Teaching with Twitter

EDIT (8:00 PM, Jan 3): Unfortunately I will need to withdraw this session or pass it off to someone else. My flight has been delayed and I will not make it to Denver until at least 3 pm tomorrow (Jan 4). If someone else likes the idea and wants to take it up, let me know! Happy to collaborate/send some ideas your way to help this conversation happen.


This could be a teach, talk, or play session – or some combination of all three, depending on what’s most useful.

Teach: In summer 2016, I participated in Hybrid Pedagogy‘s Teaching with Twitter online course (led by Jesse Stommel) and my students and I used Twitter as a tool in a World Civilizations course during the Fall 2016 semester. If an intro to teaching with Twitter would be useful, I’d love to share what it took to get started, how I worked Twitter into the class, and how students responded to the inclusion of Twitter in the class.

Talk: Discuss pros/cons/potential uses of Twitter together. A chance to brainstorm how Twitter can support pedagogy and class/student goals, what rules might need to govern Twitter in the classroom, and how issues like accessibility, student privacy, and cyberbullying can come up when using Twitter.

Play: Set up “disposable” Twitter accounts for anyone without an account then play around. “Play” could include a Twitter chat online, setting up Tweetdeck, composing Twitter essays, or mining Twitter for hashtags and accounts that might be useful to us as teachers/professionals.

For any of the above options, it would be useful for participants to have access to a phone, tablet, or laptop with internet access.

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Digital Fluency in an “Information Age”

The past year has brought us many examples of the need for students (well, for the public), to be able to evaluate sources, to identify how and why knowledge is produced in all of its many media and forms, and to suggest the ways in which verifiable, authoritative sources can be produced using the tools of scholars.

The focus of Digital History and Digital Humanities on consumption, analysis, and production of knowledge in many digital forms allows practitioners and novices to address and help demonstrate to students and the public how digital production works and why we should be skeptical of it.

That’s not a simple process however.  As Mike Caulfield of Washington State University, Vancouver, has been writing lately (such as in “Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?“), curriculum for information literacy is not new, but that such programs are not sufficiently grounded in either specific content areas or the structures of the Web to keep up with the blizzard of problematic content.  And as my colleague at UMW, Kris Shaffer, has noted in a recent article (“Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies“) the issue isn’t just misinformed content, but intentional misleading content.  As he notes,  “The future of digital culture ― yours, mine, and ours ― depends on how well we learn to use the media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and complicated our lives.”

So, I propose a session in which we talk about strategies to address issues of Digital Fluency (or Fluencies) at our schools and in our departments, to share existing resources on Digital and Information Fluency, and to describe what an idealized curriculum would address.

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Preplanned Sessions

Twelve days until THATCamp AHA Denver 2017! As we gear up for the (un)conference, the schedule is starting to take shape. While there will be plenty of space for nominated presentations (propose!), there are two preplanned sessions.

The first, led by UC-Denver’s Stephanie Robbins, examines digital accessibility and ways to improve access to digital and web based tools for people with disabilities. Stephanie provided a series of links under the Digital Accessibility Resources.

The second is on digital mapping and will be facilitated by Angela Cunningham and Samuel Smith from CU-Boulder. Those interested in attending this session are encouraged to bring a laptop that already has Google Earth installed and have access to a non-institutional Google account. Here’s a link to the session’s handout, but please don’t feel obligated to study it before the (un)conference as it will serve as the outline for the session.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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Registration Reaching Cap

While we would love to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, due to space concerns registration will be capped at 100. As of December 22, current registration sits at 73. Register today to reserve your spot!

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Registration is open!


Registration for THATCamp AHA Denver 2017 is now open!

THATCamp will be held on January 4th at University of Colorado Denver. It’s a great opportunity to talk and learn about the of technology in historical scholarship, in a relaxed and informal environment.

We will be accepting applications on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to register early, and watch this space for updates over the coming months.

You don’t have to be attending the AHA annual meeting to come to THATCamp (but it will be great, so think about it). All are welcome, just come with an interest in history, technology and your enthusiasm.

See you there.

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Announcing THATCamp AHA Denver 2017


We’re very pleased to announce the seventh annual THATCamp AHA. Starting in Chicago in 2012 we have had a THATCamp at our annual meeting every year, and this year is no different. This edition will be held on January 4, 2017, the day before the start of the AHA Annual meeting, at the University of Colorado Denver. We’re very thankful for the sponsorship of the College of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Colorado Denver, the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, and the Office of Academic of the University of Colorado System.

You don’t have to be attending the AHA annual meeting to come to THATCamp. It is free and open to all, but if you are coming please think about attending. You can find out more about the meeting, check out the program, and get details about travel on the AHA website.

We will be opening THATCamp registration very soon, so watch this space. If you’ve never been to a THATCamp you can read more about the THATCamp movement at thatcamp.org.

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