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Digital History Project: How Does a Society Respect And Honor Diversity And At The Same Time Create a Common Bond?

Alec Peck

Interim Associate Dean, Teacher Education, Lynch School of Education 

The overall purpose of this technology grant is to collaborate with the teachers and students at St. Columbkille Partnership School, which is jointly owned and operated by Boston College and the Archdiocese of Boston, on a community-wide initiative, Digital History project. The Digital History project will explore the theme of immigration through the overarching question: how does a society respect and honor diversity and at the same time create a common bond?

One of the Lynch School’s overarching goals is to prepare professional, collegial teachers who are committed to social justice education. St. Columbkille Partnership School shares this mission and works to deepen students’ connections to the community. Technology initiatives in K-12 schools are often disconnected from the curriculum. Teachers are exposed to technology through stand-alone professional development sessions that focus on the technical aspects of a particular tool. Teachers, as a result, struggle to successfully integrate technology into particular lessons and units. By collaborating with Facing History and using well-designed curricula, the Digital History team can focus on embedding technology into teachers’ and students’ classroom experiences. We plan to achieve these goals through the implementation of a Digital History project that combines high-quality curriculum material, from critically acclaimed Facing History, with pedagogy-rich professional development to facilitate student-generated digital works.