Synopsis: This project focuses on professional development for NYCDOE teachers who teach global history and geography. The workshops emphasize using digital sources to teach world history through the family histories of their students. Teachers and students will become citizen archivists by expanding the history of immigration, migration, and globalization.
This NHPRC-funded project employs inquiry-based approaches to family history to teach New York City Public School high school grade 10 students historical methods and thinking, while learning research and digital literacy skills. The goal of the project is to develop curricula and resources to inspire inquiry-based learning that addresses Grade 10 Units 5 and 6 of the NYC Social Studies Scope and Sequence, and to engage teachers and students in the research and re-use of extant, freely-available digital historical records, thus providing a model for wide-spread adoption in formal and informal education settings. The project further aims at educating teachers and students in the creation of personal digital archive records, and encourages contributing to “open” repositories and to local community archive projects, thereby expanding individual understanding of the technology and concepts behind personal archiving.