Teaching with #DigHist
Teaching with #DigHist is an AHA Today series geared toward instructors at every level who are thinking about using digital history projects in their classrooms. Each month, John Rosinbum, a high school and college instructor in Arizona, will review a digital history project, explore what sorts of historical questions it could help students answer, and provide learning-outcome driven, ready-to-use assignments.
- "Teaching with #DigHist: Introducing a New Series on Using Digital Projects in the Classroom," AHA Today, 23 August 2016
John Rosinbum uses Viral Texts to teach students about how newspapers can function as sources, not just for important historical events, but also for gaining an understanding of the broader cultural context in which those events took place.
- "Before BuzzFeed: Going Viral in 19th-Century American Newspapers," AHA Today (27 March, 2017)
- Sample Assignment: Comparing Media: "The Past is Never Dead. It's Not Even Past"
- Sample Assignment: Charting the Virality of a 19th-Century Article
The Making of Charlemagne's Europe
Guest contributor Kalani Craig uses the Making of Charlemagne's Europe to teach medieval history through historical charters.
- "Using Charters to Teach Medieval History," AHA Today (23 February, 2017)
- Sample Lesson Plan: Rethinking Modern Assumptions about Property Value
- Sample Lesson Plan: Exploring Connections between Charters
The Colored Conventions Project
The primary goal of the Colored Conventions Project is to recover an understudied aspect of the 19th century reform movement—Black conventions. Rosinbum uses the resources available on the project's website to teach his students about activism and the lives of African American men and women in the 19th century.
- "Uncovering Activism and Engaging Students: The Colored Conventions Project," AHA Today (12 December 2016)
- Sample Assignment: Annotation, Contextualization, and the Colored Conventions Project
Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
John Rosinbum uses Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database to teach students visualization, contextualization, and other historical thinking skills.
- "Teaching with Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database," AHA Today (31 October 2016)
- Sample Assignment: Visualizing the Transatlantic Slave Trade with Voyages
- Sample Assignment: Tracking a Slave Ship with Voyages
John Rosinbum uses ORBIS, a program that allows students to interact with maps of Ancient Rome, as an easy entry into digital history projects for students.