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Title: History Maker
Center: NCER Year: 2018
Principal Investigator: Schell, Jesse Awardee: Schell Games
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (5/12/2018 1/12/2019) Award Amount: $199,343
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990018C0028

In this project, the team will develop a prototype of History Maker, a virtual reality (VR) content creation tool, where students and teachers produce digital movies to be used as reports and/or presentations about particular historical topics. Within the platform, students will research primary sources documents, write scripts, and act scenes from history. Student work will be presented in VR to teachers and other students. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study in three middle school history classrooms, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether students are able to produce digital shows, and if the prototype shows promise for improving student learning outcomes in history.