Continuing the discussion from The Fruits of Your Labor: EDM510 Summer 2016 Final Project!:
Hi all. Dr. Pfaffman taught us early in the semester to create an interesting title for our topics. So, I thought you guys might enjoy a clip of Dr. P talking about living in his van in Tennessee!. Yes, I know this has nothing to do with the final project, but I loved seeing a video of our real live professor, instead of a bespectacled avatar. No, he didn’t really live down by the river like SNL motivational speaker Chris Farley, but the joke is just too easy.
Anyway, for my final project I created a timeline in Chronozoom titled the American Narrative. ChronoZoom is a free, open source timeline tool that allows historians, historical scientists, teachers and students to create powerful interactive timelines. My goal in using this software is to create an open source forum for which my students may add content throughout the school year. I created several exhibits for specific literary and political time periods. I then added artifacts to these exhibits. These artifacts tie together literature, music, art, politics, economics and culture. My goal is to give my students a complete understanding of how culture and language influence each other.
As my students study specific American literary units, I plan for them to submit additional exhibits and artifacts to the timeline. By the end of the semester, students will be able to view the entire body of work. Throughout the semester students will refer to the timeline for group and individual projects, homework assignments, and quizzes.
Chronozoom is in its infancy. And the program has a few hiccups. Some of my submissions got lost, or duplicated. Also, I am required to use Bing when searching for an artifact. And I am unable to cut and paste specific URL addresses into the program. The software has limited design capability so I can’t modify artistic elements as I desire. But overall, the concept is good. And I think my students will enjoy participating in identifying the multiple cultural influences that shape American literature.