Cupids 400 with DELT Team, originally uploaded by John Guy2010.
“Back to the Future” with Three Information and Communication Technology [ICT] Educational Learning Resources
At a media conference on November 2, 2010 at The Battery Hotel and Suites, St. John’s, NL, the board of directors of Cupids 400 Inc. unveiled an Education Legacy Initiative encompassing three Internet Computer Technology [ICT] areas: virtual world technology, mobile learning, and multimedia curriculum resources.
Along with the Cupids Legacy Centre, the education initiative is designed to be a lasting legacy from Cupids 400 for the youth of Newfoundland and Labrador. This technology-based project, developed over a two-year period, was a partnership with Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) – the university’s online and distance education provider.
Andrew Mercer, who spearheaded the initiative for Cupids 400 Inc. said, “Empowering our youth with robust knowledge and appreciation of their past can ensure the legacy of their culture and heritage. Cupids 400 Inc. recognized this fact and has facilitated the creation of several education initiatives designed to raise awareness of the historical events surrounding the settling of Cupids in 1610 and its national significance as the Birthplace of English Canada.”
Second Life Cupids
Second Life Cupids
Through expert technological resources provided by DELT, the settlement of 1612 Cupids was created in the virtual world of Second Life. In Second Life, Cupids visitors join John Guy on a tour of a life-sized replica of his plantation circa 1612 or take part in a video game-like learning activity where they can veiw authentic structures and characters of that initial settlement 400 years ago. Second Life Cupids is one of the most ambitious Second Life virtual environments ever developed and is an invaluable learning and entertainment resource for young and old alike.
Second Life Cupids can be accessed here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cupids%201/107/184/811/ >>
Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT, with Development Team
Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT, is honoured to be the educational partner in a project that is so important to the community. “Community development is a vital part of our advancement and value as an organization here at DELT,” says Ms. Vaughan. “We believe wholeheartedly in preserving history so that present and future generations continue to have a solid sense of where they came from, through the rich storytelling culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. We feel enriched to have had the opportunity to work with the Town of Cupids, to ensure that their historical tales remain current through the use of educational technology.”
Free Cupids 400 iPhone /iPad App
William Gilbert – iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Mobile learning offers exciting new opportunities for learners to explore historical content. Cupids 400 Inc. and Memorial University developed a free Cupids 400 iPhone App that takes advantage of this new educational medium. The App is GPS activated and allows the user to find detailed information about 8 sites in Cupids.
Download the Cupids App: itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cupids400/id372761490?mt=8 > >
iPad, iPhone App for Cupids – GPS Activated
Mulimedia Learning Resource to Supplement Provincial Curricula
Through consultation with the provincial Department of Education, Cupids 400 Inc. has created multimedia learning resources to supplement existing provincial curricula in numerous grade levels. The resources, comprised of thought provoking activities centered on John Guy and the Cupids legacy, are available to teachers and students throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mike Buist describes the Education Legacy Initiative
More photos on Flickr about the Educational Legacy Initiative Press Conference > >
For further information, please contact Mike Buist, event manager/media contact for Cupids 400 Inc., at (709) 699-5432 or email@example.com