Unit 3: The Multi-Talented Blog (Social Media)
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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
- Read this week's note.
- Watch the video for this unit of the course on ItunesU for NVCC (look for HIS 295) or on YouTube.
- Look at these examples of the blog being used as a "blog," i.e., as social media. I'm sure that you could find many more, and please send me any suggestions to add to the list. Some are better than others.
- Look at these examples of the blog being used as a website.
- Look at these examples of a blog being used as a website or a blog, or both, or a little of both.
- Facebook has become increasingly important as a social media tool
- Northern Virginia History is a public group, as is World War I (Some groups on Facebook are public, and others require that you join to see content.)
- Many organizations also maintain a page on Facebook, such as
- Twitter is also a social media tool and many organization have a Twitter account to send out information such as
- 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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