For every DGST class I’ve ever taken, I have had to Google myself and find/ clean my digital footprint. Without fail, each time I find dirt that I clean out. Today was no exception — nothing bad, just things that are too closely tied to personal information. I did have fun going through the websites and taking small bits of wisdom.
Jess’s site is shiny, fluid, and readable. Her resume is impressive and she is able to use the Infinite Canvas of the internet to her full advantage in order to detail her accomplishments and accolades. My own (poor, poor, abused) resume needs TLC and this served as great inspiration.
Unfortunately, I have a very Ukrainian name which ties me to unsavory practices and events. (In case possible employers are reading, I am not a mail order bride). Thankfully, these worse things don’t come up until page 2 or 3 of my results. Over the years, I’ve done enough good things to push them down, when they were front and center my Freshman year.
This NYT article (that I opened in Incognito because I ran out of free articles) had lots of more basic things, like how to turn off Facebook ad preferences and more overt browser tracking (done and done). However, it also linked to this crazy website called click that narrates JUST HOW MUCH YOU ARE BEING TRACKED. It made me update the VPN I have on Chrome.
“Right now, video and audio aren’t searchable, but they will be.” Welcome to 2018, the age of Echo, Alexa, and Smart homes. This is why the only spy device I keep is my phone — I don’t want a Burger King ad to talk to my technology, and I don’t want my tech to talk back.
This article gave me massive flashbacks to EDUC 420 with Dr. McCall and studying the “Drunken Pirate” Supreme Court case. A student teacher posted a photo to myspace of her drinking from a regular plastic cup, captioned “Drunken Pirate”. She was over the legal drinking age, at an off-campus party, out of school hours. However, she still lost her placement and her teaching degree. She sued for a violation of her First Amendment rights, but the court ruled against her. As an educator, this case is as entertaining as it is frightening because our digital activity is far more closely monitored and judged than the Average Joe.
SO if you’re not HIP and IN THE KNOW, the James Monroe group is creating a 360 video tour, timeline, spotlight videos, QR codes, and website for the james monroe museum. my main job is figuring out the technology part of the 360 degree tour. Originally, we were going to use ThinkLink. It was super cool, great UI, easy learning curve, seemed perfect. Too good to be true, in fact. Over Spring Break I tried to work on the hotspots some more, but LO AND BEHOLD service was stopped because the free trial period ended. If I tried to do something or navigate somewhere other than the subscription and payment plan pages, I got hit with this lovely URL: www.thinglink.com/notallow .
Plans for businesses start at $20/mo. Plans for educators start at $120/yr. Neither were good or had guarantee of everything we were looking for. BUT!!! I may have found a saving grace on Tuesday.
It’s a free (really free, I read the Terms and Conditions this time) 360 image editor that lets you add interactive hotspots, with cool things like text, video, audio, and external links. And there are tutorials for everything. Here’s their sample video.
So, fingers crossed it works out! I’ve played around and it seems good. The next step is making it a real tour.
Our group has been greatly productive. We went to the museum, got all of our filming and principle photography done, and I’ve started to work on hotspots. I think that the timeline and research group is doing well, but we could do better in regards to our communication. We’re making good progress all in all. Next steps are to return to the museum on tuesday in order to finish getting footage of key artifacts. Emily in particular has been great at keeping us on track schedule-wise, and I’ve been heading the tech portion. So far, so good.
This week, we submitted the draft of our contract. Our challenges with that seem to be specificity, we need to add much more detail to what we will be doing and how we will be doing it. As far as the project itself, we weren’t able to get a 360 camera from where we thought. To our knowledge, the only 360 camera that we can use is from the art department, so Kelly will be getting trained in that now. On the bright side, we can get started on filming and editing artifact videos next week. We’ve been able to find great resources for creating virtual tours, courtesy of Google, and we’ve been in contact with Jarod about scheduling.
On a personal note, my blog is seriously broken. I tried to update the site, and thankfully I had a backup because that’s what I’m working off of now. One of my goals before next class is to get my blog updated and functioning again.
This week’s internet roundup was similar to last week’s for us. Our project seems relatively unique in that we won’t be categorizing artifacts or sorting through primary source data. In that, we found some common threads in the digital projects this week. The Lincoln website completely didn’t work, while the Residential Schools site was fluid and modern. The war memorials website was great if you were looking specifically for a name, but difficult to just browse around. The 9/11 repository did a good job on its videos, but uploading images, videos, and audio files directly to the site would burn a huge amount of space. There was one more site that Dr. McClurken linked in our Slack channel of another virtual tour. That one used image hotspots to turn images into links to 360 panoramas. This seems to be a good backup if the google tour has issues, like it did earlier. All in all, we don’t want things to be so complicated that they become dated, obsolete, or break entirely.
I’ve worked with both StorymapJS and TimelineJS before, and they’re fine. TimelineJS is clunky to learn but after trying it out once or twice it’s easily workable. For the James Monroe Museum, I could see using either Storymap or Timeline in order to create an interactive timeline of the Biography room. Honestly, I was more excited about using Soundcite and Aurasma/HP Reveal in order to bring keystone exhibits such as the piano forte and the Monroe desk to shine.
As for Aurasma, hopefully if you focus on this picture you will be greeted with a woman singing.
Aurasma seems more hit or miss, as I haven’t been able to get my friends’ phones to find it. This would be absolutely AMAZING for the museum, but again, it needs more working out. So far, everything is fine on the creation end, but being easily discoverable is something else entirely.
I found that in searchingI liked the projects that were more interactive such as the Emilie Davis Diaries and the First Days Project. There were engaging reads, such as Black Perspectives and History of the National Mall. I found that I could appreciate the detail in something like The Great Molasses Flood, but the event itself and other representations were more interesting to me than the close reading of the paper. Some websites were easier to navigate thanks to their design- First Days in particular comes to mind as very natural. Unfortunately, I can’t see very much of what would work in the James Monroe museum project. Maybe an Omeka site like the History of the National Mall would work to host the videos and tour? But, more than likely it would just cause issues when trying to integrate it with the existing website or something would break along the way. I honestly don’t see much useful in these tools.
Hello everyone, my name is Lesya (sounds like Liza)
I decided to take ADH primarily because it fulfills the DGST minor requirement. The subject matter is also very interesting to me, as I am in the Elementary Education program and Interdisciplinary Science Studies major. This means that while I can teach general elementary without issue, I’m also more specialized to work as a STEM focus teacher, or in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers. I have no clue where I’ll end up, but I think this class should be helpful in any area I pursue.