Friday, February 1, 2013
Digital History in the Classroom
Many thanks to Ed for the invitation to join this outstanding blog. Ed asked me to contribute after I shared with him my experiment in digital history pedagogy. This semester, I am teaching a small seminar for Rice University freshman on the Rise and Fall of Atlantic Slavery. While this course is not a survey, and at only six students it hardly mirrors the experience of most large surveys, I hope it might nonetheless offer an interesting opportunity to reflect on the opportunities and problems with bringing digital history into the classroom. I am running the course out of a WordPress blog you can access at riseandfallofslavery.wordpress.com.
I will be sharing my experience over the next few months, but before I begin, I want to circle back to some of my favorite TUSH posts on digital history, and invite you to share links to other helpful considerations of digital history pedagogy.
Just a few months ago, Nina McCune reflected on Dipity, Posterus, and Prezi.
Tona Hangen shared her experience with a "design-forward syllabus" and using WordPress as a course website.
Gale Kenny explained her process in using a class blog and shared her results. I wonder if we can get an update from Gale on whether she has continued with the blog assignment? [fire up the Gale Kenny bat signal]
Stay tuned for more of my (mis)adventures with digital history in the classroom.