New Technology Comes to the ARC
A Google Hangout with the Alamo Librarians!
The Alamo Research Center participated in an exciting new event this week. On Tuesday, January 14, we held a Google Hangout to present a virtual tour of the ARC to students across the state (and in fact, across the country!). 761 students from seven Texas fourth grade classes and one fifth grade class from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania attended the tour.
One past summer, Borchardt Elementary librarian Nancy Jo Lambert of Frisco, Texas, visited the DRT Library where staff showed her some of the fabulous documents and artifacts that we house here. She left wishing that her students from Frisco could visit the Alamo, but Dallas is a long way from San Antonio! She contacted the ARC director, Leslie Stapleton, this fall with a great new idea. Would we be interested in doing a Google Hangout with her students? A Google Hangout is a free video conferencing service with a live video and audio feed. Leslie said that we’d love to!
Leslie and Jaime first presented a Powerpoint presentation that included information about the ARC, a discussion of primary and secondary sources, and items from the DRT collection that could enhance what the students have been learning in the classroom about the Texas Revolution and the Alamo. Leslie was on the ARC’s main feed, and Jaime used her tablet to join as a secondary feed that the students could watch to see the artifacts live as Leslie talked about them. Jaime also took the students on a virtual trip to the vault where they could see how the documents are stored and cared for! Then we switched to a question and answer session. The students were able to submit questions on a website called Todaysmeet , and Leslie and Jaime answered as many as they could. We had so many questions submitted that we couldn’t get to them all!
Our first ARC Google Hangout was a huge success. It is also a creative use of new, readily available technology that allows students from all over the country to visit the Alamo! Librarians from Curtis Elementary and Borchardt Elementary who attended have blogged about the experience if you’d like to read more. We even got our own twitter mention at #AlamoGHO! If you are interested in working with us to hold a Google Hangout with your school, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call.
We had so much fun with the Google Hangout! Thanks, Nancy Jo!