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In March, 2023, at the Christopher Creek Lodge in Payson, Arizona, GeoCivics hosted a residential experience to learn how to gamify K12 lessons in American history, geography, civics, and government. Led by a team of content and pedagogical experts, grant staff, and mentors, participants explored both hands-on and internet-based games to see how they can be integrated into curricula.


Participants strengthened their pedagogical skills and learned how to apply strategies for turning ordinary lessons into exciting game-based adventures! Following instruction and exploration, teachers 'gamified' a social studies lesson!

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Charles Kazilek, AKA Dr. Biology, shared new and exciting virtual reality gaming! To see more fantastic teaching resources, games, and simulations, visit


Drs. Niccole Cervany and Dianna Gielstra led teachers on an outdoor exploration to gather field data using various tools and techniques. The exploration was followed up with a demonstration on how virtual trips can create a deep, authentic learning experience using situational learning and geographic inquiry.

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Liz Fuiava demonstrated a number of gamified approaches to use in a variety of ways, such as classroom management, educational games, and assessments!

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After exploring, teachers were tasked with gamifying a social studies lesson they brought with them to the Academy! 

GeoCivics Created Games

Branches of Government - Spoons!
This activity focuses on the three branches of government, executive, legislative and judicial. 



Class Dojo
 Classroom management tools by a point system and other cool teacher tools (free version and/or upgrade available)

Wheel of Names (use this for any spin the wheel activity and/or to make sure all students participate & more-save each wheel)

Flocabulary (free trials, fun musically integrated lessons!)

22 Federally Recognized Tribal Nations (resource for teacher background information)

Land Acknowledgement Resources (resource for teacher background information)

Land Acknowledgement Zip Codes (resource for finding out which Indigenous People’s lands we reside on)

Toy Theater (all subject online tools for students and teacher visuals)

Match the Memory (free online game of match by subject)

Build a Sentence (manage classroom noise or visualize music) (online planbook for sharing / team planning) (Similar to classdojo minus the point system but it has a lot of cool backgrounds)


Caption That! Photo Slides:

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