Neighborhood Stories: Looking Into the Past to Map the Future

A Humanities+Tech Approach
Update Nov. 12, 2019: See this recap of the event.
This is the second event in the Humanities+Tech series. Educators in and around Pittsburgh are invited to register for the workshop; if interested please email: The general public is welcome to attend the Historic Pittsburgh Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. New America will host a table at the fair to showcase ideas emerging from the Humanities+Tech series.

Today’s students are growing up surrounded by digital tools, media and realities. Both teachers and students need to learn new ways to map and understand their world.

Maps have the power to pique that interest while also building students’ deeper understanding about our region, its history, its demographics, and the challenges and possibilities for future connection across Pittsburgh. In this professional development workshop, educators will get an introduction to a vast array of free resources available digitally from the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the CREATE Lab at CMU. This training, which includes ample time for interaction with building lessons and sharing with others, is targeted to teachers in grades 6 through 12. Bring a laptop if you have one.

This workshop will provide 3 ACT 48 credit hours for teachers.

Workshop Schedule:

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Training: Creative Ways to Use Historic Data and Digital Maps in the Classroom

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Discussion with Sunanna Chand of Remake Learning and Andy Mink of the National Humanities Center

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn and Share at the Historic Pittsburgh Fair

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About the Humanities+Tech Connected Conversations Series:

Communities around the country are grappling with how to cope with the impact of new technologies and harness their power while preserving or rebuilding a sense of social connection and empowerment in their neighborhoods. In 2019, New America is embarking upon a first-of-its kind "connected conversations" series that explores how to use the tools of the humanities (including techniques used in the arts, history, and storytelling) to do this work, gaining a better understanding of both the implications of technology and of people's needs. Through events led by local partners that are focused on inclusivity and engagement, this series is designed to help forge new connections and help people envision positive pathways for human development and innovation across educational institutions, tech companies, libraries and museums, and the business community.

This series is produced by New America with communities in and around Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, in partnership with Remake Learning and other local organizations. Many thanks to the Grable Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for their support of the series.

Follow the conversation online using #ConnectedConversations and following @cmucreatelab @carnegielibrary @HistoryCenter @NatlHumanities @remakelearning and @NewAmericaEd.

Past events:

July 24, 2019
Learning Power: Examining the Future Of Education Amid Automation and Artificial Intelligence
Falk Laboratory School at the University of Pittsburgh
4060 Allequippa Street Pittsburgh, PA 15216

For more information about this event, please see our recap blog.