Studying the Classics with a Little Help from Technology

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Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education.


In this featured article in EdTech Magazine, proponents of digital humanities are discussed with the combination of art and literature and modern tech. At universities across the country, all types of students, whether they are majoring in literature or engineering, usually have to take some type of humanities course. By incorporating software, mobile devices and some other gadgets, professors can add another layer of engagement for students.

This is a very interesting article speaking to some cool things happening at the University of Texas at Austin’s Digital Writing & Research Lab (DWRL),  with coordinator Will Burdette and the graduate student researchers.  They are looking for new ways to use technology for storytelling.

While the DWRL is teaching students how to tell stories with technology, some other universities are focusing on how to appreciate literature with technology. At the State University of New York at New Paltz, Joanna Swafford teaches a course called “Digital Tools for the 21st Century: Sherlock Holmes’s London.” In an article for The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, Swafford writes that her students are using online visualization tools like Voyant to look for patterns in words and sentence, building digital archives of Holmes artifacts, and using software to map where characters have traveled.

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