App That Helps Students Dive into Black History Using AR
Immersive technology lets students learn about Black historical figures on their phones. The nonprofit educational technology firm Movers & Shakers NYC has created the free mobile app Kinfolk that transports students to an augmented reality (AR)space where they can walk up to virtual “monuments” of 10 famous Black historical figures and learn their stories. Students can hear a narration about these individuals, read their biographies, look at artifacts from the historical figures’ lives, and learn about the time period in which they lived and their accomplishments. Early in the design process, Movers & Shakers NYC partnered with the Langston League to involve educators and students. The mobile app and accompanying curriculum serve as a jumping-off point for teachers and students, allowing them to delve into topics that span the whole canon of Black history. The idea is that students will be inspired to go on a scavenger hunt through the primary source archives to learn more. While the app is open to the public through the Google and Appleapp stores, the Movers & Shakers team is working with schools to bring the AR app to students. The team will launch another app, Unsung, a multiplayer AR learning experience that will highlight four Black women singers. The Unsung app will be released by Verizon to 100 Title I middle schools nationwide later this fall. Cost: Kinfolk app is free; price to be determined for Unsung app
Through the National Youth Summit, the National Museum of American History offers classrooms the opportunity to wrestle with history and take on challenging conversations, setting the stage for ongoing discussions through the school.
Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here are curated resources for celebrating and teaching students about Hispanic heritage.
The NEA Foundation’s Envision Equity Grants provide educators across the nation with opportunities to lead an equity-focused reimagining of public education, encouraging students’ love of learning and the best possible educational experience for every child.