Maps & Timelines

This assignment was a good interactive way to familiarize myself with these new tools. I have never done a project that involved the use of either StoryMapJS or TimelineJS but I can really see now how they will be helpful for this class and especially my group project. StoryMapJS was pretty simple to use, I had no problem uploading pictures and editing the content. I preferred the StoryMapJS of the two because it looked better visually. I like the integration of the map while the slideshow played; for this slideshow I mapped out all the places I’ve ever lived and visited, and  it was great to see the scope of all the locations marked out on the map. TimelineJS was good, but I think it’s more suited to factual and historical information due to how simple it is. Using the excel doc took a little more time to navigate but it wasn’t impossible either. I simply transferred the info as best as I could from my previous StoryMapJS.

Lastly, I liked how both applications gave me the option to save and share a link to the project, and I also liked that the code was readily available for copy and pasting into our own sites.

StoryMapJS

 

 

TimelineJS

 

Maps & Timelines

This assignment was a good interactive way to familiarize myself with these new tools. I have never done a project that involved the use of either StoryMapJS or TimelineJS but I can really see now how they will be helpful for this class and especially my group project. StoryMapJS was pretty simple to use, I had no problem uploading pictures and editing the content. I preferred the StoryMapJS of the two because it looked better visually. I like the integration of the map while the slideshow played; for this slideshow I mapped out all the places I’ve ever lived and visited, and  it was great to see the scope of all the locations marked out on the map. TimelineJS was good, but I think it’s more suited to factual and historical information due to how simple it is. Using the excel doc took a little more time to navigate but it wasn’t impossible either. I simply transferred the info as best as I could from my previous StoryMapJS.

Lastly, I liked how both applications gave me the option to save and share a link to the project, and I also liked that the code was readily available for copy and pasting into our own sites.

StoryMapJS

 

 

TimelineJS

 

Why I’m taking Digital History

I’m taking this class because I’m currently working on a communication and digital study’s major and this was one of the electives available this semester. In all my classes up to date I have yet to participate in a  project like that of our group projects, particularly one involving civil war artifacts and research. I’ve always been interested in learning about new forms of media and how they can be applied to fields like history, the arts, business etc. I’ve also always been very interested in history and the humanities and regret not being able to take more of those types of classes so this class is a welcomed blend of both concentrations. It will also be a nice opportunity to finally apply concepts and  digital tools to a project that could potentially be used beyond this class. After I graduate from UMW I am strongly considering grad school for communications, so I’m excited to make the most of any projects this semester that could help my application.