eTech Ohio announces that the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University is the winner of the Ohio Mobile Apps Development Contest. The Center's mobile application (or app), Cleveland Historical, won the top prize selected by a panel of seven judges from across Ohio.
The Ohio Mobile Apps Development Contest was launched in February 2011 at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. The apps, submitted for judging on June 1, were required to be unique to Ohio, free of charge and specifically developed for the contest. Intended to showcase Ohio app developers and to promote the use of mobile technologies, the contest has produced several new apps that are now available at the Ohio iTunes U store and the Android Market.
"The Ohio Mobile Apps Development Contest resulted in a variety of apps for Ohio learners and highlighted the pool of talented developers we have in our state," said Kate Harkin, executive director of eTech Ohio. "eTech Ohio congratulates Cleveland State for developing the top-ranked app and thanks all participating developers for their thoughtful and inventive entries."
The Cleveland Historical app locates people, places and events of note in Cleveland history and provides interpretive historical tours of the city. Each point on the interactive GPS-enabled map includes historical information about the site along with historic images from Cleveland's top archival institutions. Many sites also include audio clips and short documentary videos.
Cleveland Historical is a collaborative project with stories created by teachers, students, professors and community members, and is curated by the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities. The app was developed by Dr. Mark Tebeau, Dr. Mark Souther, and Erin Bell.
"It's a great honor for Cleveland Historical to have been selected as winner of the eTech Ohio Mobile Apps Development Contest," said Dr. Mark Tebeau, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State. "Through Cleveland Historical, we've developed both a technology and an approach to research, teaching and learning that transforms K-16 students into interpreters of American, Ohio and Cleveland history."
The prize for the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University's winning app is five complimentary registrations to the 2012 Ohio Educational Technology Conference. The apps developed in the contest are available at the iTunes store and the Android Market, free of charge.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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