Sunday, October 25, 2009

Augmented History: The Must Have IPhone App for History Buffs

I've recently seen the future of the history field trip.

A group of companies in Europe have developed an iphone application that allows tourists the ability to point their iphone cameras at a historical building and in real time see historical notes, and can even see what the building looked like in the past.

The app uses GPS and image recognition and is being billed as "a vitural time machine". Various points in Europe have already been included. If this technology takes off, someday soon you will be able to physically visit places like Independence Hall in Philadelphia, point your camera phone, and watch a digital reinactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence while you stand on the spot. How cool is that?!


Extra Credit- Create Your Own Augmented Reality App

1. Using the internet, a magazine, or other source find a current color photo of a historic location we are currently talking about. The photo should be fairly large (8"X11"). For example, since we are currently talking about early industrialization in the United States, you could have a present day photo of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory.

2. Use the internet, your textbook, or other source to research facts about the historic location.

3. Create "pull outs" (word balloons) with intersting facts about the historic location and paste them to the photo. Imagine that the picture is being used as an Augmented Reality App.

4. See Mr. Palmer if you have any questions.

5. This will replace a quiz grade.

Monday, October 5, 2009

You be the Judge: Is A School Ban on Wearing the Confederate Flag Constitutional?

Tom Defoe, a student at Anderson County High School (Tennessee) wore clothing depicting the Confederate flag and was suspended for insubordination when he refused to stop wearing the flag to school.

His parents sued the school for violation Tom's free speech. Tom testified in court that he wore the flag to express pride in his southern heritage.

The school testified that a number of racially charged incidents had happened at the school, some of which involved students displaying the flag. They also testified that the flag was offensive to African-American students and that it's display would be disruptive.

Should Tom's free speech be protected? Is the school right to bar displays of the Confederate flag because it might be offensive to some of the students? Does it matter that Tom is wearing it to express his southern heritage and not to offend others?

Log an answer to these questions on this blog and get one, two or three extra points on the Chapter 7 test on September 9, 2009!!! (You must leave your response here and turn in a print out to Mr. Palmer on or before September 9, 2009.)