The Promise of Digital History in the Teaching of Local History
Guy Clarke, Cherokee High School, United States ; John Lee, David Pittman, Georgia State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
To construct more meaningful experiences for history students and pre-service teachers, a local history class for high school students was developed. These students work in conjunction with social studies pre-service education students at Georgia State University to develop digital historical resources. The project was developed for pre-service teachers to develop their pedagogical skills using digital resources, for teachers to use in the classroom, and as a model for web designers, which facilitates digital historical inquiry as well as local history. Underlying this effort is the fundamental belief that technology is a useful, powerfully enabling mechanism for education; if and only if it is used within the context of meaningful subject matter. For this project, collaborators chose to situate technological applications first within the context of historical inquiry and second in the context of local history. Two online databases of local historical resources have been developed.
Clarke, G., Lee, J. & Pittman, D. (2004). The Promise of Digital History in the Teaching of Local History. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4768-4772). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).