I found the articles that I chose to read quite interesting and made me really think about digital history and how it not only affects students, but teachers.
In her article, Doing History in the Digital Age, Barbara Weinstien discusses her journey through teaching in parallel to technology and how it has evolved. In the beginning, she scowled upon technology and felt that pictures and powerpoints took away from the professionalism of a decent history lecture. Yet, eventually she began to incorporate such visuals inot her lectures with the positive influences that the digital world had on her. When it comes to lectures, I do not mind either or. Sometimes proffessors can use powerpoint way too much and then I lose focus and what is important. And sometimes there can be a professor that is so dull that I just need the pictures. There are sBarabara came to love email as well as google scholar. She discussed how wonderful it was to have primary sources at the click of a mouse. However, I also understood an issue that she noticed. Even though the interent is able to open our communication and our options- the interent can negativly focus us also. Ms. Weinstein became an editor for a magazine and discussed editing online. She also discussed the issues of newpapers and magazines being online. Readers begin to scope and just read one specific article, instead of having the hard copy in hand and skimming all articles and features. This is something I even find myself doing. In my thea435 class, we are asked to read the New York Times and Washington Post style and arts sections and bring topics for discussion. When reading the actual hardcopy, I am able to scope the newspaper and get a better grip on all the articles. However, online I find myself being extermely scoped and focused and scoped on one article- which can at times hinder class discussion. I was impressed that I was able to synthesize this article to some classes other than digital history.
Experimental History in the Class Room by Martha Hodes was also really interesting and unique. Reminding me of Dr. McClurken and our class- she was willing to take risks and experiment with assignements and discussions. In the article she discussed her class that was focused on experimental history (reading and writing it). She said the intergration of film, pictures, and important websites were extremely helpful for her course. The students were also required to write a research paper that could be written experimentally. She wrote that one of her students wrote a screenplay on Margaret Fuller. It is fascinating how history can be so creative and the class seemed awesome!
The blog site, The Age of Lincoln, is really interesting and quite unique. It is a blog site devoted to giving credit to sources that helped the creation of the book. The site gives brief info on the actual book, author, and publisher, but is devoted mainly to notes and sources. I have never seen a site like this before. The notes and sources section navigates by chapter. The author then goes through each source and note and discusses what was helpful and informative woth each source. It is an extremely dedicated and thoughful way to give credit to sources and other authors.
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