WWI App User-Design Workshop for Educators in Kansas City

We invite educators to participate in a free World War I app user-design workshop on Saturday, June 25, at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

Barbed Wire Gate to Trench
Barbed Wire Gate to Trench, Ypres Salient and Area, Cambrin. From the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs. National Archives Identifier 16580840.

If you are a Kansas City area teacher interested in 1:1 learning or working with iPads, being part of the app-design process, or would like to provide design input based on your in-class experience, we encourage you to join us for this fun and engaging workshop!

The National Archives has teamed up with Historypin, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and a growing number of cultural heritage partners to develop an engaging WWI website and tablet app to dynamically highlight WWI content. The app invites people nationwide to contribute their own stories and play a part in the centennial commemoration of the First World War. Building on an amazing moving image archive being digitized and preserved especially for the centennial, a flood of rarely seen, public domain images and films will encourage discovery and creative reuse.

Educators in the workshop will get an early, behind-the-scenes look at the alpha version of the app, with the aim of exploring realistic scenarios for how the app and its growing set of rich primary source materials can be used in the classroom. This is an opportunity to influence how the app will be used in classrooms across the country and in Europe.

Coffee and lunch will be provided. Historypin will be onsite to lead this small user design workshop and record critical feedback in preparation for the app’s beta release at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

As the centenary of the U.S. entrance into the Great War approaches, it becomes all the more important that students understand and acknowledge an event that spurred on such momentous change on a global scale. Educator experiences are invaluable to helping shape how the public might experience and share some of our nation’s most interesting WWI content!


  • Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. – noon
  • At the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Edward Jones Research Center, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
  • Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
  • Registration is free, but limited. Reserve your spot by emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov or calling 816-268-8010. We’ll ask for your school and district name during registration.
  • The WWI app is optimized for iPads for its initial iteration. If you have your own iPad, please bring it with you. If instead you have a laptop, please bring that. Bringing your own hardware is not required, but is encouraged.

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