National Archives at Kansas City

Historypin, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and the National Archives Presents a WWI App User-Design Workshop for Educators

Press Release: May 31, 2016

Historypin, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and the National Archives Presents a WWI App User-Design Workshop for Educators

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…The National Archives has teamed with Historypin, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and a growing number of cultural heritage partners to develop an engaging WWI website and tablet app to dynamically highlight WWI content, inviting people nationwide to contribute their own stories and play a part in the centennial commemoration of the First World War. Building on an amazing moving image archive being digitized and preserved especially for the centennial, a flood of rarely seen, public domain images and films will encourage discovery and creative reuse.

Teachers and educators are invited to a free workshop the morning of Saturday, June 25, at the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Edward Jones Research Center. Those attending will get an early, behind the scenes look at the alpha version of the app, with the aim of exploring realistic scenarios for how the app and its growing set of rich primary source materials can be used in a classroom setting. This is an opportunity to influence how the National WWI App will be used in classrooms across the country and in Europe.

Historypin will be onsite to lead this small user design workshop and record critical feedback in preparation for the app’s beta release at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

As the centenary of the United States’ entering the Great War approaches, it becomes all the more important that students understand and acknowledge an event that spurred on such momentous change on a global scale. Educator experiences are invaluable to helping shape how the public might experience and share some of our nation’s most interesting WWI content starting in late 2016. If you are a teacher interested in 1:1 learning or working with iPads, being part of the design process, or would like to provide design input based on your in-class experience, we encourage you to join us for this fun and engaging workshop!

Additional workshop details:

  • Date and time: Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Location: National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
  • Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
  • Registration is free, but limited; please make a reservation by kansascity.educate@nara.gov or calling 816-268-8010. Educators will be asked to identify their school and district name with registration.
  • The app is optimized for iPads for its initial iteration; if you have your own iPad, please bring it. If instead you have a laptop, plan to use it. Bringing your own hardware is not required for registration but is encouraged.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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