Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet (PUC)
Department of History, Political Science, and Economics
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2016
SULB 262 (PUC Library Lab), Purdue University Calumet
(A free boxed lunch will be provided.)
A survey by the American Historical Association (AHA) indicates that the majority of history faculty have never used digital tools, spatial data or digital platforms to conduct their teaching, learning, and research. High school teachers and students have long been interested in developing digital and spatial tools for social studies, but due to the steep learning curve, they lack the necessary technological experience to visualize history, government, economics and social studies. A key reason cited is the lack of training opportunities.
A Training Workshop for Digital and Spatial Social Studies is designed to train high school teachers and students in the Northwest Indiana area to engage in digital and spatial teaching and learning in the fields of social studies, such as history, government and economics. The workshop aims at providing general methodologies and technologies, applicable to a broad field of social studies.
This FREE workshop will be limited to twenty five (25) teachers and students from the Northwest Indiana area. The participants will focus on data visualization, mapping and network related to specific topics: 1) US presidential elections (1992-2012); 2) US mega churches in 2013; 3) US racial and ethnic populations (1850-2010); 4) American slavery (1790-1860); 5) US urban and rural population (1800-2010); and 6) Chinese religions (see attached samples). But we welcome anyone interested in simply exploring these tools and observing some applications. Participants will be engaged through the formats of faculty lecture, hands-on sessions and individual tutoring. No prior experience, skill or knowledge of digital and spatial social studies is required. A basic knowledge of Excel, Word, GIF and Google Maps is recommended.
The expected take-away for participants are: 1) enhancing their general understanding of spatial social studies; 2) improving their spatial and digital skills and proficiency, and 3) developing digital and spatial projects on social studies.
1) Dr. George Hong is a professor of history, director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet (http://blogs.purduecal.edu/cgs/), and co-director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, West Lafayette(https://www.purdue.edu/crcs/).
Dr. Hong has received two grants of $700,000 as a Principal Investigator (PI) from the Henry Luce Foundation (2011-2016) in support of his research on the digital and spatial study of religion and society (http://religioninchina.org/default.aspx). He and his graduate assistants have published 10 research articles in the field of digital and spatial study in the past four years.
2) Mr. Jeffery Jin, a graduate assistant at PUC, has been working with Dr. Hong’s research project on the digital and spatial study of religion and society since 2013.
Schedule and Location:
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2016 in SULB 262 (PUC Library Lab), PUC. The link to our campus map is: http://centers.pnw.edu/campusmap/
Registration form for the workshop is listed below. The deadline for registration is March 1, 2016. Please mail your registration form to Dr. George Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org. A free boxed lunch will be provided.
Please contact Dr. George Hong at email@example.com or (219) 989-4154 if you have any questions.
Training Workshop on the Digital and Spatial Social Studies
Name: ______________________________ Name of High School: ______________________
Email: _____________________________ Telephone: ________________________________
Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________
Teaching Areas (for teacher):____________________________________________________
Years in the School (for student):_________________________________________________
Please send your registration form to Dr. George Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2016.
Selected Samples of the Digital and Spatial Social Studies
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