Category: Digital Toolbox

So this is a little late, but last week we worked with to update the Digital History book. It was quite interesting. The section I worked on what regarding ownership of online sources. Most of the annoations I made were actually not regarding policy changes, as those have remained pretty steady, but complications to rules. I noted a lot of ideas and rules that were mentioned that have since been complicated like music and Youtube as well as fair use and classrooms. For the book, some of the rules may be the same, but the layout of the board has changed dramatically in some ways.

Creating a Digital Identity

This week we focused on how to create a digital identity. There is no set format or way to create this identity, giving people lots of options as they try to create a digital portfolio. Some lessons that I have learned while viewing others websites and advice blogs:

  1. From Jessica Reingold I learned that my profile does not need to completely serious. The language that she used was very personable and friendly. I also liked that at the bottom she included just some general likes and hobbies she has that let people reading her profile get to know her a erosion in addition to her professional experience.
  2. From Dr. McClurken I learned that you should link reverent content. To a certain degree I have this because I use my blog for many of my class, but I could add other material to help build my digital portfolio.
  3. From Build a Digital Footprint You Can be Proud of, I learned that while you cannot always get rid of something bad (like on third party publications) you can try to burry it under a lot of good.
  4. From How is the Internet Watching You, the fact that nothing that I do is really private was represented in a terrifying way.
  5. From Danah Boyd I learned that a digital identity is not something that you work on once and then never look at again. You should regularly review and update the public profile that you put out. Additionally, you should be aware of everything you post, not just your own blog. People can find you public profile and that nasty comment you made on so and sos blog as well.
New Digital Tools

New Digital Tools

This week I played around a bit with JS StoryMap, JS Timeline, and HP Reveal. To be completely honest, I have used StoryMap a few times already so I did not create a new one. I’ve made some good and bad ones over the last couple years, but this is one that I really liked.

Technically, I didn’t format the citations right, but as far as the StoryMap as a whole, I like how it turned out. I changed the map style to make it more visually interesting and look almost like a map that could have exited during the 1600s (although probably not). I have also put in my own images in others, but I didn’t have a high res image so they ended up a little… wonky.

Although I am not sure that this tool will work well with the James Monroe Museum project, as we are creating a 360 tour rather than an actual mapping of history, I really like this digital tool.

This was actually my first time actually trying to use Timeline. I’ve seen it in classes before,  but have always chosen StoryMap over Timeline. For this a assignment, I made a simple, non-academic timeline relating to my journey through college.

Similar to StoryMap, this is very easy to use. The chart is very self explanatory and lets you decide how much you do or do not want to include. Having to put all of ,y images on Flickr (or finding them there), was a little more time consuming than uploading them into StoryMap, but nothing actually strenuous and could easily be accomplished. I like the movement of StoryMap better, but depending on the assignment, I know this could potentially be a better tool. Again, because of our projects goal, this tool won’t necessarily be useful in for this project, but it a good tool to have in my toolbox.

Finally, I decided to work with HP Reveal/Aurasmus since it seemed to work with the James Monroe Museum. Not only did we want to create the video tour to draw people to the museum, we wanted to provide a deeper, more interactive experience for those that visited. I though it would be interesting to use the Monroe desk and (if possible) add an aura over it of a depiction of Monroe using the desk. Another person mention using the pianoforte and adding a tune from the 1750-1830s to play. There is a small issue that the aura seem to be saving to individual phones right now, but in class on Tuesday we had all agreed to look into/work on it. When you go onto HP Reveal you can look as different Auras and channels that have been created.


To create the aura, you hit the “+” sign and choose an overlay…


Jellyfish Aura

Once you have done that you take an image of the object you want to trigger the aura. Then whenever you scan that object with the app on your phone, it appears…

Scan 2

Aura 3

Scan 1


I really liked this and, once we get the one kink worked out, I think that this could be a vital piece of our final project. It’s pretty easy to use and can truly give the visitors of the museum a new and unique experience.