Transformations

Transformations is a magazine focusing on news and features on science, engineering, technology and education.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring

Blogging the Early American Novel
I've loved early American literature and culture since I was old enough to choose my own books from my elementary school library, and I feel fortunate to make a living talking and writing about it. At the metropolitan public university of 56,000 students...
E-Readers in the Classroom
With the United States' largest online retailer Amazon announcing that it now sells more ebooks than print books, and the nation's largest book retailer Barnes and Noble releasing a new model of its ebook reader (also called e-readers) every six to eight...
HACKING THE FIELD: Teaching Digital Humanities with Off-the-Shelf Tools
An interactive timeline of culturally significant events in New York City's Greenwich Village-bookended by a sepia-toned photo of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and by New York University's architectural plans for adding 6 million square feet...
HYPERLINKING LGBTQ HISTORY: Teaching with OutHistory.org
For years a collection of hundreds of colorful and outrageous political buttons lay in the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, accessible only to the Archives' visitors. That changed in 2009 when a determined library science student, Teresa...
Introduction: Teaching Digital Media
New technologies often inspire utopian hopes: the bicycle will allow women and men to travel everywhere, unfettered; telephones will erase distance and do away with drudgery. More recently, computers and now digital resources promise to open the world's...
Neighborhood Narratives
"Neighborhood Narratives" is a networked mobile international education project. It explores the issues that surface through new ideas made possible by locative media technologies-media tied to location-based devices such as GPS technology and other...
ON BUILDING THINGS: Student-Designed Print and Digital Exhibits in the Book History Class
Book history pedagogy often teaches students the hands-on skills of book production as a means of understanding the social and theoretical concerns of authorship, reading, and publishing. In book history classes students edit texts (Kelemen 160), make...
PERFORMING CRITICISM: How Digital Audio Can Help Students Learn (and Teach) Poetry
Whether spellbound by a charismatic lecturer or buzzing with the backand- forth of animated discussion, literature professors and their students routinely surround themselves with the spoken word. Literature classrooms are filled with speech as well...
PERRY IN JAPAN: A Transnational, Digital, and Pedagogical Project
In 2001, when Professor Masako Notoji from the University of Tokyo visited Brown University to speak to the Department of American Civilization, she asked me about the statue of Commodore Matthew Perry in Newport, Rhode Island. I hadn't realized the...
Teaching New York's African American History in Widening Digital Circles
In one session of my course, "Slavery and Public History" at the Eugene Lang College of the New School University in New York, I introduce students to digital resources using a classic three-step pedagogical framework moving from simple to complex: beginning...
TEACHING ON THE VIRTUALITY CONTINUUM: Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Imagine this: Students in a science class learning about the positions of the planets are able to examine a three-dimensional recreation of the solar system just by holding a page from their textbook up to a computer's web cam. In another classroom,...
Teaching with Digital Media: Widening the Framework
It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame. - MARSHALL MCLUHANTeachers have always turned to the latest technologies to support learning and engage students. Whether it was filmstrips, sound recordings,...
Teaching Women and Trauma on Facebook
By the end of my second semester teaching Introduction to Women and Gender Studies courses to Southeastern Kentucky undergraduates in 2006, nearly a third of my mostly female students had pulled me aside to confide to me their personal experiences of...
THE HUMANITIES STUDENT AS DIGITAL ARCHIVIST: Pedagogical Opportunities in the Our Americas Archive Partnership
How do you catalog a lock of hair from a dead soldier? How do you plot travel journals on a map? How can researchers view related documents that reside in different countries? How might primary resources aid learning at the secondary school level? What...
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS: Creating Customized Audio Tours for Teaching with Visual Culture
At commuter colleges-where students have complicated work and family schedules and instructors have heavy course loads-field trips to museums or other external sites are difficult to arrange in "real" time. These extensions of learning beyond the classroom...