It’s official. I am about to embark on the biggest writing of my career. I completed an undergraduate thesis in the Honours program for my history degree – a riveting 68 pages on agrarian political movements in the American mid-west in the 1860’s. But this one is seems to dwarf that one in complexity and length…

I have to submit my thesis proposal by tomorrow night. Luckily, the thesis proposal seems to be only one page, and they have told me that are not expecting perfection. That’s a relief, as I am guessing this proposal will be at least six time zones and an ocean away from perfection. They may want London, but I’m in Bora Bora.

And it’s because I simply have not done enough research. After all, these bloody courses just keep coming and coming, and the assignments and group work never end. But finally, the end is in sight, and I think I have managed to get about 50% of the work for this course done by opting to take the first time slot for the group work. With an amazing partner, for double bonus points.

So what will this thesis be on, you ask? Well, it took forever to decided. I did follow Judith’s advice on writing ideas on sticky notes, although my sticky notes were the Evernote app on my phone and iPad. But what really brought a moment of clarity was attending the Social Studies conference in Jasper this past October. I went to a session hosted by THEN – the History Education Network. They have recently been give a large grant to try and encourage discussion between history professors and teachers. In speaking with the facilitator, my first true love came rushing back to me – history. I started to think of ways that I could incorporate technology with history to produce desirable outcomes. I went back to my hotel room – overlooking the lake at the Jasper Park Lodge, and started typing more ideas. On the iPad – I had opted to bring just the iPad and a wireless keyboard to see if it could replace my laptop. It can’t. But then it hit me – what about mobile learning and historical thinking? Was there a way to get kids excited about history, using smartphones, iPads, and other mobile devices?

By the end of the weekend, I had created about 7 different rough prototypes for applications that could help teach history. Of course, I have no idea how to create an app, and no time to figure it out. But I had finally found a thesis topic, one that combined my love of technology with my love of history. (Insert jubilant cheers here)

So I am off on my trek. I’ll keep you updated!

My inspiration...