Blogs and Wikis

I was pleased to discover today that my blog has been referenced on a website for a Summer Graduate School Workshop out of Washington University in St. Louis.  Civil War Memory was referenced specifically in a section that presents an overview of how blogging technology is being used in the classroom and by academics as a way of getting their work across to a wider audience.  Those of you out there that are teachers and are thinking about utilizing blogs or wikis in your classrooms would do well to check out the site.  I should also mention that my blogging buddy and fellow Civil War historian Jeff McClurken has been reporting on what looks to be a very interesting conference called "Faculty Academy" which took place at the University of Mary Washington and covered the broad theme of technology in the classroom. 

I plan to use blogs next year in two of my classes.  Blogging proved to be incredibly useful during a two-week seminar on the Civil Rights Movement that I taught with four colleagues this past March.  Students found the format to be helpful in furthering discussions and sharing ideas outside of the seminar setting. 

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  • Jeff May 22, 2007

    Thanks for the shout-out. You should consider presenting on some of the technology you’ve used in teaching at next year’s academy.

    I’d also be interested in seeing what you have to say about the wiki project I used in two of my classes. I presented on it at Faculty Academy this year and blogged about it as well.

  • Kevin Levin May 23, 2007

    Jeff, — I still need to look more carefully at your wiki project, but will do so soon. As for presenting next year it sounds like a great idea; unfortunately, for high school teachers May is a horrible month.

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