Week 1: Living and Learning in a Digital World

Part of doing and thinking about digital history involves first understanding and thinking about digital citizenship, identity, and work.  Digital technologies are the “water” we swim in today, but we often don’t pause to consider how best to live and learn in that context.

In this week, we will explore:

  • Introduction & basics of digital technology
  • Challenges of learning in a digital environment
  • Tools to enable better learning
  • Establishing your own digital space for creating and showcasing your work

Tuesday, January 19

Course Introduction

Analytics from course survey

Tools for aiding focus and limiting online distractions:
  • Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them.” Wired.
  • Reader View – strips away clutter like ads, background images, videos, and changes the page’s text size, contrast and layout for better readability
  • Leechblock – extension for Firefox and Chrome lets you specify which sites to block, when, and for how long.
  • Freedom (Chrome, Firefox, iOS, macOS, Windows) for blocking anything you want, anywhere you want

Thursday, January 21

Becoming a (digital) 1-percenter

Topics
  • establishing your own digital presence & identity
  • 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

Note: In this class, we will be establishing a personal online domain with Reclaim Hosting & installing and learning to use WordPress. Please have credit card information available at this class session to pay the registration fee. Please wait to do this until our class meeting. Finally, you may want to be thinking ahead of time about the domain name you will choose!

Reading

Assignments
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