History is also a verb.
“Interactive” is a word used perhaps too much in many public arenas. True interactivity involves the user profoundly, and that experience is at the core of history education. Interactivity involves choice, and the ability for the user to unravel the historical record in his or her own way. We at HistoriQuest are dedicated to the thoughtful development of transformative educational user experiences.
Then in the digital now.
Digitizing resources is an investment that pays a wealth of dividends: facilitation of collection control, presentation of documents and artifacts to the public, and creation of strong platforms for future digital development. HistoriQuest prides itself on its ability to help groups curate and present their archival treasures in print, on the web, and in mobile platforms. When these resources are placed in their geographic context, institutions can claim their place in the wider world.
Stories move users.
In truly interactive experiences, users are driven by
the story and to
the story. Users can be drawn geographically to places they've never been, allowing institutions to capitalize on location and to gain the support of tourism agencies and local businesses. Technology is a powerful tool for moving users, but often technology can repel or create disinterest. HistoriQuest gives careful attention to the accessibility of technology to the general public, even “non-technical” people.
HistoriQuest was founded by a public school Social Studies and college History teacher with a wide range of technical and academic skills in order to offer creative solutions for the deployment of technology and education-based resources for museums, historical societies, tourism agencies, schools, and other institutions.
Our organization is also dedicated to offering highly interactive and educationally effective user experiences. In particular, we strive to meet specific educational, technological, and tourism challenges:
- Sites rarely offer real educational interactivity.
- The internet alone has not really “knocked down museum walls.”
- Physical activity and mental challenge are integral parts of learning.
- User freedom and choice are integral parts of learning experiences.
- There are a vast number of communities with ignored but valuable stories to tell.
- Mobile technology can help to positively settle the land ownership and zoning controversies in public history.
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