaging and accessible for all through place-based learning. Meet in the Broad Street Atrium at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (entrance off of Broad Street).

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the history Walk: Philadelphia! is to create an immersive experience for participants to bring history and civics to life with placed based learning combined with educational technology.
Participant objectives include:
-Learning how to approach history and civics teaching through the lens of historical empathy and demarginalization of historical themes and topics.
-Integration of educational technology through non-traditional historical teaching methods (such as history walks, immersive EdTech activities, virtual field trips, etc.)
-The walk will model place based history lessons including integration of National Park Service resources for teaching with historic places.
-Participants will receive resources to create place based historical learning experiences for their students.
-Integration of ISTE Student standards for educational technology in place based historical learning lessons.
-Evidence of success will include the completion of the walk, creation of materials to use with students, and ideas generated for further place based learning activities and collaboration with colleagues from across the world.

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Content and Activities: This history walk will include visits to several historic sites and landmarks in Philadelphia. At each site or landmark, information about the site will be integrated with educational technology to further the experience. Participants will participate in the historic learning experience through interactions and reflections with educational technology platforms such as Flip.

Time: This is a one and half hour history walk through selected sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each site visited will include history of the site, interaction with participants through the use of EdTech such as Flip and QR codes. Anticipated time spent at each site is 5-10 minutes.

Process: This walk will be interactive with peer-to-peer interactions. Device based activities at each site using Flip and QR codes will be utilized for audience engagement. Trivia questions, games, and interactions for the participants will be included at every stop. Each participant will receive a detailed walking tour map/checklist for reference. Participants will complete a digital map activity for prizes and engagement.

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Session specifications

Innovative learning environments
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Microsoft Flip, device with camera capabilities, QR code scanning capabilities. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and clothing to move throughout Philadelphia.
Subject area:
Social studies
Related exhibitors:
Microsoft Corporation,