Center for Digital History and Education and New Media Studio Develop iPad App

The Center for Digital History and Education (CDHE) and the New Media Studio have developed an iPad app based on their recent project, “Children’s Lives at Colonial London Town: The Stories of Three Families.”  The app is now available for free in the Apple App Store here.

“Children’s Lives at Colonial London Town: The Stories of Three Families” is an interactive exploration into the lives of children who actually lived in colonial America. The navigation and enhanced content enliven the stories of three families in London Town, Maryland from before the Revolutionary War.

A screenshot from the new app.

A screenshot from the new app.

The app features include interactive timelines, historical and thematic maps, image galleries, a clickable glossary of terms and people, and a teaching guide.

The stories were written by elementary school teachers in graduate course work at UMBC, under the direction of Marjoleine Kars, chair of history. Rachel Brubaker, CDHE, directed the digital project. Bill Shewbridge, director of the New Media Studio, oversaw the app design.

“Children’s Lives at Colonial London Town” builds on a successful grant partnership between the CDHE, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and Historic London Town and Gardens. Funding for the project was provided by the United States Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant Program.

A companion website was developed in 2012. The project received the 2012 Social Studies Program of Excellence Award from the Middle States Regional Council for the Social Studies, an affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies.