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Configuring History

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance through Virtual Reality Cityscapes

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James J. Sosnoski, Patricia Harkin and Bryan Carter

The multidisciplinary essays in Configuring History describe how teachers can use virtual reality technology to teach the Harlem Renaissance. Describing in detail the construction of Virtual Harlem, Bronzeville, and Montmartre – all important sites in African American cultural history – the essays delineate the technologies employed in the construction of these cityscapes and the learning theory – configuring history – that informs the project. The book provides a model of a collaborative learning network, linking classrooms at universities in the United States and in Europe, and demonstrates the importance of collaboration between the sciences and the humanities for the future development of instructional technologies.
Contents: Tom DeFanti: Preface – James J. Sosnoski/Patricia Harkin/Bryan Carter: Virtual Experiences: Remediated Incarnations of Time and Space – Patricia Harkin: Understanding Virtual Experiences by Configuring Them – James J. Sosnoski: Configuring African-American Culture as Virtual Experiences of History – William Plummer: Why Engineers Are Interested in Projects Like Virtual Harlem – Bryan Carter: Virtual Harlem in the Beginning: Retrospective Reflections – James J. Sosnoski/Timothy Portlock: A Design for Narrating History in Virtual Reality Scenarios – Janice Tuck Lively: Writing a Narrative for Virtual Harlem: A Learning Experience – Georgia Tappan: «A Girl’s Life» in Virtual Harlem – Veronica Watson: A Teacher’s View of Virtual Harlem – Brenda Eatman Aghahowa: The Digital Divide and Langston Hughes: Bridging the Gap through the Virtual Harlem Project – Jim Pyfer: The Technologies Used in the Virtual Harlem Project – Andrew Johnson: Virtual Reality as Instructional Technology: The CAVE as Classroom Electronic Literacy – Kyoung Park/Andrew Johnson/Jason Leigh: Integrating Technology in the Distance Learning Classroom – Patricia Harkin: The VERITAS Studies and the Articulation of Cultural History – Bryan Carter: Jazzing Our Way from Harlem to Bronzeville to Paris: The VERITAS Studies – Marie-Madeleine Martinet/Liliane Gallet-Blanchard: Virtual Montmartre: Structure and Function – Chris White: Some Notes on Constructing Virtual Bronzeville – James J. Sosnoski: The Technological Design of Virtual Bronzeville – David Richardson: Digital Communication and Collaboration: Marratech - One Tool to Consider – Ken McAllister: In on the Job: Praxis, Critique, and the Evolution of Virtual Harlem – Steve Jones: Virtual Reality Technology and the Future of Education – James J. Sosnoski/Bryan Carter: A Proposal for Developing a Smart Collaborative Learning Network.