This paper presents the integration of new technologies into a study of select historical sites for Kindergarten through twelfth grade or for higher education within Michigan. The interdisciplinary experimental approach blurs traditional lines between new technologies and hands-on teaching by combining architecture, art history, digital photography, graphic design and web design to create a historically significant site for use by students and faculty. Collaborative efforts among educators, designers, and historians, often include conventional research methods of literature review, on-site hand sketches, and photography, but also experimented with new 360 degree panoramic digital photography. The two dimensional digital imageries taken were converted to online movies of virtual tours of those sites. Viewers of the web site are able to click on site images at http://www.ehs.cmich.edu/interiordesign/historicaldesign/index.htm which are linked to the student research essays, online articles, bibliography and related online archives. Results suggest positive student learning experiences as well as advanced levels of investigation, comprehension, and engagement. The experimental interdisciplinary approach is also an innovative pedagogical opportunity to expand the on-site learning experience to a virtual one for a broader audience.
|Keywords:||Interdisciplinary Approach, 360 Degree Panoramic Photography, Web Design, Multimedia Technologies|
undergraduate student, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA
Associate Professor, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA
Student, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA
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