New Media and Historical Studies
In 1996 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded funds to CUNY's American Social History Project (ASHP) to launch the New Media Classroom Program, a professional development program aimed at helping secondary and university faculty incorporate new media into their U.S. History or American Studies classes. The American Social History Project selected Assumption College as one of eight regional centers in the United States for the development of multimedia instruction in the humanities. Assumption has just been notified that its "American History and Culture on the Web" project has received a major grant from the NEH. This summer's topic draws upon materials developed for that project.
Participants will discuss new scholarship, examine new media resources, develop strategies for classroom implementation, and discuss individual and institutional implications of incorporating new technologies. Sessions will include:
presentations, survey and demonstrations of available media resources;
hands-on activities using websites and CD-ROM resources;
time for collaborative curriculum planning;
Professional Development Points for participating secondary teachers.
While theme-related academic content will be integrated into each day's sessions, the exploration and testing of new media resources and technologies--on-line syllabi, electronic archives, dialogical technologies, hypermedia and hypertext--will be emphasized through the week-long institute. A series of follow-up workshops and seminars, offered during the 2000-2001 academic year, will engage summer institute participants in sustained and systematic assessment of efforts to incorporate new media resources into their classrooms and sites.
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