DLC Fall 2017 Class Projects/Juandrea Bates (Hist 398)

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Class Location, Days and Times

  • Where: Minne 241
  • When: Wednesday October 11, 2017
  • Time: 4-6:30p.m.

Project Details

  • HIST 398: Project Name TBD
  • Digital Timeline Project
  • Final Project Due TBD


1) Link to Sample Timeline [1] Sample Link

2) Expected End Result

  • Students have a number of deadlines through the project. They will submit a topic statement and an annotated bibliography before they begin to build their timeline. They will also submit a hard copy of one of their timeline entries so that I can provide feedback.
  • This course has an oral intensive flag, so the project end result has two components. First, students will give a final oral presentation, walking their classmates through their timeline. Then, , I’d like students to send me a link to their timeline to embed in a WordPress Page that I will make for the course. Then I will evaluate then for a grade and embed them in the wordpress page. That way all the timelines can be displayed together at the end of the course. Since these projects are built in a Google spreadsheet, I’d also like students to print out and submit a copy of the spreadsheet they used in developing the timeline.

3) Project Timeline Meet with Library Staff to Discuss Primary and Secondary Source Research Meet with TLT Special Projects Staff to Learn About Timeline JS and Google Docs. Turn in Topic Statement and First Annotated Bibliography Turn in Second Annotated Bibliography

Researching Objectives:

In groups of two or three, students will be responsible for selecting a topic, and working with library staff to identify ten events or people integral to understanding the history of this topic and locate at least five primary sources that might help future historians understand this topic.

Analysis Objectives:

Students should fit the ten events/people and five sources together to provide a larger narrative about their topic. They should also connect theses individual events/people/sources to course readings, lectures and broader course themes. Each piece of the timeline should be accompanied by a short essay that describes the event, its relationship to other materials on the timeline and its larger significance in the history of childhood.

Digital Literacy Objective:

Students will build their digital literacy by adding their events and sources to an interactive digital timeline. This timeline will describe each event/person and provide a cohesive narrative about the topic. It should also connect to larger historical trends and scholarly understanding of the history of childhood.

Oral Communication Objective

This project will allow students to work on their oral communication skills in two ways. First, students will practice communication skills and teamwork as they work in their groups. Second, groups will present their projects to the class during the final exam period.

Project Timeline

Meet with Library Staff to Discuss Primary and Secondary Source Research Meet with TLT Special Projects Staff to Learn About Timeline JS and Google Docs. Turn in Topic Statement and First Annotated Bibliography Turn in Second Annotated Bibliography

Software

What DLC Will Cover

  • Google Drive - creating and sharing your folder (if needed)
  • Connecting to Timeline on the web
  • Overview of the software
    • How to make a timeline
      • Build Google spreadsheet using template
      • Drop dates, text and links to media into the appropriate columns.
          • Adding pictures and text
          • Adding quotes (block quotes)
            • You can also enter blockquote markup in column L by putting it between greater and less than symbols
  • Publishing your timeline to the web (WHERE WILL WE PUBLISH TO?)
  • Send Dr. Bates your project link

DLC Support Staff

  • Charlie Utzman

Notes from last year

On Monday, November 21st, two students came in for Timeline support. It appears that the site is having issues. Students are getting "ERROR: An unexpected error occurred trying to read your spreadsheet data [SyntaxError]. Timeline configuration has no events." We have reproduced the error in the Digital Learning Center also. Uzma has sent an email to the site administrator telling them about this but there is nothing else the DLC is able to do at this time since we have no control over the site. Hopefully, they will fix the error in time for the project to be completed.

UPDATE: Reply from the Timeline Team: Use the URL from the Google Drive itself (in edit mode, not from Publish to the Web) to create the Timeline and that should work. Uzma has tested this and it does, indeed, work.


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