"Teaching History and Geography for the 21st Century through Digital Maps," an initiative which ran from January of 2014 through June of 2015, endeavored to develop Texas students’ understanding of local, national, and world history and geography through the use of digital maps. Six workshops designed by high school educators for high school educators introduced the concepts and theory of the digital humanities to teachers, who were then able to engage El Paso-area students with state-of-the-art history and geography research accessible online through Hypercities.com, Google Earth, and other Geographic Information System (GIS) sites. Utilizing the illustrative power of digital maps, the project explored the cultural, political, linguistic, economic, and social dynamics of the borderlands of the United States and Mexico, and the idea and concept of borders in the world.
Teachers who attended the workshops received lesson plans utilizing digital maps, a detailed description explaining the TEKS concepts covered by each lesson plan, a copy of Mills Kelly’s Teaching History in the Digital Age, and a guide to various digital humanities websites. Many of those resources are available on this website.