Teachers Give Minnesota Historical Society Interactive Learning Program Top Marks

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Release dated: 
October 6, 2011
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Julianna Olsen
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651-259-3039
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Wendy Jones
Minnesota History Center
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wendy.jones@mnhs.org


Teachers Give Minnesota Historical Society Interactive Learning Program Top Marks

A hands-on, high-energy learning program developed by the Minnesota Historical Society earned a coveted Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

"History Live" is being honored for outstanding educational programming through video conferencing. The award is based exclusively on feedback from teachers who have used interactive video conferencing programs in their classrooms.

"History Live," based out of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, beams live, active lessons about important chapters in Minnesota history into classrooms across the state using video conferencing technology. Museum educators portray historical characters who guide students through lively, in-depth lessons. Students analyze historical objects, photos and documents, and also get out of their seats to role play.

Getting kids actively involved in what they are learning makes all the difference according to Wendy Jones, Head of Education Programs at the Minnesota History Center.

“Teachers have been telling us 'History Live' really helps their students understand, enjoy and remember what they are learning,” Jones said. “Now the Pinnacle Award confirms that.”

"History Live"is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.