In this week, students will learn:
- basic elements that make up a website
- how to set up a website with an external hosting service & custom domain
- how to install software on a server
- basic skills for using WordPress
- other tools for digital historical research
Tuesday, January 30
Joining the 1%: Or, Becoming Digitally Creative
Note: In this class, we will be establishing an online presence with Reclaim Hosting & installing and learning to use WordPress. Please bring credit card information to this class session to pay the registration fee. Also, WAIT to do this in class, where I will give you a coupon code for a 10% discount! Finally, you may want to be thinking ahead of time about the domain name you will choose.
Part II: Researching History Online
“How Does Google Work? Learn How Google Works: Search Engine + AdWords.” http://www.ppcblog.com/how-google-works/.
Cohen, Dan. “Is Google Good for History?” Dan Cohen, January 7, 2010. http://www.dancohen.org/2010/01/07/is-google-good-for-history/.
Lab: Digital research management with Zotero
1. View the videos below:
Introduction to Zotero
Homework (due 5:00 pm Monday, February 5)
- Download and install Zotero from here. Practice adding at least 2-3 sources to Zotero, using the methods demonstrated in the video.
- Write a blog post (approx. 250 words or so) on your new WordPress site. The post should reflect on 1) what you’ve learned about digital history thus far in the semester, and 2) speculate about what you might use your new personal domain space for. Email me the link to your post once it is finished.
- Share your new domain and blog via social media, or email it to at least three friends/family members