Blog Post on Class Discussion

The favorite sites that were viewed in the class were Valley of the Shadow, University of Houston’s Digital History, and Virtual Paul’s Cross Project. These sites portrayed and properly used history to educate the amateur historian all the way to a scholarly level historian researching for a project. These websites follow the directions that Cohen & Rosenzweig listed out of easy to use and easy to access websites that allow for the historical information to be understandable and attainable, “An accessible website means that more people can gain a better sense of the past through your digitized materials and commentaries, and also that researchers can locate these documents and artifacts in the first place”(Ch 4, Designing History for the Web: Accessibility). The site that best used the benefits of technology and history combined was Virtual Paul’s Cross Project because it used sound as a mode of learning. In the clear and easy to find acoustics section of the site it gives the user options to hear and listen to sounds of the people that might have been in attendance at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and other surrounding noises. This feature allows the user to place themselves in St. Pauls Cathedral in the 15th century and imagine what it was like through the information acquired from reading, listening, and imagining the surroundings.

1 Comment

  1. A very good start to a discussion, but I’d like to see a bit more on the effectiveness of the project. How specifically does it extend the study of history into the digital age, what tech are they leveraging for the project, how does that differ from traditional history?


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