The Missing Links

Some weeks seem to generate more links than others – this week has had more links than a sausage maker. There’s a great digital humanities community on twitter. If you’re not signed up for twitter, I strongly recommend it. You’d be hard pressed to find a larger community of friendly and interesting people (and I’m not just saying that because I’m there). In the past months, twitter has become my social network of choice.

1. Walden, A Game – A trailer for a proposed video game about Henry David Thoreau’s time at Walden Pond. This project hopes to bring Thoreau’s writing to a wider audience by engaging them in a new media. The game looks stunning and is a great example of how new media can be used to engage a wider audience.

2. Klouchebag – I admit it, for a long time I cared about my Klout score. I’ve since realized that nearly all established metrics to measure social media success are fairly suspect. Klouchebag mocks Klout and those who think that bigger numbers are better.

3. Digital Preservation is Cultural Literacy – A great article stating the importance to teach students digital preservation skills. It also suggests a number of ways schools could bring more digital skills into the classroom.

4. I Made This – A British project which brings together artists, educators, programmers, and creative professionals to empower youth through creating unique learning experiences. A fantastic project and one that should be a model for anyone interested in help youth succeed.

5. 100 Ways to Use twitter in Education – A great list of ideas for people interested in bringing social media into the classroom. I love the idea of using twitter during a lecture or seminar to create a real-time discussion forum.

 

I have a lot of exciting things planned for the site in the coming week. Look for an informal podcast on Monday where I discuss with my dear friend Marri Knadle how a background in the humanities helps (or does not help) you find employment post-university.

I also hope to record my first video in my series exploring the museums of South Korea.

Also expect a post mid week in which I outline my plan for a “director’s commentary” of my MA dissertation. Since completing my MA in the fall of 2011, I’ve been wanting to go back and revise my dissertation, taking the markers’ comments into consideration. I’m going to write about this experience and record some of my thoughts as a podcast.

Stay tuned for more updates on ivytwr.

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