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Coverage for grant HD-51129-10

The GeoHistorian Project
Mark van't Hooft, Kent State University

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QR Codes Provide Link to Kent's Past (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Nathan Edwards
Publication: Kent Patch
Date: 6/27/2011
Abstract: Kent’s history can now be accessed with your smart phone. QR codes — bar code-like graphics — have been placed on 11 historical landmarks around Kent. Anyone with a smart phone and a QR app reader can scan one of the codes to watch a video about the landmark. The codes and videos are part of an initiative called the GeoHistorian Project.

Kent Students make history come alive (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Kyle McDonald
Publication: Record Courier
Date: 6/2/2011
Abstract: Kent’s historical sites soon will have bonus content for smartphone users. Walls Elementary School fifth-graders have worked hand-in-hand with the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University and the Kent Historical Society to share the history of 10 of Kent’s landmarks through digital storytelling. When visiting a Kent historical site, smartphone owners will be able to scan a soon-to-be-installed QR code and view an audio-slideshow presentation on YouTube, put together by Walls fifth-graders. The installations should be finalized between June and July. The “GeoHistorian Project” is the brainchild of KSU technology researchers Mark van ‘t Hooft and Thomas McNeal.

Cell Phone Geohistorians Assist Students in Cataloguing Historic Sites (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Tyler Norris
Publication: e-inside
Date: 7/19/2010
Abstract: McNeal is working with local schools to put the 2-D barcodes throughout Portage County. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will create video, audio and websites about local historical sites. The projects will go online to a mobile-browsing supported site and link to a 2-D barcode. Anyone with a smart phone can scan the codes to download short video and audio clips, no longer than two minutes, explaining the site.

Fifth graders create walking tour of Kent (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Megan Tomlinson
Publication: ASNE2011, Reynolds High School Journalism Institute @ Kent State
Date: 7/28/2011
Abstract: "It happened May 4, 1970 – a shooting that brought Kent State University to the nation’s attention. A memorial on the Kent State campus tells the story of that tragic event, but as one walks off campus, old brick buildings suggest the Ohio town has history that began long before the university ever existed. A current project offers insight into Kent’s past. The GeoHistorian Project has helped to make some Kent elementary school students local experts who have developed digital stories about historical sites within the community."

Kent State Partners With Elementary Students and Historical Society on GeoHistorian Project (Media Coverage)
Author(s): No author
Publication: eInside
Date: 8/29/2011
Abstract: "Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology collaborated with fifth-grade students at Walls Elementary School and the Kent Historical Society to share the history of 11 Kent city landmarks through digital storytelling. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the GeoHistorian project was spearheaded in the fall 2010 by Mark van ‘t Hooft and Thomas McNeal, center staff members."

Update: GeoHistorian Project Adds Videos on Kent Landmarks (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Matt Fredmonsky
Publication: Kent Patch
Date: 1/5/2012
Abstract: Since our first story, when 11 videos were finished, the project has added a lot more videos documenting historic Kent landmarks, including the Twin Coach Company, Ray's Place and Stoddard's Frozen Custards, so check them out.

Young GeoHistorians Discover Kent History (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Iris Harvey
Publication: Kent State Magazine
Date: 3/1/2012
Abstract: Descriptive article about the GeoHistorian Project.

Two GeoHistorian markers have been installed by fifth graders (Media Coverage)
Publication: Record Courier
Date: 5/22/2012
Abstract: Brief article about dedication of two QR code markers at participating local elementary school.