Following up on Megan Brett’s intro to Omeka in the bootcamp on Friday, I’m all in for doing an advanced talk. Generally, this means looking at a standalone Omeka installation, with you installing it on a server you control, like on Reclaim. I’d start with where theme files live, and how to modify them. But, an ‘Ask Me Anything’ about Omeka is also a popular direction.
Today there are a lot of options for working on collaborative web-based documents and websites as a group or class, from GitHub and Jekyll to wikis, flat-file frameworks, and more. I’d like to propose a session/workshop where we explore many of these tools both from a nuts and bolts perspective of how they’re used and also the pros/cons of various approaches. We’ll look at software and resources available via Reclaim Hosting to build on your own domain, as well as free third-party options like StackEdit and Gitbook.
Ever since I took a webinar on the possibilities for Wikipedia in the classroom (across disciplines), I have wanted to try it in one of my classes. The only article I’ve read on doing this was designed for an upper-level writing class at a university with a substantial library that had archives the students used to create Wikipedia posts. I’ve been in touch with the Wiki Ed Foundation and while they couldn’t come this time, I have some materials of theirs to hand out. I really want to talk over with everyone your ideas, thoughts, and concerns relating to this topic – and the underlying issue of why this may/may not be an essential platform for students to engage with in the classroom (and especially our students).
This fall we will be launching the Digital History of New Haven Project (launching may be an overstatement). The Digital History of New Haven Project will create an open access website dedicated to the history of New Haven, CT. Inspired by Tulane University’s Media NOLA Project (medianola.org/), this website will provide a forum for presenting the history of New Haven from the Colonial Era to today. The website will provide an opportunity for students to conduct research on any aspect of the history and development of New Haven and provide a venue through the use of digital technologies for the dissemination of the results. I am interested in any advice, tips, or feedback that people what to share.
This will be my first THAT camp. I have missed the boat on what sessions are about, please ignore this.
I’ve been using American Yawp, a free, online U.S. history textbook, (found here) in my U.S. history survey course, and I’d love to discuss how I’ve used it, discuss other ways to use it, and collaborate with anyone else who has used it in the classroom. I’d also like to share overall reactions by students to Yawp.
What tools are you using in your classrooms? Let’s have a show and tell! Come and share your favorite tools and how you use them for teaching or play (or both, mwahaha).
The Smithsonian Institution will formally launch its new digital learning space/platform called the Smithsonian Learning Lab June 27-29, 2016. Learning Lab users create and share collections from the more than 1.4 million (and growing) digital assets from the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers and National Zoo. In addition to the Smithsonian’s collection users can import digital content into their collections from their own, or other sources.
This short play session will offer participants the opportunity to register for a Learning Lab account, research and create a thematic collection, and practice using some of the tools to highlight and annotate images. As time allows the group may discuss how to adapt existing assignments to benefit from this platform or use for something new, altogether.
Note: The soft launch of the platform was last fall. Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Access staff trained a team of Montgomery College faculty and I will have some examples and stories to share from that experience.
Requirements: laptop or tablet (or smart phone) using Chrome or Safari.