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Choose Your Own WAZE: Using an Interactive Map to Discover Historical Philadelphia

Offsite: See session description for location

Preregistration Required
Participate and share : Trip / Tour


Senior Professor
Union College of Union County, NJ
Dr. De has taught ESL and Freshman Composition in the community college setting for over 20 years. She is interested in using technology in her classes.
Union College of County County
Debbie is a Prof. of ESL at a two-year community college in New Jersey. She teaches adult ESL and is passionate about infusing technology into her lessons and encouraging students to use their tech know-how for academic purposes.

Session description

Discover historical Philadelphia by engaging with an interactive smartphone map of Philly that allows you to listen and see images of the sites you're visiting. This is not the typical "Center City" tour. We'll go our own WAZE and discover quirky Philly!
Grade level:
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Purpose & objective

This presentation will be an interactive tour of historical Philadelphia, of less known sites. Participants will use their Smartphones and an interactive map of the area and will visit sites by walking or driving their car. There are no barriers to someone being able to use this tool- a Smartphone is required, but no additional app or expensive add-on. If an attendee has a physical disability, they may also participate in a car or wheelchair, if applicable.
The model utilized is hands-on/experiential learning. Lesson plans will be provided with information about how to utilize this tool and how to customize this activity an individual's state or city.

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Participants will meet at an agreed-up site to begin the tour.
They will be given a brief handout with instructions on how to access the map and utilize it. The presenter(s) will be along on the tour to respond to questions or resolve any issues, etc.
The tour should take between 30-60 minutes, with opportunities given to explore any of the sites listed.
The Process for utilizing the interactive map is straightforward-- participants will use their Smartphones with a link to an interactive map and will be given written instructions as well.

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Session specifications

Library media specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
ELL, Social studies

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