Stacy Schiff’s “Know it all”

February 16, 2010

The growth of wikipedia is amazing.  The premise is very inviting especially for “know it alls” and let’s face it many of us fit the bill.  When I asked How do you tie shoelaces? It invited me to add an answer and it can be a great thing.  There are many things we want to learn and have noone to ask.  Wales nonprofit site beats many for accuracy especially with the opportunity to edit and it seems he has many editors that he is depending on to correct the entries.  Now that he has mediation help to clear out vandals, he is providing a true service.


Cohen and Rosenzweig’s “No computer left Behind”

February 14, 2010

Seeing the computer internet access as equal to a calculator is a stretch. First we learn the math and then we use calculators to shortcut the longhand of math problems. Do we need to know some history to look up a term on a site and get fed its history? Not really. Knowing which sites have the right data is the trick but that is not a basic history background. Very often people at work ask me questions they could look up but know that I know this data as I have it in my head. If they never look it up they will never learn it as I did. How does this affect overload? Will I forget everything knowing that I can always look it up? Birthday reminders and meeting notices help me remember things I need to remember today but can everything be on the same level?  If multiple choice questions are the problem, maybe the solution is to ask a question and expect the correct answer. Multiple choice answers always have a bit of the correct answer in them with a requirement for zoning in on the facts required.  Asking a computer the question as in HBot is a cheating tool in my estimation.  That is why in college we answer questions with essays–because that is the only way to prove our knowledge about a subject and to satisfy the professors query.

Rosenzweig on the future

February 14, 2010

Great history of Wikipedia but how will it compare to sites like Echo which is a real historically correct site of many events and also grows daily. I can understand why Sanders left and checked out his blog Citizendium(case study) which seems like a very kid friendly fun with videos and other history methods to entice kids. With the changing method of the day, will wikipedia still be there in 5 years? From 10000 to a million in no time, looks like the best place to get our project data as most is uncopywrited. That’s good to know. I am also intolerant of those who would tolerate participants who would waste my time with bad data and mislead me on a wild chase.

Digital History

February 9, 2010

I first picked up the book before Christmas and began reading during vacation without a PC on in front of me but I soon realized that I was missing all the ops to discover the sites behind the reading. Once home I started openning up sites as I read about them and found a treasure trove of great stuff.  I spent a half hour clicking on the parts of the Star Spangled Banner for the mended parts and the stains’ sources and the missing pieces. Great site for kids.  The Lost Museum was another fun site telling PT Barnum’s story in New York which I never knew although I lived in Bpt for a while.  A tour of Montecello was another hands on site that I enjoyed touring.  These are great examples of how to get kids interested and involved in history and seeing how these sites accomplish the task of teaching with a twist.  Thought about what to present on the web is enhanced with these ideas and hopefully I’ll be able to present a simple but attractive site for all.

Hamlet on the Holodeck

February 9, 2010

Although the popular social sphere discussed in this book affects many, I am not one of those. NPR and CPTV or CSpan are my shows of choice and I only go to movies to please my husband and then proceed to forget the movie unless it made a strong impression.  For these reasons, I was in left field during most of the reading although I can understand the concepts of modernity in cyberspace and that most pop culture follows blogs but after hearing discussion in the class, I realize there is much more to it than pop culture and blogs can have much more to offer in history and learning in the areas of interest each person persues.

Google Books

February 9, 2010

I have perused several Google Books and although there are some errors, missed pages etc, the searchable features are great for historical research. I realize that missing pages and unclear pages can serve to complicate but books are always available to double check errors.  The best part of ebooks is that when we are looking for a topic and think this book covers it, we can easily find out whether it is worth pursuing and judge whether its sources are qualified to provide further reading.

Ayers and Poe

February 9, 2010

Both Ayers and Poe have very convincing essays for historians getting involved with good history to combat bad history on the web.  The need for more involved bloggers with history backgrounds puts real data out there sort of to sow seeds of truth that might catch a students eye and instigate further investigation into truth.  Involving them requires the historians’ jumping right into the realm that students are involved in daily.

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January 30, 2010

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