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Technology's Impact on American History:
NCHE offers new Teaching with Primary Sources colloquia for teachers


“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough - it is technology married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.”  -Steve Jobs
 

Recently, NCHE was awarded a Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant from the Library of Congress to deliver teacher professional development exploring the history of government’s role in shaping technology and promoting interdisciplinary links between history, science, and technology. Although technological innovation is often associated with inventors, private corporations, or free markets, the government also plays a decisive role in advancing technology. From the framing of the Constitution to the latest developments with autonomous vehicles, political leaders have both provided resources and helped define the context in which inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs pursue new technology. By issuing patents, providing subsidies for the construction of the Erie Canal or the transcontinental railroad, undertaking massive engineering projects like landing a man on the moon, or regulating the Internet, both the state and federal governments have promoted innovation and enabled technology to flourish in America. NCHE believes exploring the Library of Congress’s primary sources illustrating the role of government in technology will provide a unique lens for teachers and students.  Especially for this grant program, NCHE invited three prominent institutions to share their unique collections and perspectives with teachers; The Astronaut Memorial Foundation, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

 

NCHE will present three colloquia in 2017, each focused on a thematic topic illustrating government’s role in shaping technological innovation, open to teachers across the country.   The table below shows the themes, dates and locations for each colloquium.  Teachers unable to attend the colloquia may participate in online content webinars on the same topics to be scheduled in collaboration with the National Humanities Center.
 

 

Technology’s Impact in American History: A Primary Source Inquiry (TIAH)

 

Colloquium Topic/Dates Institution and Location Registration Link


NASA and Flight Technology

March 3-5, 2017
 


Astronaut Memorial Foundation

Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida
 


Technological Innovation and Patents

March 16-18, 2017
 


The United States Patent  and Trademark Offices
Alexandria, Virginia

 
Register


The Army and the Technology of Warfare

June 30-July 1, 2017
 


The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

 
Register


Each colloquium will be led by a historian, education specialist, and master teacher who will guide teachers in creating teaching materials using primary sources for their students.  Teacher stipends will be provided and those interested are encouraged to apply now as space is limited.


 


About NCHE

The National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught.