Are you among the hundreds of Time Travelers who have submitted story points to the Explore App? Have you been planning to share some stories but want more options? Either way, we have good news. Improved options for sharing stories on the Explore App are now live!
The new "Share Story" button is easier to find (see above!). You can still choose a location and a year on the Time Traveler's historic maps, and tell stories about anything — from your grandmother's pasty recipe to your childhood sledding memories. As always, you can illustrate your story with photographs. Now, you can also include audio and video files! We improved the interface so you can easily see your uploads and edit them as you go.
This updated interface was team-built by Michigan Tech students in Dr. Robert Pastel's Human-Computer Interaction class. The students met with the Keweenaw Time Traveler directors and research associates, heard about our need to enhance the capability of the "Share Story" feature, asked a lot of good questions, and got to work. Assessment of their drafts was conducted by graduate students working with Dr. Karla Kitalong in Michigan Tech's program in Scientific and Technical Communication. Just like the Keweenaw Time Traveler itself, interface updates and data additions result from great team work between faculty and students across the university.
Want to learn more about getting started with the Explore App? Check out these earlier blog posts about the Explore App's capabilities and the How-to Videos. You can also go directly to the HESA Lab's YouTube Channel.
Here's a shared story about Michigan's Oldest Woman who lived at 212 Iroquois Street in Laurium! What kinds of stories will you tell?