Educating K-12 teachers and students in the creation of local history content linked to community locations by QR codes (2-dimensional bar codes).
The GeoHistorian Project is an initiative from Kent State University's Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET), aimed at educating K-12 students to become local historians who create digital content for an audience that transcends the walls of their classrooms. Project activities will include the creation of curriculum for teaching how to do digital, local history, training teachers how to apply it in their classrooms, and curriculum implementation. Expected outcomes include student-created, digital, and local historical content that will be available online and freely accessible by way of wireless mobile devices and QR codes (2-dimensional bar codes) that will be placed in relevant community locations. In addition, we will evaluate the impact of the GeoHistorian curriculum on student learning in the humanities and the role that digital technologies play in this process. Finally, we will investigate how our efforts can be scaled up and sustained over a longer period of time.