Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gear-Up KY Summer Academy bridges history and technology at the Special Collections Research Center

Students in the Gear-Up class worked with
historical methods of communication
June 24 through the 26 the Special Collections Research Center hosted rising tenth graders from across Kentucky participating in the Gear-Up KY Summer Academy 2014. Students rotated through five different learning stations where they compared historical methods of communication and documents (telegrams, postcards, diaries, carte de visites, and pocket travel guides), with social media and current communication technologies (texting, Pinterest, blogs, Flickr, and MapQuest).   
Education and Outreach Archivist Jaime Marie Burton developed the active learning stations and coordinated with Gear-Up organizers to prepare the event.  Special Collections Research Center faculty and staff Ruth Bryan, Sarah Dorpinghaus, Megan Mummey, and Stacie Mari Williams also assisted students during classes.  Students recorded their findings, summarized what they learned during the session, and were provided a prompt for their daily program journal.  The sessions helped Gear-Up students practice their resource evaluation skills and get hands-on experience with historical artifacts and primary sources as part of the larger Gear-Up curriculum.

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