Creating Success for 21st-Century Learners

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Research shows that traditional teaching tools, such as textbooks and lectures, don’t fully engage today’s students who have grown up surrounded by technology and who use it in their daily lives. In this ongoing project, an additional two Minnesota Historical Society historic sites will improve their service to “21st Century Learners” and their teachers and parents. A total of ten sites are revamping their field trip programs and developing online resources requested by teachers and parents in earlier research, so that “21st Century Learners” can develop a stronger connection to the study of history.

Project Details
Today's students have grown up with technology. Research shows that traditional teaching tools, such as textbooks and lectures, don't fully engage these "digital natives" for whom technology has always been at the center of their lives. As teachers strive to reinvent their classrooms to meet the needs of this new generation, the Minnesota Historical Society is using ACHF funding to conduct research and to develop programs and materials that will support teachers' classroom needs and engage digital natives in the study of history. Extensive focus groups with educators, parents and students throughout the state yielded two seminal reports that are guiding the current development of new field trip experiences at eight of the Society's historic sites and museums. These new programs will use technology to engage students in the exploration of history and will promote the development of 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation. Already organizations across the country are planning to leverage this research, which may form the basis for a national model.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (c), Programs
Appropriation Language

(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Project Manager
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Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155