Digital Humanities
                     Annabel Astbury
                     History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
The context




Melbourne Declaration Educational Goals for Young Australians
Australian Curriculum
Rapid Change
The humanities

• What are the humanities?


• Methodologies of inquiry -
  Humanities vs. Social Science


• ‘Hooray for ...
The tools of the trade


                         Image by only alice via flickr / published under creative commons licence
Everyone has a pen and paper ...




The basic tools of the trade
What we are afraid of


                        Physical
                        Safety
                        ‘Un’realit...
What is happening for some teachers ...
Wikispaces
Ning
Edublogs
RSS
Do you ever think where all this
       “stuff” is kept?
Will you respect me in the morning?:
 A tale of educators using social media for teaching the humanities

‘Respected’



‘...
What could be
happening?
★ more collaboration
★ better utilisation of online

spaces to engage in ‘serious’
learning
Rumsey Map Collection   www.davidrumsey.com
Sepiatown   http://www.sepiatown.com
Social Bookmarking for   www.diigo.com
                         http://www.slideshare.net/astbury/instructions-for-teacher...
Generator   http://generator.acmi.net.au/
What will be happening .. “in the footure?”*
The future is now ...




Virtual Worlds     Serious Games   Augmented Reality
Contact
Annabel Astbury                             Today’s presentation available:
History Teachers’ Association of Victo...
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  • Web 1.0 - 2.0 - 3.0
    Education Revolution
    Australian Curriculum

  • This is ‘not’ about undermining the disciplines - this is about making sure that you are using best practice.
    I am aware, too, that having a presentation called “Digital humanities” is somewhat ironic.
    Background to humanites.



  • email
    slideshows
    word publishing
    browsing ABC / news sites

  • there are two realms of worry : physical worries, for example cyber-safety, the harm of the ‘virtual’ and worries of the good old days when “you could ride your bike in the streets with all the neighbours”.

    Then there are the ‘educational’ worries:
    Is the information accurate
    Kids just “cut and paste essays”.
    Oh they don’t know how to do research.


  • I think in 2010 it is fair to say, especially from what I see in professional development sessions is that teachers do have the grasp of the basics.
    We now see teachers who have joined communities of practice such as those ones on ning, wikispaces, edNA or edublogs. these are quite active communities but it is interesting to note that the biggest ones revolve around those topics that are specifically “Web 2.0 in Education” type sites. Librarians are also *very* active - a very special group, in my opinion, the librarians are - fingers always on the pulse. There are only two people you need to make sure you are friends with in a school - the secretary and the librarian!






  • Online collections are changing all the time.
    Im sure you have plenty of stories of not letting students use wikipedia but allowing them to use a library online collection because “we know” who is behind it.
    Only a few years back, online collections from libraries resembled, understandably, Web 1.0. Images / information. Look at how that has changed now. For example Picture Australia - has a social media aspect to it - links to flickr - participatory - images with no known copyright - shared, downloaded, commented upon.
    then you have the emergence of ‘The Commons’ on Flickr - have the collections of Smithsonian, Powerhouse Museum, national Archives, Library of Congress *sharing* their collections.
    All of a sudden the “respected” sources of information are employing the social media elements that teachers have been so quick to hate - well, at least in the realm of “educational use”.
    Some teachers actually bristle and chortle under their breath when you mention social media to them: Twitter being the main cause for offense - and yet when i recently surveyed teachers if they used particular websites, more than 80% of them said that they had a facebook account.
    So, teachers *are* familiar with and *use* social networking / media but very few have taken the leap of faith to see how it could work for the humanities classroom.









  • Digital humanities annabel astbury

    1. 1. Digital Humanities Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    2. 2. The context Melbourne Declaration Educational Goals for Young Australians Australian Curriculum Rapid Change
    3. 3. The humanities • What are the humanities? • Methodologies of inquiry - Humanities vs. Social Science • ‘Hooray for Humanities’ but ...
    4. 4. The tools of the trade Image by only alice via flickr / published under creative commons licence
    5. 5. Everyone has a pen and paper ... The basic tools of the trade
    6. 6. What we are afraid of Physical Safety ‘Un’reality Cerebral Accuracy Cut and paste Google
    7. 7. What is happening for some teachers ...
    8. 8. Wikispaces
    9. 9. Ning
    10. 10. Edublogs
    11. 11. RSS
    12. 12. Do you ever think where all this “stuff” is kept?
    13. 13. Will you respect me in the morning?: A tale of educators using social media for teaching the humanities ‘Respected’ ‘Unreliable’ ‘Not serious’
    14. 14. What could be happening? ★ more collaboration ★ better utilisation of online spaces to engage in ‘serious’ learning
    15. 15. Rumsey Map Collection www.davidrumsey.com
    16. 16. Sepiatown http://www.sepiatown.com
    17. 17. Social Bookmarking for www.diigo.com http://www.slideshare.net/astbury/instructions-for-teachers Research
    18. 18. Generator http://generator.acmi.net.au/
    19. 19. What will be happening .. “in the footure?”*
    20. 20. The future is now ... Virtual Worlds Serious Games Augmented Reality
    21. 21. Contact Annabel Astbury Today’s presentation available: History Teachers’ Association of Victoria a.astbury@htav.asn.au www.slideshare.net/astbury

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