Monthly Archives: June 2014

Last blog

Wow I can’t believe it is all over. This paper has been very enjoyable and rewarding. It was refreshing doing assignments that were a lot different to the experience i have had with other history papers. Learning all about the positive and negative aspects of digital history was fascinating and ultimately led me to the conclusion that digital history is the way forward. These positive aspects such as Digital Storytelling, New Media in Museums, Genealogy research and increasing accessibility has helped propel history into the digital age. It is surely an exciting time to be interested in history.

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The Website analysis was an interesting assignment and although Nadia was unimpressed with the results, i certainly learnt about the value of some historical websites over others.This was the first time i have blogged and found that it was a very valuable tool in reflecting what we have learnt from the lectures. It was refreshing using a more informal way to share different aspects of digital history. The online discussion was also a nice addition to the paper and added further digital involvement. I was looking forward to the group project and it certainly delivered. My group worked well and I was never worried or nervous about it, thanks to TJ, Daniel, Lauren and Micheal, you guys are all great people. Overall the assignments were a lot different than what i was used to but it was a good thing. It feels marvelous not having a massive essay to do at the end of a history paper!

Thanks to Cathy and Nadia for delivering this awesome paper and I will definitely recommend it to other students.

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Group projects

The group presentations were very well done and I was impressed with the imagination and creativity of the projects.

Group A had some brilliant ideas regarding a dance exhibition which would involve visitors both intellectually and kinetically. I also learnt about the importance these dances had on our grandparents social lives and its certainly something i had never thought about before. They had even thought about using QR codes which is very relevant in today’s digital age.

As someone who was born and raised in Taupo I was very interested in the topic that Group B presented. They had some good ideas about a mobile app that would help show people important historical places around the Taupo area. The thing that stood out for me though was the mention of John Te H. Grace’s book on Tuwharetoa. I was fortunate to grow up with this book in our family bookshelf and it truly is the go to book in regards to the history of the Maori people around Taupo. This showed me that Group B clearly knew the details of their project.

It was an absolute pleasure working with my group. From the start our team meshed well together with our shared topic on the ANZAC day centennial. Although there were some personal problems everyone contributed and we always seemed to be ahead of the curve.

And on that note I am looking forward to the next presentation on Friday.