Is Technology Altering Our History?
WINNIPEG, Nov. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Teachers at every grade level are
increasingly using an array of electronic devices including interactive
whiteboards, tablet computers, video cameras and YouTube to enhance
their history classes. The impact of many of these trends on education
and learning is huge. The volume of information and the diversity of
sources available online has never been greater. Students are coming
into the classroom pre-wired with content, but whose stories are they
hearing and is it really history? The role of the teacher is more
important than ever, since they have the opportunity to shape the way
today's students view, collect and use this newfound wealth of
Stéphane Lévesque, Associate Professor of History Education at the
University of Ottawa and a speaker at the upcoming Canada's History Forum at the Canadian War Museum will join the conversation with leading educators and historians by
introducing his research into how technology is changing the way
students learn. Lévesque and over 150 of Canada's top educators,
community leaders, historians, museum curators and content producers
will discuss how technology is creating new opportunities, and new
threats, to our ability to access the past and better understand our
Deborah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada's History remarked, "On
the one hand we have an unprecedented and seemingly endless supply of
information about our distant past being uploaded online, completely
unfiltered, but fully available." Morrison added, "but on the other
hand, the records of the history we are making today have never been
more precarious. Photos, documents, and first-hand accounts are stored
on discs, USB keys, and virtual clouds that can disappear or be
manipulated as easily as a password is forgotten. In this world, the
historical thinking process is fast becoming more important than the
facts and dates themselves."
On Monday, November 18th at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place) in Ottawa from 1 pm - 5:30 pm, Canada's History will present the sixth annual Canada's History Forum.
This year's topic focusses on 'Is Technology Altering Our History?'
An initiative of Canada's History Society, and produced with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage
and Enbridge Inc., the National History Forum will for much of
the programme feature students teaching adults, including a special
premiere screening of the National Winners of the Heritage Fairs-Young
Citizens student video project at the opening ceremonies.
There are still a few seats remaining to attend the event on site but
Canadians can also watch a live broadcast of the presentations. To
register and to view the complete program, visit CanadasHistory.ca/HistoryForum
Some of this year's presenters include:
Kate Hennessy (Assistant Professor & media anthropologist at Simon Fraser
University's School of Interactive Arts & Technology). Hennessy will
discuss the Inuvialuit Living History Project as an example of how new
technologies and collaborative research practices are opening up our
history to new voices and new perspectives.
Neil Stephenson (past recipient of the Governor General's Awards for Excellence in
Teaching Canadian History) will lead a hands-on iPad workshop with
Grade 10 students from Glebe Collegiate Institute. Students will create
a new virtual exhibition drawing from a collection of artifacts they
identify themselves among the Canadian War Museum's collection.
Dave Cormier (Project Lead for Student Relations Management at University of Prince
Edward Island). Cormier has organized online communities of teachers,
published online courses and established practical classroom uses of
virtual worlds. He'll make the case for how online learning rather
than traditional lectures is transforming 21st Century classrooms creating new opportunities for museums and other
historical groups with content to share.
Devon Elliott (PhD student in history at Western University). Elliott will conduct a
hands-on session with students from Carleton University to demonstrate
state of the art technologies such as data mining tools, 3D printers,
and depth cameras that will become standard tools for research within
the next decade.
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable organization
devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society also produces the Governor General's History Awards to celebrate excellence in the field and encourage more discovery,
celebrations and understanding about our rich history and culture.
More details can be found at CanadasHistory.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's History
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Maverick Media Solutions
President & CEO, Canada's History Society