Perhaps you want students to create a timeline or map. Maybe you’re thinking of having a website or blog as a class project. One of your students may be interested in creating a digital project instead of a traditional research paper. Or maybe you want students to make a public-facing project online.
Maybe this whole thing makes you nervous. We get that.
Some of the things we can do to help:
- Help students create a visual timeline as a class project.
- Set up a course website and/or blog platform using WordPress.
- Show students how to do some quick-and-dirty textual visualization.
- Create maps that incorporate multimedia and text.
- Consult with you about how digital projects might suit your learning goals.
In spite of the common misconception that there is such a thing as a “digital native,” digital projects can be scary and stressful for students. The digital part, it turns out, is less time-consuming than creating good content. Figuring out how to overcome the digital stress and focus on creating good material for a digital project is a balancing act, but in the end it can be rewarding for students to develop confidence and skills with digital tools.