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Technology in History Classes
Much More than Word Processing

Karen Pinto, Assistant Professor of History, is an Islamic and Middle Eastern History specialist. Her specific research interest is in Islamic maps and map makers. She delights in sharing her passion for her broader subject as well as her research with her students. In order to do this effectively she utilizes technology to keep her students informed and involved. Of course, she uses her class Moodle web sites extensively for this purpose. In fact Karen’s Moodle sites may be among the most extensive, carefully laid out and complete in the college. However, her use of technology goes far beyond Moodle. Karen has used Skype to provide her students face-to-face contact with people living in the Middle East. This semester Karen is using the video game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, to provide students with the feel of the Turkish city of Constantinople (Istanbul) at the time of the Crusades. Technology is providing her courses with a dimension that augments and goes beyond standard student research and paper writing. Students experience their subject matter on a completely different level. They use these experiences as a spring board for their learning and research. Full Story

Ottoman History students together with Professor Karen Pinto (with X-box controls) gathered in front of an image from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

How the AV Team Spent Spring Break

Digital Learning Center in Room 30 of McKnight Hall. Insert (lower right) shows inside the back of the cabinet and the wiring necessary for connecting the many devices

Since the 1990’s digital learning centers have been an important part of the classroom. The task of installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting the installations is the responsibility of Travis Mathna , Audio Visual Systems Integration Specialist, and Mark Rosensteel, Instructional Media Specialist. There is one constant in technology: “nothing is constant”. Equipment not only improves, it changes drastically. TV and projection devices have gone from analog to digital to HDMI. Video devices go from tape to DVD, to Blu-Ray, and equipment is constantly becoming more green. In response to this, Travis and Mark have been replacing the original classroom learning centers with vastly improved truly digital, up-to-date centers. During the summer breaks, they have been upgrading the campus building-by-building. Scheduled for this summer was the last classroom building to be upgraded, McKnight Hall. There are seven classrooms in the building that have digital learning centers. Full Story

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