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Software to Help High School Students Use Museum Objects in Historical Inquiry Presenter: Ronald Marx Bob Bain Meilan Zhang Funded by Department of Education (1998-2002) Partnership among Hi-ce, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, and two high schools in Detroit area.

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Software to Help High School Students Use Museum Objects in Historical Inquiry

Presenter: Ronald Marx

Bob Bain

Meilan Zhang

primary sources network project overview
Funded by Department of Education (1998-2002)

Partnership among Hi-ce, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, and two high schools in Detroit area.

Research and development project

Science curriculum units:

Extreme Structure

Cell phone

Battery

Social studies curriculum units:

History

Geography

Primary Sources NetworkProject overview
virtual expedition overview
“Virtual Expedition” Overview
  • What is “Virtual Expedition”?
    • Software to help high school students use museum objects in their scientific and historical inquiry.
  • Virtual Expedition program has two parts:
    • Science VE is embedded into extreme structure curriculum
    • History VE is embedded into history curriculum
  • Using primary sources in Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
    • Develop virtual reality tools for houses
    • Collect substantial sources about the houses
history curriculum overview 1
History Curriculum Overview 1
  • Support teachers and students as they develop and extend their historical knowledge and thinking skills.
  • Unique in that it builds upon and uses:
    • State and national standards,
    • A disciplined-inquiry approach to history and social science,
    • Specially-designed technology to support student inquiry, and
    • Resources from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
history curriculum overview 2
History Curriculum Overview 2
  • Driving questions in the curriculum:
    • Why did so many people move to Northern industrial cities in the twentieth century?
    • What adaptations did people and communities make in relation to this migratory trend?
    • What explains the more recent population decline in these cities and the rapid expansion of their suburbs?
  • Disciplinary inquiry
    • Frame problems—Seek evidence—Analyze evidence—Present findings
  • Curriculum units:
    • Introduction
    • Unit 1 Intro to Historical Inquiry
    • Unit 2 European Migration to American Cities: Detroit, 1910-1924
    • Unit 3 The great Migration, 1920-1950
    • Unit 4 Suburbanization, 1945-Present
why virtual expedition
Why “Virtual Expedition”?
  • Research on history teaching and learning
  • How historians and high school students think differently?
    • Example:
        • Reading sources
        • Using museum objects
why virtual expedition7
Why “Virtual Expedition”?
  • Obstacles to students effectively using museum resources
    • Connect museum objects to inquiry
    • Interrogate objects
    • Locate and use the “hidden” museum resources
    • One shot problems
      • one-shot field trips
      • one-shot questions and answers
      • one-shot investigations
      • one-shot conversations
ve design
VE design
  • Help students connect museum objects to their inquiry
  • Help students locate and use the “hidden” museum resources
  • Help students interrogate objects
  • Address one-shot problems
tools in ve
”Tools” in VE
  • View sources tool
    • Sourcing tool
    • Comparing tool
  • Comparing objects tool
  • Enlarge objects tool
  • X-ray objects tool
work this year
Work this year
  • Create QTVR tool for Sojourner housing project
  • Collect sources for Sojourner housing project
  • Conduct usability test