Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Sports Theme

Hello everyone.

As I am sure all of you know already, I will be focusing on the theme of sports history at the University.  With the interview of Dr. Pearson, I think I am going to focus on those students he has personally mentored.  Since he came to the campus in the early 1980s and was here at the very beginning of Phi Slamma Jamma, I think I will wrap my interview around those early sports figures.  I think I will also take a few seconds or so when I ask him about the future of the University, I think I will focus on such sports figures as Kevin Kolb and Case Keenum.  I am not quite sure how I am going to do this yet, but I have a storyboard in my head.

As far as pictures go, I think I will look for older pictures of the University during the 1980s and some of the pictures of that 1983-86 basketball team in particular.  I will also need pictures of former quarterback Kevin Kolb and maybe also a pic of Case Keenum.  I might even show 5 to 10 second video clips of these guys if I can somehow work it in but I am still working that out in my head.

See all of you in a few hours.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Digital Storytelling

Well, this is embarrassing.  I had this post up a week ago (I thought I did) but I guess I never hit publish post because when I went back in today to check about class, this post was still in edit draft form.  Oops, sorry everyone.  I guess I am still very much a newbie when it comes to Blogger.  Well here it is, LATE, and I will see all of you in about a week.
I have always been a person that is always looking for new ways to tell stories.  I have to say that there is so much here I could look at and study that would peak my interest but as all of you can tell from the time I put this up, I simply do not have enough time to read all that I would like.  Well, I have searched through those articles I like the best and have come up with two that I like the most.  If it sounds like I am saying the same thing for both articles it is because they relate in a way that I think is important.  

1. Thesen, Ashley, and Julia Kara-Soteriou. 2011. "Using digital storytelling to unlock student potential." New England Reading Association Journal 46, no. 2: 93-100. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 21, 2011).

This article tells how digital storytelling is changing the way in which students tell stories.  Using second graders as "the storytellers" in the article, the authors show that having students add digital media to their stories not only peaks more interest in the students but also helps them to become better storytellers.  By learning new software as well, using digital media is teaching these young children how to not only tell interesting stories but also teach them technical skills that are required in our new digital age.

Even though I do feel that there is value in traditional storytelling (I particularly like sitting around listening to my parents and grandparents tell me of how they climbed up the peaks of the Kansas, yes Kansas mountains in order to go to school or how my grandfather had to eat lard during the depression in order to live).  We all know there are no mountains in Kansas and if my grandpa truly ate nothing but lard he would have killed himself but still these stories are something that I appreciate and find value in.

None the less, I like this article because it shows me that digital media in storytelling is something that can truly make competent storytellers using traditional methods into better storytellers using digital methods.

2. Ariffin Abdul Mutalib, Nurulnadwan Aziz, and Zatul Amilah Shaffiei. 2011. Digital storytelling makes reading fun and entertaining. International Journal of Computer Applications 18 (1).

This article I will not say much about because the conclusions are basically the same as the first one.

The major difference of this article from the first is how the authors used the children story of Tarzan in digital form to show how Digital Story Telling "invokes fun" for readers, especially younger readers.  The article used a very scientific approach when it came to proving its point of how Digital Story Telling (DST's) can arouse emotions and be quite entertaining and fun for readers.  With the reading experience more "fun," I believe the article is showing how we can make the learning experience that much easier for present and future generations.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Digital History Websites and Journal Articles

In looking for Digital History sites online, I thought it would be a good thing to look for my areas of research interest.  Over the summer, I spent a lot of time doing research from home for a project I am a part of.  There were plenty of times when I could not make it downtown and because I normally did my research late at night (when it was the quietest), I found that the digital history sites gave me more information, in a compact manner, in a quicker amount of time than if I spent all that afternoon at the library.  I do not know if there will ever be a time when archive research will be obsolete because I do not believe that you can fully digitize everything however, where we have gone just in the last five or so years is a long way to make the life of a researcher a lot easier.  The Digital History sites that I have listed below are ones that I use all the time and they have proven extremely valuable to me over the last several years. 

1. This first one is from my primary area of research interest: baseball history.  There are an enormous amount of sites that provide a digital history of the sport.  I will list only two here but these two are ones that I have used for years.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame Archive and the Business of Baseball Archive give me a wealth of information when it comes to primary and secondary source material.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Archive

The Business of Baseball Archive

2. Another interest of mine is Thomas Jefferson.  The digital archive at the Monticello website is loaded with an enormous amount of material over the third president.  It is a valuable resource and when I have a hard time finding information over Jefferson in the library, I go to this site to get the info I need.

3.   Another site that is useful in my research is the Texas State Historical Association Digital Archives.  I know this is probably been used hundreds of times but, it is still a valuable digital archive for what I need.

Journal Articles

1. "Copyright Future in the Digital World" by Preston Parker
Parker, Preston P. 2011. "Copyright future in the digital world." TechTrends 55 (3): 16-8.

"More and more digital content creators are recognizing the benefits for being open. They are choosing
to go against the system because the benefits outweigh the costs. They are choosing newer business models so that progress can be supported and they can receive incentives for creating, which is the original intent and interpretation of copyright laws."

2. "Ensuring Our Digital Future" by Marshall Breeding

Citation: Breeding, M.. (2010, November). "Ensuring Our Digital Future." Computers in Libraries, 30(9), 32-34.  Retrieved September 7, 2011, from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry. (Document ID: 2187126831).

"Overall, I observe that the unique and special collections in the custody of libraries receive excellent attention and will last long into the future through both physical conservation and ever-improving digital preservation processes and infrastructure. Libraries increasingly have access to trusted digital repositories that implement the best practices available to ensure that digital materials will survive into the distant future, migrating digital content forward through continuous cycles of technology. Unfortunately, a more likely scenario would involve huge gaps in cultivating collections of cultural or scholarly interest due to losses associated with the vulnerabilities of digital media."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Themes for Digital History this semester

After looking through the vast library of information available on the Digital UH website and after thinking it over for the last couple of days, I have a few ideas that popped in my head on themes that we can possibly look at throughout the semester.   

1.  The beginnings of public television and how this affected how the University was seen on a national scale.  I did not know that PBS channel 8 was the first public television station in the nation.  PBS has influence many of us throughout our lives and the idea that public broadcasting started with our school is something we should be proud of.  Along that same train of thought, what were the factors that led to the development of Channel 8 and how did the city react to the idea of a public television station?

2.  As an avid sports fan, I know that race was a hot issue when it came to the integration of African American athletes on college sports teams.  I heard a story not long ago that the University of Houston was a leader in Texas when it came to allowing African American athletes to play on college sports teams.  How was the University seen locally and nationally when it came to this hot issue?  How did other schools in Texas and the south react to the leadership role the University took on this matter?

3.  On this final one, I would like to look at the culture of the 1980s.  The 1980s were a time of financial success throughout the country but also it seemed to be a problem for oil.  Growing up during this period in Houston, I remember that the city of Houston seemed to suffer during this time because of the energy crisis.  So I guess the theme we could possibly look at here is the idea of the culture around the campus during the late 1970s and 1980s.  I wonder if the kids who wanted to be in the energy field started to think twice about career choices.