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Update: GeoHistorian Project Adds Videos on Kent Landmarks

Kent fifth-graders help preserve history for Kent State's GeoHistorian project.

In June, we told you about a cool new history project tackled by Kent grade school students to document historic landmarks around Kent via video.

The GeoHistorian Project was started by Thomas McNeal and Mark van’t Hooft from Kent State’s Research Center of Educational Technology. The two researchers teamed up with two fifth-grade classes at to create the first series of videos documenting the landmarks. 

QR codes — bar code-like graphics — were then placed on the landmarks, so the videos can be accessed using smart phones tand tablets to scan the codes.

Since our first story, when 11 videos were finished, the project has added a lot more videos documenting historic Kent landmarks, including the Twin Coach Company, and , so check them out.

This latest batch of videos was created with help from three fifth-grade classes at — one of the buildings featured in the narrated videos.

Michael Pacifico January 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Great work! It is important that young people appreciate the history of where they grow up. I thank them for their efforts.
Mark van 't Hooft January 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thanks for posting the update. What's missing in the article is that the second set of videos was created by three fifth grade classes at Davey Elementary School :) And even though we're done for this year, we are looking for ways to continue this project. There are still plenty of sites in and around Kent that could be added.
Kasha Legeza January 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Some out-of-town family members visited me in October and they were blown away by this awesome project! Thanks, Kent State and local schoolchildren!
Matt Fredmonsky January 05, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Thanks for the info Mark.
Larry Burgess January 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM
This is an outstanding project between KSU and Davey Elementary School! DVD videos need to be made available to aid the school systems income.

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