Using Technology to Bring History into City Tech's Future

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Katz, Robin M. and Julie Golia. “Using Technology to Bring Brooklyn’s History into City Tech’s Future.” CUNY IT Conference. New York, NY. December 1, 2011. Panelist.

Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA) is an innovative postsecondary education at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). SAFA uses primary sources to build document analysis, information literacy, and critical thinking skills in first-year undergraduates.

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Using Technology to Bring History into City Tech's Future

  1. 1. Students and Facultyin the Archives (SAFA) CUNY IT Conference December 1, 2011
  2. 2. Brooklyn Historical SocietyJulie Golia, PhDPublic HistorianRobin M. Katz, MLISOutreach & Public Services Archivist Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  3. 3. Brooklyn Historical Society• Museum• Events and Public Programs• Educational Center• Library and Archives• www.brooklynhistory.org Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  4. 4. Brooklyn Historical Society Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  5. 5. About SAFA• U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant• 3 Years, 3 Schools, 18 Faculty – Five semesters until January 2013 – City Tech (CUNY), LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis – Many different classes and topics – Will reach over 2,000 students Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  6. 6. SAFA’s goals 1. Build local, collaborative networks 2. Enhance faculty integration of primary sources in first-year courses 3. Improve student critical thinking and archival literacy skills 4. Show positive impact on student engagement, academic success, and retention rates Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  7. 7. SAFA in practice• Collaboration on course and assignment design• Faculty Summer Institute• Class visits to BHS • Fall 2011: over 40 visits, 400+ students• Student independent research at BHS• Classroom visits to SAFA courses• Course websites• Student summer fellowship• Independent evaluators Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  8. 8. Participating City Tech Faculty• Peter Catapano, History• Matthew Gold, English• Robin Michals, Photography• Barbara Smith Mishara, Architectural Tech.• Jody Rosen, English• Geoff Zylstra, History Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  9. 9. What are students examining? Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  10. 10. Photographs Early Brooklyn Farm, circa 1880, v1972.1.824; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society. Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  11. 11. Manuscripts Slave bill of sale, Gilleyam Cornel and Jan Lefferts, May 21, 1751; Lefferts family papers, ARC.145, box 3, folder 9; Brooklyn Historical Society. Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  12. 12. Maps Detail from Map of the progress of His Majestys armies in New York during the late campaign, circa 1776. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection. Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  13. 13. And more! Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  14. 14. IT challenges and SAFA • Public wifi • Limited collection access • Digitization (in-house and online) • Online description of collections • Course websites Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society
  15. 15. SAFA’s early findings 1. Students are excited! 2. Focus on document analysis – not searching 3. Less is more 4. Reading and handwriting are technologies 5. iPads and digital cameras skills and uses 6. Media literacy through archival literacy Students and Faculty in the Archives Brooklyn Historical Society

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