Each group needs to appoint a Omeka SuperAdmin who will take the lead on managing their Omeka site. [Everyone will be able to access and add to their Omeka site, but I want one person responsible for setting up accounts for everyone else.] Those people should email me to set up a time to meet tomorrow or Thursday (unless your group is not using Omeka, in which case you need to email me to that effect).
As part of our discussion today, check out FireFTP.
Check out this vidcast from the creators of Omeka about its creation and a demonstration of using it.
Okay, per our discussion last week, everyone’s contracts are posted to the link marked, appropriately enough, Contracts. [The outlines I provided at the start of the class for each group are still there, only they’re now more accurately labeled Project Outlines.]
Just a gentle reminder that even if you don’t have a specific blogging assignment, you’re still supposed to be blogging. Blog your project status; blog your trials and tribulations with various research or creative issues; blog your ideas for your group. Blog about individual or group progress; blog about how cool a new tool is or how much it annoys you.
In other words, I want you to blog….
Don’t forget your revised contracts are due by Sunday evening. Email to let me know when I should look at your Google Doc Contract page.
By jmcclurken on February 8, 2008 Comments Off on Contracts — Reviewing What We Discussed in Class on Thursday
1. Details of contract — As we talked about, the guidelines in the syllabus require a Mission statement, a list of the tools you’re planning on using (with a brief explanation of how they will be used), and a schedule of milestones (at a minimum when critical pieces of the project are complete (or near complete) and ready to present).
2. Ready early? — Please let me know if your contract is done before Tuesday so that I can begin to go over it and we can start to talk about your group’s plan in class on Tuesday.
3. Negotiation — The contract your group turns in on Tuesday will be the beginning point for a negotiation about your group’s plan for the rest of the semester. What might we be negotiating about? The scope and direction of the project, the tools you’re planning on using for the site or for particular parts, and the timetable of milestones you’ve established. Given point #4 below, I envision my role as one of focusing, tweaking, and asking questions about implementation. I may ask for more details about particular parts that are unclear, or ask you to rework (or explain further) a section that I think may not be feasible, given time constraints and/or technology issues.
4. WTG — I’ve seen early versions of the contracts for every group now and I have to say I’m really, really impressed.
I’m not saying step 3 won’t happen. It will and we’ll have discussions about your plans for your sites.
But step back from your group tweaking, retooling and rewriting of the contracts for a minute…. Look at how far you’ve come since that first week of class (or even since you decided to sign up for the class). Look at how many tools you’ve learned to use, some of which you’d never heard of before. Look at the way that blogging has become easy (if not regular) for all of you. Look at the way that you’ve been hammering out ideas with your group, sometimes arguing with and sometimes inspiring each other. Look at the way that many of you have pushed me and our friends in DTLT to find answers to your questions about tools and research, about web hosting and web authoring, about video, scanning, time lines and Omeka. I’ve been looking and it’s pretty impressive from where I sit. I can’t wait to see these projects continue to unfold.
Ok, now, get back to the contract tweaking.
It sounds like there’s some confusion about the contracts, the tools, and the location of these sites. We’ll talk about all these things tomorrow during class.
So, people working on the CircaVie timeline project noticed Matt’s post about his difficulty getting it to work in his blog and asked if they could help. If you didn’t have a sense of the larger community you’ve entered into, you should now.
A number of you have commented on the possibilities VoiceThread might offer your group.
Here, via Prof. Fernsebner, is an example to check out.
By jmcclurken on January 30, 2008 Comments Off on Thursday’s Tools Discussion
Okay, based on the comments, posts and trackbacks, it sounds like people are most interested in spending more time on:
- Windows Movie Maker
- Something for Timelines
- blogs as publishing platforms
We won’t have time to get to all of these tomorrow, but we’ll see what we can get to.
Agenda for class on Thursday
- Discuss readings — focus especially on Anthony Grafton’s New Yorker article
- Engage with tools selected by the class for 10-20 minutes
- Split into groups to continue planning