Dorel Shanon (standing), facilitates a breakout group discussion at a team meeting. Pictured from left to right: Dale McCreedy of the Franklin Institute; Joanne Murray of the Legacy Center; Aroutis Foster of Drexel University Goodwin College; Scott Roberts of the Annenberg Center for Public Policy; and Amy J. Cohen of J.R. Masterman School. Image courtesy of Drexel University College of Medicine.
Drexel's Legacy Center, an archive and special collections library with a focus on the history of women in medicine, began the process of developing dynamic digital programming for teens that will explore issues of gender disparity and women's history. The projects solicited the input of young people, in order to determine their technological inclinations and habits, and to test new methods of presenting and interpreting digitized primary source materials. The planning team included gaming experts, teens, parents, teachers, gender historians, archivists, and a teen marketing specialist. This research and development period resulted in a 2012 Project Grant to create Playing with the Past: A Digital History Toolkit, an online resource that will make these materials available to new audiences for the first time, including high school students and teachers.