HIS 218
Unit 3: The Multi-Talented Blog (Social Media)

 
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Unidentified Russian village houses. Photo credit C. T. Evans
 
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Short introduction

The blog was one of the first digital tools/apps that appeared on the web, and historians have made use of the blog in different ways. (Look at some of the listed examples below.) In this unit you'll create your own blog which you will then use for the remainder of the course. This is also your first encounter with the importance of design, because a bad-looking blog will not be as effective as a good-looking one.

What you must do in this unit

Submit

  • Post on your blog (10 points): (a) Find some examples of blogs that are used in different ways for the study of history. (b) Follow two different historians or historical organizations/associations/entities using Facebook and Twitter (or an alternative), and explain your selection in a short post. If you are interested in Northern Virginia history, I highly recommend Boundary Stones.
  • Submit the URL of your blog post on Canvas for grading.

Extra credit options

  • Please suggest a website, Blog, Facebook page or Twitter account relevant to this unit of the course.

Unit learning objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to create and begin to use a digital tool for historical study
 
 

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