These projects are roughly aligned with each part of the course. Each project will eventually be plugged in to the main course timeline at http://infoagetimeline.umwblogs.org. — Part one & two – Select one of the following by September 15.
- A–Actually use an early system of communication to convey information (demonstrated to the class)
- OR B–describe the process and complications of using such an early system to convey information. (300-500 words, plus sources, posted to your blog)
- OR C–research and discuss the significance of an information technology in the life of a specific individual before 1950. (300-500 words, plus sources, posted to your blog)
- OR D–create an infographic with information about an early system of communication from Parts I or II (with sources, posted to your blog)
- Individual project – Value is 10% of course grade
- To avoid overlap, each topic must be submitted for approval by September 15.
- Project due September 29
Approved topics for Part I/II:
- Charlie — Infographic on Pony Express [D]
- Kyle — Use system of cuneiform [A]
- Mike– Use a cave painting to convey information [A]
- Abbey — Describe the process and complications of using the telegraph to convey information. [B]
- Christine — Research and discuss the significance of Radio in the life of Edward Murrow. [C]
- Nicole — Infographic on Cave paintings [D]
- Ashley — Process and complications of using the printing press to convey information. [B]
- Andrew — Process and complications of using the first US postal system to convey information [B]
- Ken — process and complications of using early American Newspapers to convey information. [B]
- Caitlin — infographic on early photography. [D]
- Joe — Talking Drums [A]
- Riley — Research and discuss the significance of newspaper production (printing and distribution) in the life of Joseph Pulitzer. [C]
- Claire — process and complications of using early telephones to convey information. [B]
- Anthony — process and complications of using Bell’s photophone to convey information. [B]
- Patrick — Research and discuss the significance of the printing press in the life of Martin Luther. [C]
- John — process and complications of using daguerrotypes to convey information. [B]
— Part three – Create your own advertisement/commercial/print ad related to the history of information to be shared. – Group– 10%
- Group 1 –Radio Advertisement for Gutenberg’s printing press.
- Group 2 — Tupperware in print form, reflecting information spread through gatherings in women’s households.
- Group 3 — Weight-gain products, reflecting 1940s advertising styles
- Group 4 — Jukebox advertisement w/magazine style ad.
- Ad Assignment Due Thursday, Oct. 20, when we’ll do brief in-class presentations (May be completed by Monday Oct. 24, if extra time is needed).
- Revisions to the timeline entries due Tuesday, Oct. 25
— Part four – Make a documentary (5-10 minutes) on topic from this period – Group – 15%
- Due Thursday, November 17
- Group 1 — Why the rise of modern forms of transmitting information have contributed to the demise of the U.S. Postal Service
- Group 2 — Rise of DIY culture and use of online videos for that purpose
- Group 3 — shift from card catalogs to digital catalogs in libraries, with a focus on its effect on librarians.
- Group 4 — Documentary on the history of the internet and its effect on Higher Education, using the University of Mary Washington as a contextual lens.
— Part five – 5%– Help improve the timeline – Aspect must be preapproved before work starts on it.
- A) Work on the overall structure/format/presentation of the timeline.
- B) Pick any point on the timeline to expand on (with research) – Can take form of video, brief, essay, infographic, oral history, etc.
- Individual, unless a case can be made for group work here.
- Due the last day of class, December 8 (or the following Tuesday, if needed).
- Documentary on DS106 at UMW as relates to the information age — Caitlin, Joe, Nicole, Ashley
- Fix the BC dates on the timeline — Andrew
- Documentary on start of email at Mary Washington — Kyle
- Yellow Journalism — 2-3 page essay — Ken
- Infographic on Internet video memes — Charlie
- Radio Commercials essay — Riley
- Adding images to pages — Claire
- Standardizing timeline image and source citations — Abbey, Christine
- Creating links between various timeline entries — Anthony
- Revolutionary era pamphlets history essay — Patrick
- Atari/video games — Mike
- Early Copyright Acts–John