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  • David Bogan Communications Coordinator/Cultural Education Specialist
  • iPod Heritage Trail

    1. 1. Illuminating Cumberland Island: Interpreting a Heritage Trail using Portable Electronic Technology Terminal Project Proposal Presentation Historic Preservation Program Sarah Helwick Lisle 22 February 2007
    2. 2. Cumberland Island: An Introduction
    3. 3. <ul><li>Research interpretive methods by National Parks for historic sites </li></ul><ul><li>Determine how portable electronic technology can be utilized as an educational tool </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and explain appropriate evaluation methods for the exhibit </li></ul><ul><li>Research the five periods of cultural history of Cumberland Island as identified by the park service </li></ul><ul><li>Create at least one portable exhibit complete with scripts, images, and interactive content accessible by a website </li></ul>Major Goals and Objectives
    4. 4. Portable Electronic Technology and M-Learning M-learning is the term given to the delivery of training by means of mobile devices such as Mobile Phones, PDAs and digital audio players. M-learners are seeking lessons in small, manageable formats that they can undertake when it suits them. From Wikipedia.org
    5. 5. The portable exhibit <ul><li>Exhibit Downloaded from Website ( Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail ) </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Content </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Content: Still Images and Video </li></ul>
    6. 6. Reasons for Engaging in this Topic <ul><li>Cost-effective </li></ul><ul><li>Little impact on landscape and historic resources </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored interpretive planning </li></ul><ul><li>Access to remote sites </li></ul>
    7. 7. Key Questions and Issues <ul><li>What methods are currently used to interpret historic resources in National parks? </li></ul><ul><li>How is portable technology being utilized as an educational tool? </li></ul><ul><li>What methods are currently being used to interpret the history of Cumberland Island? </li></ul><ul><li>What are Cumberland Island's interpretive needs? </li></ul><ul><li>How can these needs be met using portable technology? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Project Scope and Limits <ul><li>Focus on historic, not natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on one period of cultural history </li></ul><ul><li>At least one exhibit will be created complete with website that includes maps, instructional informational, and downloadable content </li></ul><ul><li>Website will establish framework for the addition of future exhibits </li></ul>
    9. 9. Student's Current Level of Preparation . <ul><li>I have a general knowledge of the history of Cumberland Island and have visited many </li></ul><ul><li>times. I have been in contact with the park and they are very supportive and </li></ul><ul><li>excited about the potential of this project. A research trip will take place in late </li></ul><ul><li>March. At the park I will evaluate the site and its resources to establish the trail and </li></ul><ul><li>determine stopping points. With a background in education and website </li></ul><ul><li>development, I am prepared to create an educational exhibit as well. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Methods to be Employed <ul><li>Research interpretation theory and methods </li></ul><ul><li>Research theory and methods of mobile learning </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct site evaluation to determine way-finding and stopping points </li></ul><ul><li>Develop audio and visual components for portable exhibit </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and design website to house downloadable material </li></ul>
    11. 11. Intended Audience The main audience for this project is the staff and visitors of Cumberland Island National Seashore, the National Park Service, and other practitioners of education and interpretation.