On April 8th, SUNY Broome will be hosting its Convocation Day event. This year’s topic is “How Technology is Making Us Smarter,” and centered around speaker Clive Thompson’s book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.”
SUNY Broome adjunct Lynda Carroll will be presenting a workshop called “The Future of the Past: Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Using New Technologies.” This workshop will focus on the use of technology (such as digital technology, 3D scanning, smartphone tours, and social media) as a way to improve awareness of and engagement in public archaeology, heritage and historic preservation efforts.
This workshop will feature an interactive display that is currently curated by the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University, and is being used for local community outreach and heritage preservation efforts. Most recently, it is being used as part of Endicott’s Little Italy Walking Tour, and The Vestal Museum’s current exhibit “Archaeology: What You Always Wanted to Know But Didn’t Know Where To Ask.”
In addition, the workshop will highlight some of the on-going work of students from SUNY Broome Community College’s Anthropology 112 course. This semester, students are working on two projects about the Broome County Almshouse. They will be focusing on the use of technology and social media as a way to engage the the SUNY Broome student body and the more general public in Public Archaeology, and awareness in local Cultural Heritage and Cultural Resources.