Time I Lesson Plan

Due Friday at 8 PM

History sits at the intersection of time (when) and space (where) yet most histories separate those two into describing action during a time (the text) and the locating where that action took place (maps). Digital history lets us do both at once.

Learning objectives: at the end of this lesson you should be able to:


Starting with this lesson plan, we’ll be using a variety of different digital resources that may be new to you. Please ask questions on the General Discussion board as soon as you experience difficulties. NEVER SUFFER IN SILENCE!

For the Time Module (and many other modules this semester) we’ll be using a content management system (CMS) called Omeka. A CMS is like a bookshelf where you store digital information. It has a specific structure and specific rules for what you can do with the digital information. What the CMS looks like is it’s user interface, or UI. The same content can look very different depending on the UI. For example, look at these two blogs: Lincoln Mullen and Roopika Risam Both are just blogs, with the same CMS, but very different user interfaces.

Most people invest their interests in the UI (think how much trouble Facebook gets in when the company changes how the Facebook pages looks). As historians, we want to build stories about the past- the UI is less important. To extend the book metaphor, we’d rather have 100 books on a sturdy bookshelf in an ugly store than 2 books on a flimsy shelf in a beautiful store.

You already work with at least one CMS: we call it D2L (now Brigthspace by D2L).

For digital history, we want our CMS to pay attention to the things historians care about: why, where, what, when and who. In particular, we want to be sure when is closely tied to a where.

So, as a class, we’re going to create a single map and timeline with information from the readings for the Time module. This weeks lesson is fairly simple, and we will build on it for next week.

Activities to complete project

  1. To compete the lesson, you must accept the invitation from Omeka sent to you at your Normandale email. Once you’ve accepted the invitation, you may log into Omeka the website: http://jacknorton.org/1101-spring–2017/admin/users/login

  2. Once you’ve logged in, you should see a page that give you the option to click on a link for Image “Neatline,” the part of Omeka we’ll use this week.

  3. Click on the text of “Gods and Laws” to access our exhibit editor page.

  4. Once you’re in, you’ll see an edit page that looks like this. Click on “New Record.”

  5. Next, go back to your readings for this week and chose a person, idea, quotation, or place that has a defined date, either a start date (such as born), and end date (such as when an empire falls apart) or a date spread (such as 2019–2001 BCE). Only one person can do each item, so if someone has chosen the person, idea, quotation, or place you want, you’ll have to find another. If you run out of items, you may use this website .

  6. You are going to create a point on a map that has a date. Give your point a Title (name) that relates to you item.