Teaching with Tumblr and StoryMapJS

Another semester yielded another crop of impressive DH projects in my courses on the history of Colonial Latin America and the History of Mexico. Utilizing Tumblr for the first time in my Colonial Latin America course (HIST 410), students were given free rein to create a visual project centered on a topic of their choice pulled from within the chronological and geographic boundaries of the course. Selecting the top five Tumblrs from this course was EXTREMELY difficult as my students produced some amazing work product, but here are the top 5 projects:

Women of Colonial Latin America


A Cartographic Analysis of Colonial Latin America


Slavery: Conditions in Colonial Latin America


Racialized Depictions of Women & Children


The Chronicle of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala


For the first time in my History of Mexico course (HIST 412), my students used StoryMapJS to produce highly visual, geospatial historical narratives on a topic of their choice. Here are the top 3 projects:

The Mexican-American War


The French Intervention in Mexico


Afro-Mexicans: An Invisible Population


Minus some minor errors in proper citations, the formatting of those citations, and the use of non-academic sources for images (I’m looking at you Wikimedia Commons), the majority of projects across both classes were of very high quality. Students greatly enjoyed (or so they told me) working on these projects during the course of the semester and the projects provided an excellent opportunity to hone their abilities to produce well-researched, well-documented, highly accessible, and highly engaging historical narratives. Additionally, I believe that this kind of work product can and should be a prominent part of students’ portfolios when applying for graduate school, internships, and jobs, as the skills acquired from this hands-on, project-based approach to learning provides my students with the knowledge necessary to take their passion for history into the digital realm of the 21st century.

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Filed under data visualization, digital history, digital humanities, history, public history

One response to “Teaching with Tumblr and StoryMapJS

  1. Reblogged this on Rebecca Lee Robinson and commented:
    A teacher and class I participated in. Utilizing online tools (tumblr) added a lot to my understanding of the Colonial Latin America class.

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