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What Does it Mean to “Go Digital”? – By Dr. T. Mills Kelly

October 19, 2010

Back in the late 1990s – the days of Web 0.5 – I was a pioneer of sorts when it came to thinking about how new media might be changing the way students thought about the past. I got started with research on new media because I had an itch that needed scratching…What I wanted to know was whether or not the work I was putting into my website and into creating web-based assignments for my students was remotely worth it. I decided I needed to do a little research to see what I could learn about how my students used the digital learning materials I was creating for them and whether their use of those materials was changing their thinking at all.

As often happens with “little research projects,” the work I did that year transformed my career in that it opened me up to an entirely new way of thinking about teaching and learning. And because the results of my project found their way into an online journal, which then won an award, which then led to a job at George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, I was suddenly an expert of sorts on digital pedagogy.

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“How Web Video Powers Global Innovation”

September 17, 2010

I’ve been thinking (again) about the digital aspect of the MUA.  Our goal as an organization has always been to encourage underwater archaeologists to share their research with the public via the web.  That last bit is very important: via the web.  Why?  Because we believe it is the best tool to reach the widest possible audience.  That’s important too because we need to spread the word about ethical underwater archaeology so that the public understands what we do and why it is important to them. It’s not an option for us, it’s a moral imperative.

Originally I had hoped to have a bit more on our site about some of the technical innovations and practices going on in humanities computing but I think we’ve been lacking in that category.  Hopefully we can make up for lost time by highlighting relevant websites, articles, videos etc. that relate to this topic.

Getting back to my opening comments about using the web to reach wider audiences, I recently viewed a “TED Talk” video by Chris Anderson on how web video powers global innovation.  Many of you may already be aware of TED talks, a growing collection of videos hosted by a small nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” I could spend hours on that site (could?  I have!).  Have a look at Chris’s talk and see what you think.  Feel free comment here and share your “ideas worth spreading.”

You can view Chris Anderson’s TED  Talk here:

http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_innovation.html

Enjoy

-Kurt

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New Videos Online for the Underwater Archaeology Teaching Kit

January 22, 2009
Students using the MUA Teaching Kit.
Students using the MUA Teaching Kit.

We have recently updated the teaching page with two new videos. The first shows a brief portion of the hands on artifact analysis exercise we conducted with a sixth grade class in Maryland. The second shows how we conduct a black water diving simulation wherein students can not see the items they are touching but have to determine if the objects are man made or from the natural environment. If you don’t have one of the MUA Teaching Kits please see our teaching page for information on how to obtain one for your class or organization.

You can see the new videos here: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/teaching.html

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Excavating the Website: There are Lessons Buried Here

November 17, 2007

Last week we announced that the Museum of Underwater Archaeology’s “Holding History in Your Hand” (HHYH) classroom learning kits were ready for shipping world wide. The response has been incredible with inquiries coming in literally from around the world. If you’re not familiar with the kit you can view the brochure here. The MUA staff has been conducting the HHYH exercise for several years now. But since we can’t be everywhere at once we worked with members of the East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies Association to create a lesson plan and artifact analysis guide so that school teachers and other organizations could conduct the exercise themselves.

But one of the most exciting things for us was the decision to augment the lesson plan with additional exercises that let teachers use the MUA website as a teaching tool. We’ve built up a great collection of projects written by underwater archaeologists from around the world but after you’ve read say a field journal written in 2006 what more can be done with it? Is it then time to send it off to the archive to wither away? We don’t think so.

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The MUA in Boston …. and a Classroom Near You

September 26, 2007

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce its latest endeavor: “Holding History in Your Hand,” a program for classroom teachers. This program, entitled “Artifact Analysis” uses a hands-on exercise to teach students how underwater archaeologists learn about people by studying the things they left behind. Through a class discussion of their observations students learn the importance of provenience, context, and conservation. They will learn to make that important step from discussing things to discussing people.

“Holding History in Your Hand” supplies the teacher with a written curriculum presenting the archaeological process, replicas of artifacts for hands on examination, bookmarks, a CD with additional videos of underwater archaeologists at work, other activities for further exploration, and back up copies of all documents teachers can download for future reference.  The classroom activities are supplemented by the MUA’s online exhibit “A Children’s Introduction to Underwater Archaeology.”  The only cost to teachers is for shipping and handling for sending and returning the materials to the MUA.  Please see the Teaching Resource link in the left side navigation menu to download a PDF description for your school at:

http://www.uri.edu/mua

We’re also excited to announce that the MUA will take part in The Archaeological Institute of America’s Archaeology Fair held at the Boston Museum of Science on October 4 – 5, 2007.  We will hold special sessions for the visiting school classes and man a table with information about the new “Holding History in Your Hand,” program and the MUA’s other projects.   A sample kit will be on display. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please stop by if you’re in the area and say hello. We look forward to meeting you!  For more information visit the Boston Museum of Science website at:

http://www.mos.org/events_activities/special_programs&d=2014

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