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Article Assignment

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.

Published in:articles, Digital History, exploring the technology, interent |on April 7th, 2008 |Comments Off on Article Assignment

WIKI Pages

So I have looked at a few wikipedia pages that regard historical figures. I feel like history has a lot to do with major events etc…but I love studying the people more. So the first site I looked at was a Queen Victoria Wikipedia page. I was really interested to take a look at the dicussion page! In the pop culture section, an editor pointed out that everything seems to trivial and there is not a lot of biograpghical info on Queen Victoria. I thought that was an excellent point. There are so many sources out there on Queen Victoria (believe me I have lots!) and it was nice for someone to mention that! There were also mega debates over her name. Whether she should be called monarch, queen, Alexandra Victoria. These seem to be really insignificant when scanning the discussions, but when I think about it- these details are crucial! We have to think carefully about every word we are to publish on a website…maybe something to think about. The history tab was also something important to take a look at. The most recent was a proposal to change her name….that debate has been taking so long that there are no new changes since Feb. 3
I also took a look at the Battle of Bull Run. In the discussion tabs there was also a dispute of names and nicknames of the battle and proposals of new names. There was also a section of clarification for the purpose of the battle and questions over the strategic moves of the battle. When looking at the history section of the wiki page- there is a lot of DRAMA! Someone cussed an editor out and then the wiki page reffered it back to the previous so the profanity was taken  out… Um it is just a battle! 🙂
A final history page I looked at was the wiki page of James Monroe. In the discussion section there was a variation of pros and cons. Some said there were not enough citations and people were confused of where sources came from. This is an extremely important factor that both the offical JMP website and our own website needs to take into consideration. I really want our group to keep a running list of sources just so it is not so overwhelming at the end. Others were picky over little words like secretary of state. This is another example of how specific the web content needs to be. The history page reviewed different proposals for change. The last update was Feb 8.

I think it is extremely important to look at the discussion pages and I have never thought to look at them before. People are constantly updating and challenging over the content of the wiki pages. Also, the continuous editing and updating is quite interesting. I think that looking at the pages make me realize that content is really really important. I do not want anyone challening the info we put on our sites…so we need to be mindful of that!

Published in:Digital History, exploring the technology, interent, wiki |on February 18th, 2008 |2 Comments »

I forgot to click publish….

O well, I started and finished my blog for this weekend’s assignment– but I did not publish it….here is the blog from this weekend!

I really liked the website we were sent to. I especially thought that  UberNote was a cool source that is on the internet. It is an internet browser where you can manage your notes and get your notes from anywhere. This is good when you are unable to access your own computer but are able to get your notes from anywhere.

I think UberNotes could be really useful for our James Monroe project. It would be a way for all of us to gather our notes on the web and communicate. This seems to me quite similar to google docs…but just a little more specified.

Published in:Digital History, exploring the technology |on February 5th, 2008 |Comments Off on I forgot to click publish….

Exploring the Tools

So since I have been able to retrieve my login details for Omeka, things have been running quite smoothly. I am doing well with delicious. I actually have to post for two classes so it is cool to see all the tags and such. I am enjoying google docs. Other than delicious I can see that this is a really good tool for our group.

Continuing to look and review websites is something I am finding extremely interesting. Usually, I just look at a website for the content. But since our class discussion, I have began to look at the navigations of a page. Do I want that for our page–or would Mr. Preston like it for his page, or is this really useful? I am starting to look at pages for the easier structure, not just the content. It is kind of annoying because I probably will not look at a website the same ever—but hey it’s all part of learning.

We met with Mr. Preston last class–I am going to make that a whole different post 🙂

Published in:Digital History, exploring the technology |on January 28th, 2008 |1 Comment »
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