“Integrating Digital Technology into Classrooms: The Making of Warp & Weft, Might & Magic, Mettle & Motherhood: An Electronic Exploration of American Women’s History: 1640s to 1870s” by Iverson and Prados-Torreia

  • ©Barbara K. Iverson and Teresa Prados-Torreia

  • ©Barbara K. Iverson and Teresa Prados-Torreia

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    Integrating Digital Technology into Classrooms: The Making of Warp & Weft, Might & Magic, Mettle & Motherhood: An Electronic Exploration of American Women’s History: 1640s to 1870s

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    Incorporation of the World Wide Web and the Internet into the fabric of public life has turned questions of whether computers and digital technology belong in classrooms into questions of how to integrate these technologies effectively to improve pedagogical practice. Our paper describes the collaboration of a women’s history class and a CD-ROM multimedia production class to produce an interactive multimedia CD-ROM and a Web site, and some surprising observations about our interface metaphor and navigating in virtual space.

    The project was completed at Columbia College in Chicago. As the major areas in this arts and communication college increasingly integrate computers and digital technology into their classrooms in response to the changing world of professional work, general education classes are still taught as lecture classes in “technology- free” classrooms. Our model attempts to change this in profound and lasting ways that can be easily accomplished within the usual constraints of scheduling, limited facilities, and the need for faculty development.


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