Smithsonian Debuts First Ebook For Students (Free): “The Mind Behind the Mask: 3-D Technology And The Portrayal Of Abraham Lincoln”
As part of its marking of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the assassination of the nation’s 16th president, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has published and posted its first e-book for students. “The Mind behind the Mask: 3-D Technology and the Portrayal of Abraham Lincoln” invites students to immerse themselves in an investigation of Abraham Lincoln, how he has been portrayed and what the availability of 3-D data can bring to the study of history.
Inspired by the Smithsonian’s 3-D digitization of the 1860 and 1865 Lincoln life masks held at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History collaborated with the Portrait Gallery and ARTLAB+ at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to develop the first education resource that features Smithsonian X 3D.
The e-book challenges students in grades eight to 12 to deepen their understanding of Lincoln with interactive primary sources. Using this knowledge and video-based technology instruction, students grapple with the e-book’s compelling question: How should Abraham Lincoln be portrayed? The book also allows readers to create their own portrayals using 3-D technology.
The e-book was funded through the Smithsonian’s Youth Access Grants program and by the Verizon Foundation.
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