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Ellenberger – Teaching Archaeology

This topic contains 5 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Kate Ellenberger 3 years, 8 months ago.

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  • #297

    Colleen Morgan
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    It would be great to have a database of archaeology teaching materials–would it also incorporate materials from existing resources such as:

    SAA Resources for Educators:
    http://www.saa.org/publicftp/PUBLIC/resources/foredu.html

    Project Archaeology:
    http://projectarchaeology.org/teachers

    I am not certain that a WordPress blog should be the main resource for this repository–perhaps a Zotero collection of links with an accompanying blog updating with progress and news would be a better output for teachers. Or a well-curated and locked-down wiki might also suit.

    A wiki or a Zotero collection would also not suffer quite as much from potential linkrot and could be shared and passed along once the main project investigator is finished.

    #305

    Kate Ellenberger
    Participant

    Good ideas, I did contact the group currently revamping the educator resources pages with the SAA to make sure we did not work cross purposes. The main organizer Eli Konwest is happy for me to continue and to pull resources from the page as long as it is cited.

    Project archaeology I am going to have to work on, they are quite strict about copyright with all their materials.

    I had fooled around with the idea of a wiki or even a commons. The commons got thrown out as an initial project because it would require so much more buy-in. The wiki could work, although I am worried it would not be as easy for people to submit or annotate the resources (particularly original ones) like if it were a wordpress with pressforward and hypothesis. But your point about link rot is well taken. It is hard to decide which path has the most strengths! Do you think a wiki is a better idea? I need to learn more about the technological requirements of me for that path, I think.

    #333

    Daniel Pett
    Participant

    Hi Kate,
    Sorry for not chipping in sooner. I’ve seen you’ve had a few issues with this already. Super idea, and perhaps very needed, but also very broad in scope. Could you base your project around the concept behind the programming historian? Make your project bite sized, start with small and easily doable archaeological subjects, see how they fare, measure their success and then iterate to the next level?

    Can you build partnerships with institutions, people etc to maintain their own resources on your proposed repository, whether it is git, wordpress, wiki or whatever software base? Get them to take ownership and help prevent link rot (which will happen however hard you try!)

    Is there precedent for this failing in the PAG mailing list becoming defunct? Is there a need for what you are trying to achieve, ie evidence that people will use it? I think they will, I am just asking….

    Ultimately, will it just be you maintaining it? Can you get help?

    Dan

    #551

    Kate Ellenberger
    Participant

    So with my new smaller scale version (http://digitalarchaeology.msu.edu/teaching-archaeology-turned-upside-down/), testing out the tech I need to get this long term plan to work…

    I found two good candidates:

    Pinderful (http://www.cogzidel.com/pinterest-clone/)

    iPin Pro (http://ericulous.com/index.html)

     

    My current experiment:

    Now I am trying to install iPin Pro on the wordpress I have at http://www.pocumtuckheritage.org

    To implement my plan I am going to need to make a ‘multi site’ to make this work because each subdomain will need a different theme or else I can’t install/modify these pinterest clones only on one otherwise… I think…

    I’m doing Shawn Graham style experimentation so taking advice.

    I’ll post here and on the blog about the organization and style I am aiming for shortly.

    #552

    Kate Ellenberger
    Participant

    So with my new smaller scale version (http://digitalarchaeology.msu.edu/teaching-archaeology-turned-upside-down/), testing out the tech I need to get this long term plan to work…

    I found two good candidates:

    Pinderful (http://www.cogzidel.com/pinterest-clone/)

    iPin Pro (http://ericulous.com/index.html)

     

    My current experiment:

    Now I am trying to install iPin Pro on the wordpress I have at http://www.pocumtuckheritage.org

    To implement my plan I am going to need to make a ‘multi site’ to make this work because each subdomain will need a different theme or else I can’t install/modify these pinterest clones only on one otherwise… I think…

    I’m doing Shawn Graham style experimentation so taking advice.

    I’ll post here and on the blog about the organization and style I am aiming for shortly.

    #554

    Kate Ellenberger
    Participant

    My blog post: http://digitalarchaeology.msu.edu/making-technology-match-epistemological-goals/

    An excerpt that is especially pertinent to my current experiment:

    “We came up with an initial idea a few months ago which has three sections (if you are thinking from a technological standpoint):

    • A front page which introduces the visitor to the purpose and functioning of the website; graphic, accessible, modern

    • A pinboard-style narrative-building section using artifact photographs as entry points; bits of historical, archaeological, local oral history, indigenous oral tradition, and other narratives attached to each photograph will be selectable by the visitor, who will construct a personal narrative (pinboard, of sorts) of the compelling bits (pins) they take away from their navigation of the information

    • A hub for recognizing and hosting (or linking, depending on author preference and copyright restrictions) the research products throughout the history of this project”

    I am gonna try this pinboard thing but Shawn tells me that PHP is awful (which makes me a little scared…) and I am happy to add some other experiments to the to-do list!

    I have heard everything from build a wiki to make a github page but it is key that non-techie folk who I leave this to can do basic updates without me so I am a bit hesitant on some of them.

    Am I nutso for doing this in WordPress?

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