This quarter I had my freshmen HIST 1017 (Ancient World) and HIST 3100 (Ancient Egyptian Civilization) create videos on objects that I assigned. I decided that during the joint meeting of the Ancient World Cluster I would have the students introduce their videos and then show them to the entire cluster (theoretically about 90 students--although I think only 50 were present). The entire cluster was then asked to vote on which video they thought was the best one. The winner was on Pompeii. I love the images and especially love the music.
Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
I have been playing around with QR (Quick Response) codes for the past few weeks. If you haven’t seen them before, they are essentially barcodes that take you to websites. You scan the code with your phone or computer. The QR codes I have
been working with are Microsoft Tags (http://tag.microsoft.com/home.aspx ). These look better than the standard QR codes which are just black dots.
Tags are colorful and can be customized with PowerPoint. I put up one of these on my office door which takes people to my website.
I’ve decided to work on a mapping project this summer
that uses Tags. I have a number of very large maps of the Mediterranean. I also have nearly finished scanning nearly 2,000 slides from the late Prof. Guilliard. He photographed something like 26 different sites around the Mediterranean. What I will be doing this summer is taking those photos, making short videos (2-4 minutes) and uploading them to YouTube. Once I have the web address of these videos, I can convert the web
address to a Tag. I can then attach this Tag to a map and once it is scanned, the viewer will be taken to one
of the videos. I am thinking of also attaching Tags for my student video projects as well. It doesn’t have to stop there. I will have a section of my website dedicated to the Guilliard Collection and I could also create Tags to take viewers to the website to see these slides as a slideshow. I also will have a Tag that will allow viewers to leave me comments.
I’ve contacted the library here at the University to see
if I can create an exhibit for the Fall where these maps will be up in a large room or hallway and people can wander by, scan the Tags, and hear about/see these
archaeological sites. One of the librarians sounded excited about this project, so I am hoping I get the
go-ahead to show them publically.
I have also asked about putting some of these maps outside of my office
in the History Dept. hallway.
King Seqenenra Taa, 17th Dynasty (Wikipedia)
There were a few times in ancient Egypt when the country experienced severe difficulties. The first was during the First Intermediate Period when the central government collapsed and regional governors (nomarchs) took over. While it used to be seen as a total collapse of Egyptian civilization, it appears now that many Egyptians became wealthier because the pharaoh wasn't around to siphon off the wealth to build pyramids. The Second Intermediate Period occurs right after the Middle Kingdom. During this period, Egypt was ruled in the north by a group of people called the Hyksos, who probably came from Palestine originally. When this happened, Egypt also lost control of its southern borders, leaving the middle region in control of native Egyptians. Close to the end of this Second Intermediate Period, the Egyptians (centered at Thebes) began fighting with the Hyksos. One king named Seqenenra Taa might have been a casualty of this war. His head shows many different kinds of wounds--puncture wounds that went right through the bone; his face cut, removing part of his cheek and exposing some of his teeth, and blows to the skull. It also appears that he was mummified quickly since his remains were not perfectly preserved. It is generally thought that this happened when he fought the Hyksos, but there isn't any hard evidence supporting this. Clearly he was in a fight and died from his wounds. We do know that his successor, King Kamose, also went to war with the Hyksos and was victorious. His win helped the next king, Ahmose, unite Egypt and start the New Kingdom.
Kevin W. Kaatz
I received my Ph.D. in Ancient History from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. My interests are all things ancient, but in particular, early Christianity and the use of digital tools.
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Research in Learning Technology: The Journal of the Association of Learning Technology
Digital Humanities Specialist (no longer updated, but still lots of great things)
(International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning)
Learning Solutions Magazine
- The World of Ancient History Blog
- Digital History Projects
- Interactive Videos for Online courses
- Aurasma Images
- The Gilliard Collection
- Student Projects
- Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Historical Exercises
- The Talking Map Project
- Photogallery associated to my Talking Map Project
- Thinglink page
- Instructional Videos
- Digital Tools
- Adobe Assignments