Kelly Hammond (OER Assistant, Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology, CUNY School of Professional Studies)
September 14, 2023
Advisor: Deborah Holland, NHC Teacher Advisory Council
The radical increase in the power and reach of generative AI has given rise to new questions about the past, present, and future of humanity—questions that K–12 students have too. The growing field of digital humanities (DH) and its subfield of digital pedagogy offer us and our students the tools and skills to begin to answer those questions. The empowering nature of DH and digital pedagogy also make more traditional objectives accessible to a wider array of learners.
In this webinar, we will investigate DH practices in the classroom. Practices that guide the quantifying child to find a love of Frederick Douglass’s autobiographies by investigating term frequency. Practices that lead the young storyteller to craft the narrative of ocean currents through mapping and visualization. Practices that flatten the classroom hierarchy through collaborative approaches that demystify the hidden curriculum and invite participation at each student’s own pace—where students can investigate together the issues that plague the age or promise a better future. We will explore techniques such as distant reading, data visualization, mapping, and collaboration in the K–12 classroom. Teachers will leave the webinar with ideas to try in their upcoming classes, regardless of discipline or student grade level.
Before the live webinar please be sure to review the required resources. Additional supporting materials that may be of interest are also listed below.
Digital humanities (and its sub-field of digital pedagogy) can, at once, seem both foreign and familiar. The resources listed below are intended to provide background on the field as well as introductions to some of the methods we’ll explore in the webinar. The assignments and projects listed for exploration are intended to inspire and generate questions in advance of our time together.
- Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. “The Humanities, Done Digitally.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold, 12–15. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. For the last decade, the Debates in the Digital Humanities series has offered a wide range of essays on the field. This particular piece from the inaugural issue, written by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University and former Associate Executive Director of the Modern Language Association (MLA), provides a sense of the early days and growth of the discipline. Note that any essay from Matt Gold’s Debates series will shed light on Digital Humanities. Readers are welcomed to turn off the annotations and highlights on the hosting platform of Manifold by clicking on the eyeball in the upper, right-hand corner and unchecking those features.
- Croxall, Brian. Distant Reading Duffy—Intro to DH Assignment, Spring 2015.
- D’Agostino, Susan. “With Online Social Annotation, Students Read Together.” Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2022.
- “Esri Winners of the 2023 ArcGIS Middle and High School Online Competition.” Esri Insider, June 2, 2023.
- Fuglei, Monica. “Fun With Words: Boost Reading Engagement With Word Clouds.” ResilientEducator, September 23, 2015.
- Mapping Inequality Project
- Mitchell, Katharyne, and Sarah Elwood. “Engaging Students Through Local Mapping History.” Journal of Geography 111, no. 4 (2012): 148–57.
- Ossom-Williamson, Peace, and Kenton Rambsy. “What Is Distant Reading?” In The Data Notebook. Arlington, TX: Mavs Open Press, 2022.
- “Public Syllabi.” Harvard University Press Blog, November 21, 2016.
- Sen, Mayukh. “Dividing Lines.” Real Life, March 27, 2017.
- Asian American History Syllabus, created by middle school students and teachers.
- K–12 Digital Pedagogy Project by Kelly Hammond
- Bakermans, Marja, Geoff Pfeifer, William San Martín, and Kimberly LeChasseur. “Who Writes and Who Responds? Gender and Race-Based Differences in Open Annotations.” Journal for Multicultural Education 16, no. 5 (2022): 508–21.
- Van Allen, Jennifer, and Stacy Katz. “Teaching with OER during Pandemics and Beyond.” Journal for Multicultural Education 14, no. 3/4 (2020): 209–18.
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