Jess’s Defense of the Then & Now Contract

The process of creating a Then & Now digital history site began with four major questions: 1) Which Content Management System do we want to use: WordPress or Omeka? 2) Do we want to limit Then & Now to UMW, or do we want to include Fredericksburg? 3) Are we going to use both printed

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Impact of Digital History on Historians and on the Practice of History

For this week I read “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians” by Roger C. Schonfeld and Jennifer Rutner, “Teaching with a Tea Set: Using Objects in the US History Survey” by Abby Chandler from AHA’s Perspectives (2007), and  “Is (Digital) History More Than an Argument about the Past?” (Spring 2012 version) by Sherman Dorn and “Wikipedia and Women’s History: A Classroom Experience” (Spring

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I Hope Google Isn’t Making Me Stupid…

After reading “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr, I began to wonder if my use of the Internet has had any effects on the way that I think and on the way that I read. Carr mentions in the article that when we read online, “we tend to become “mere decoders of information.”

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Digital Identity Lessons

The three articles I read were: http://caitlinpringlemurphy.com/, Writer Evan Ratliff Tried to Vanish: Here’s What Happened,http://www.wired.com/vanish/2009/11/ff_vanish2/, and Controlling Your Public Appearance  http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2007/09/07/controlling_you.html. Five lessons I took away from them were: Have a variety of online versions of yourself. From looking at Caitlin Murphy’s digital resume/e-portfolio, I noticed how she didn’t just focus on one skill set. She has her video editing,

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Oodles of Wikipedia Edits

The Wikipedia pages I looked at were two different pages for the “designer” dogs, the Cockapoo and Schnoodle since these are the dogs I have back home. Angel is my Cockapoo and Indy is my Schnoodle. What I found was the Cockapoo wiki has been around longer (made in 2004) than the Schnoodle wiki (made

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Timelines Are More Fun Than Maps

Although both making the timeline and the map were pretty straightforward thanks to Timeline JS and Spreadsheet Mapper v3.1, I definitely enjoyed making the timeline more than the map.  The only problem I ran into with the timeline was the dates. It wouldn’t let me have “Fall 2009″ or “September 2005″ so I had to

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A Map of the Places I Want to Visit

I have never been abroad so I decided to make a map of the places that I want to visit. Although two places I want to see in the United States, most of them are either in Europe or the other side of the world. The places are not in any particular order but Iceland

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Creative Tools/Digital History Site Reviews

1) Creative tools Besides digital history sites, I could definitely see Omeka being used by musicians, photographers and writers to display and organize their pieces. They could have collections of  genres and photo shoots. I think Omeka would be really useful to fashion designers too since they  are constantly adding more designs and collections to their

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