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I’m delighted to announce that Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology has been published by the University of Michigan Press.

Pastplay emerged from a symposium that I organized in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. On the second day of the symposium, each of the participants “presented” a paper, although the presenter was not allowed to speak-the chapter was discussed by the chapter’s readers, and the group as a whole; the author was only allowed to respond to questions. It was an unusual set up, but worked.

From these collected chapters a thesis emerged: in Pastplay we make the case that we should play with technology in history because doing so enables us to see the past in new ways, by: i. helping us understand how history is created; ii. honoring the roots of research, teaching, and technology development; iii. requiring us to model our thoughts; iv. allowing us to build our understanding.

Thank you especially to the chapter authors:

Finally, a special thank you to The History Education Network / Histoire et éducation en réseau (THEN/HiER) for its support of the symposium and the book (Pastplay is the second major publication of THEN/HiER), the Canada Research Chairs program, and Brock University.