is a standards-based curriculum enhancement program that connects
learners to remote historical and cultural objects -- and the
people who know them best -- live over the Internet. Through partnerships
with local museums and historical sites, HistoryQuest.US also
enables learners to choose important objects, and teach distant
peers about important social and historical themes using web-based
distance learning technologies to bridge geographic barriers.
The goal of HistoryQuest.US is to bring students together virtually
in cooperative and community-building experiences that foster
a deeper understanding of the true issues at the heart
of history and contemporary culture. It aims to use close-up access
to important historical and cultural objects to stimulate appreciation
for history as more than just a set of dates.
HistoryQuest.US is unique in that participating students interact
live online with experts and with other students across
the nation, and around the globe. The live interaction includes
actual online voice discussion and a wide variety of stimulating
and exciting collaborative activities, including live show and
tell sessions and Q&A forums. In addition to live interaction
on the Web, participants also take part in a series of classroom-based
activities with their own teachers, do independent research at
nearby historic sites and museums, and join in asynchronous web-based
activities with remote peers.
The HistoryQuest.US program has been designed by Columbia University
Teacher's College Institute for Learning Technologies and Jonathan
Finkelstein, with ongoing guidance and support from several museums.