I’ve decided on the categories of tools around which I’ll build my course. I’m trying to think like a student, so I’ve put everything into simple terms. In eight, two week lesson plans we’ll cover:
- History bootcamp: what are primary and secondary sources, how do historians use evidence and language.
- Words: Analyzing texts with both close and distant reading (Voyant, Ngrams).
- Pictures: How to locate, evaluate, and analyze images on the web.
- Timelines: How to build robust, explanatory web-timelines (Timeline JS, Dipity)
- Exhibits: How to curate an web-exhibit (wordpress or omeka)
- Numbers: How to work with numbers to understand the past (IPUMS, Gapminder, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database)
- Conversations: How does social media shape how understanding of the past?
- Maps: Using GIS to plot the past (MapStory or Harvard’s Worldmap project).
Likely not in that order.