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David Hicks

David Hicks, Professor

David Hicks
David Hicks, Professor

School of Education
1750 Kraft Drive
Room 2105 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8332  |  hicks@vt.edu

David Hicks is a professor in the School of Education.

  • Learning History and Social Science
  • Explicit Strategy Instruction and Scaffolding
  • Mixed Reality and Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Digital Technologies and Multimedia
  • Disability Studies
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech
  • MA in History, SUNY Cortland
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Distinctions in theory and practice), Leeds University, United Kingdom
  • BA (hons) in Social History, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies  Chair and Board member (2003-09)
  • National Council for the Social Studies Dissertation Award Committee
  • Theory and Research in Social Education Editorial Board Member (2013-15)
  • Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education – Social Studies Section co-editor (2000-2010)
  • 2021 Outstanding Presentation Award, Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Award was for the presentation "Preparing social studies and ELA teachers to use XR technologies intentionally to support learning" at SITE Interactive Online 2021 Conference. The award “demonstrates recognition from fellow experts in the field of technology and teacher education.”  
  • 2021 “Thank a Teacher” Note from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Thank a teacher program. (Received Jan 14th 2021); The program recognizes unsolicited student feedback and praise of VT instructors
  • 2021 Collaborative Leadership – Sesquicentennial Planning Badge VT Sesqui Steering Committee
  • 2017 ICAT  “At the Nexus” Award with Thomas Tucker, Dongsoo Choi, Todd Ogle, Doug Bowman, Run Yu, David Cline, Zach Duer, Tanner Upthegrove, & Erik Westman for Visualizing World War I through mixed reality: The mystery of the destroyed village of Vauquois and the War of the Mines. The Award was for the exhibit/ project that best exemplifies working at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design.
  • 2016 National Technology Leadership Initiative Fellowship Award with Stephanie van Hover, Melissa Lisanti and Colleen Fitzpatrick for best technology paper at the annual conference of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social studies annual conference.
  • 2015 AERA Social Studies Research SIG Outstanding Award Paper with Hilary Dack and Stephanie van Hover

Edited Books

Stoddard, J.S., Marcus, A., & Hicks, D. (Eds.) (2017).  Teaching Difficult History Through Film. New York: Routledge.

Ewing, E.T., & Hicks, D. (Eds.). (2006). Education and the Great Depression: Lessons from a global history. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Articles

van Hover, S., & Hicks, D. (2017). Social constructivism and students learning in Social Studies. In M. Manfra and C. Bolick (Eds.), The handbook of social studies research (pp. 270- 286). New Jersey: Wiley.

 Johnson, A., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Bowman, D., Cline, D. & Regan, E. (2017) “If this place could talk”: Using augmented reality to make the past visible. Social Education 81(2), 112-116.

van Hover, S., Hicks, D., & Dack, H. (2016). From source to evidence? Teachers’ uses of historical sources in their classrooms. The Social Studies 107(6) 209-217.

Hicks, D., Johnson, A.,* van Hover, S., Lisanti, M.,* McPherson, K., & Zuckerwar, S., (2016). Teaching with primary sources: Junior detectives as a bridge to disciplinary literacy. Social Studies and the Young Learner 29(1), 9-15.

Exhibits

Tucker, T., Choi, D., Ogle, T., Hicks, D., Bowman, D., Yu, R., Cline, D., Duer, Z., Upthegrove, T., & Westman, E. (May 2017). Visualizing World War I through mixed reality: The mystery of the destroyed village of Vauquois and the War of the Mines. ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day. The Cube, Moss Arts Center: Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Tucker, T., Choi, D., Ogle, T., Hicks, D., Westman, E., Cline, D., Newcomb, D., Massotte, Y., Beauchamp, C., & Arles, A. (April 27th- May 20th 2017). The disappeared village of Vauquois. ICAT: Open (at the) Source- Sensing Place. Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Fralin, S., Cline, D., Ogle, T., Hicks, D., Tucker, T., Bowman, D., Johnson, A., Ragan E., Zlokas, R., & Singh, G. (August 22nd to September 30, 2016). Exploring local history: The Christiansburg Institute and CI Spy Application. Newman Library VT Library, Blacksburg, VA.

Experiencing Civil War History Through Augmented Reality: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Environment at Pamplin Historical Park, National Endowment for the Humanities, Other, $30,000 (Active: 2021 - 2022), Principal Investigators: Quigley Paul (23%), Bowman Douglas A (11%), Duer Zachary R (11%), Guimont Corinne (11%), Hicks David (11%), Luther Kurt (11%), Ogle Jeffrey T (11%), Others (11%)

Exploring the impact of Human-AI collaboration of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Investigations of Social Media Disinformation, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), $65,000 (Active: 2021 - 2022), Principal Investigators: Luther K; Brantly A; Hicks D

Quigley, P., Guimont, C., Ogle, J. T., Bowman, D., Luther, K., Hicks, D., Tucker, T., & Duer, Z. (03/01/2021 -02/28/2022). Experiencing Civil War History Through Augmented Reality: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Environment at Pamplin Historical Park. National Endowment for the Humanities – Digital Projects for the Public Grant program. Total $30,000.00 Role: Co PI. a. This initial planning grant is focused on the design of an Augmented Reality application for visitors to Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia. At its museums, battlefield, and historic homes, Pamplin HP educates large public audiences of all ages about Civil War history. Our application will share new stories, informed by current humanitiesscholarship, presented in innovative ways. Using mobile devices, visitors will learn about less familiar Civil War topics: interconnections between the environment and military affairs; the war’s transformative impact on African Americans and other civilians; and the benefits of reading wartime documents with a historian’s eye. On their phone or tablet, they will construct their own fortifications and overlay them onto the real world. They will experience multimedia guided interpretations of documents from this place, see video of historians sharing diverse perspectives, and more. Visualizing the past in new ways will inspire deeper empathy, curiosity, and understanding.

Hicks, D., & Ogle, T. (2015-17). Evaluation and Strategic Visioning for AMBC World War One Educational Resources. American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington D.C. Total $125,000.

Bowman, D., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Cline, D. (2013-2015). EXP: Exploring the Potential of Mobile Augment Reality for Scaffolding Historical Inquiry Learning. NSF II-587, IIS CyberLearning: Transforming Education. Total $549,039.00.

Quigley, P., Hicks, D., Luther, K., & Ogler, A. (2015-17). Mapping the Fourth of July in the American Civil War Era: A Crowdsourced Digital Archive. National Historical Publications & Records Commission, Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C. Total $754,224

  • Quigley, P., & Visualizing VT History Team (Barnes, K., Gutkowski, N., Taylor, J., Humes, E., O’Dea, A., Hicks, D., Tucker, T., Ogle, T., & Bowman, D). (2020). “If this place could talk…”: Using creative technologies to visualize hidden histories at VT. Invited presentation at the STS seminar series. VT: Blacksburg.  
  • “Thank a Teacher” Note from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Thank a teacher program. (Received Jan 14th 2021, but the note was in relation to teaching Fall 2020). The program recognizes unsolicited student feedback and praise of VT instructors. 
  • I am working with individual teachers in the Montgomery County Public Schools division on the Vauquois VR experience- This involves lots of students at both BMS and BHS- Our work was presented at NCSS conference in December 2020. 

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