Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Dakota, 2021
M.A. History, University of South Dakota, 2013
B.S.Ed. History, Northern State University, 2007
Dr. Christian D. Pirlet specializes in technology integration in PK-12 settings. His primary focus has included the use of game-based learning to study student motivation in the social sciences. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Pirlet spent 14 years in secondary classrooms teaching social studies including current events, AP US history, honors economics, psychology, and American Indian studies.
Dr. Pirlet is a member of the National Council for History Education (NCHE), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the International Honors Society in Education. Dr. Pirlet also works with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and its affiliated groups, the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) and the International Assembly (IA). Dr. Pirlet is the secretary and webmaster for IA.
In South Dakota, Dr. Pirlet has served in standards-unpacking sessions (2020, 2018) and assisted with the revision process for the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings for South Dakota.
At Northern, Dr. Pirlet is the co-advisor for Northern State’s chapter of the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA).
Dr. Pirlet received South Dakota’s 2011 James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Pirlet was nominated for the South Dakota History Teacher of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019 and the John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award in 2020.
Social studies education
Minecraft: education edition
Technology infused pedagogical models
Williams, J. A., Pirlet, C. D., & Johnson, M. The Nanjing safety zone: A global rescue effort on the Asian theatre during World War II. In L. Harris, M. Sheppard, & S. Levy (Eds.), Teaching difficult histories: Pictures of practice. (under contract, will be published in 2022)
Pirlet, C. D. (2020). Book review: Inquiry-based global learning in the K-12 social studies classroom. Journal of International Social Studies, 10(2), 161-164. https://www.iajiss.org/index.php/iajiss/article/view/521/401
Pirlet, C. D., Williams, J. A., & Johnson, M. (December, 2021). Teaching Difficult Histories: The Nanjing Atrocities. Presentation at the National Council for the Social Studies 2021 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Accepted December, 2020
Pirlet, C. D. & Geary, M. (June, 2021). Minecraft in Schools. Presented at Dakota State University Teach Camp, Virtual.
Pirlet, C. D. (April, 2021). Implementing Minecraft: Education Edition Across the Curriculum. Presented at the Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE) Annual Conference, Virtual.
Williams, J. A., & Pirlet, C. D. (December, 2020). The Nanjing Atrocities: Developing Global Citizens through Human Rights Education. Paper Presentation at the International Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies 2020 Annual Conference, Virtual.
Pirlet, C. D., Williams, J. A., & Johnson, M. (December, 2020). Teaching Difficult Histories: The Nanjing Atrocities. Presentation at the National Council for the Social Studies 2020 Annual Conference, Virtual.
Pirlet, C. D. (December, 2019). What’s Trade Got To Do With It?: Teaching International Development to Rural Secondary Students. Paper presented at the International Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies 2019 Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
Pirlet, C. D. (December, 2019). Agency Through Allegories: Gilded Age Populism According to Oz. Poster presented at the National Council for the Social Studies 2019 Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
Pirlet, C. D. (December, 2018). Lakota Winter Counts: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Workshop at the National Council for the Social Studies 2018 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.