is Dig it!?
software - Dig it! is a multimedia software package designed
to introduce fifth graders to archeology and the pre-Columbian
world of the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas.
appreciation - The software uses text, audio, colorful graphics,
animation, and photographs of objects in the Mint Museum of
Arts, Charlotte, NC, pre-Columbian collection to make
the ancient world come to life.
exploration - In Dig it!, students explore ancient tombs,
reconstruct pottery fragments to learn about the past, attend
a pre-Columbian fashion show, study maps, compare the past to
the present, go on a jaguar hunt, and search for visual clues
from Maya ceramics.
does Dig it! do?
a rich, cross-cultural, cross-curriculum learning experience
Dig it! is a multimedia experience to help students in
the fifth grade and up explore archeology and the pre-Columbian
world of the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas
classroom teaching The teaching of ancient Latin
American history and geography is part of the social studies
curriculum for all fifth graders in North Carolina. The Dig
it! software supplements the textbook and classroom activities
and visits to the Mint Museum of Art.
young learners to pre-Columbian art The Dig it! program
features 14 works from the Mint Museum of Arts exceptional
pre-Columbian collection. These ancient works are from all over
Central and South America.
does Dig it! work?
Dig it! software is made up of interactive activities to help
the user explore pre-Columbian civilizations. Dig it! offers
learners the following types of educational activities:
Line Study - Users can see the rise and fall of the pre-Columbian
Study - Users can compare and contrast the geography of
the Maya, Aztec, and Inca empires and Latin America today.
Study - Learners can explore the following topics: Archaeology,
Ancient Clothing, Eating Habits , Religion, Burial Practices,
is the primary audience for Dig it!?
is for anyone who wants to learn about the ancient Maya, Aztec,
and Inca world and have fun.
program was designed to enhance the North Carolina Social Studies
curriculum for fifth graders. In
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC school system all fifth graders
travel to the Mint Museumof Art to tour the pre-Columbian collection.
The Dig it! software was developed to help students make connections
between classroom social studies experiences and the visit to
the Mint Museum of Art.
made the Dig it! software?
Dig it! software project is a collaborative venture between the
Mint Museum of Art and
Inc., a Charlotte multimedia development company.
software was developed as part of the Mints D.I.G.S.:
Deciphering & Investigating Great Societies project. The
D.I.G.S. Project was funded by the Institute of Museum Services,
a federal agency, through Museum Leadership Initiative Grants
in 1994 and 1995.
Knowledge, Inc. developed the software using Macromedias
Authorware Professional. Interactive Knowledge specializes in
the design and production of educational multimedia and Internet
can I get the Dig it! program?
Dig it! program is free and you can get it from this web site.
The program is available in three versions. You can download
the Macintosh or the Windows
version of the software to run on your computer. Or you can
view a Shockwave version over the Internet
if you have the Shockwave
for Authorware plugin.
Shuford - Mint Museum of Art (704-337-2033)
Barger - Interactive Knowledge (704-344-0055)