January 06, 2012
By Elisabeth Grant
Small groups quickly formed around the presenters at the Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop at the 126th annual meeting this morning. Set up like a high tech poster session, the layout of computers with large screens set up around the perimeter of a Sheraton ballroom allowed for spontaneous conversation, an easy flow of questions, and quick demonstrations.
Jeffrey McClurken presented on “Teaching with Social Media,” sharing his experiences with using Facebook, Twitter, and blogging in the classroom. Those interested in using social media to teach should check out the links and resources in McClurken’s presentation page online.
Frederick W. Gibbs helped attendees better understand “Text Mining,” offering his experiences using text mining in research, but also dispelling some myths, including the idea that text mining is only about big data and complex algorithms and that text mining is a substitute for reading.
Rwany Sibaja explained “Digital Storytelling,” the method of using “multimedia components to enhance historical narratives” and how it can add to the classroom experience. Explore all the tools and resources he’s collected online to incorporate digital storytelling into your own teaching.
Jennifer Rosenfeld walked listeners through all the resources available through TeachingHistory.org, highlighting how the website can teach students the difference between primary and secondary sources.
Dan Cohen’s discussions of “Digital Publishing” revealed the behind-the-scenes processes of Digital Humanities Now, the platform (Press Forward) that runs it, and how this project is trying to change the way traditional scholarly publishing works.
In the photo above, Patrick Murray-John explains content management systems to a small group of attendees.