I spent the weekend at the Teaching Professor's Technology Conference in Atlanta. It was wonderful, and I learned a lot. First, it was my first foray into the broader world of Digital Humanities. As such, I learned about apps and platforms (mostly free) that enable students (and faculty) that make great multimedia projects both possible and do-able.
There's some very cool stuff out there. Free apps for projectable white boards. Platforms that enable video productions and storage. Amazing examples of projects done in a variety of contexts. One chem prof uses a ChemTouch app in his classes - and one assignment for his freshmen chem students is to make a music video about something in the Table of Elements (I know zip about chem, but I think the one he showed explained a reaction). Some English comp profs doing great stuff with digital storytelling.
The first reaction most of us had was 'well, yeah, but the tech support has to be huge, and my campus just doesn't have that....' Guess what? Most of this stuff was done with free apps, smart phone cameras and a small USB microphone. If you're a Mac type, it's all on your Mac as it comes out of the box. The PC types used basic MS stuff, and there's a free MS app for movie-making. So if you have a generous budget, it's easier. But it's very doable with a smart phone and a scanner (for old photos), free apps and the stuff in a computer lab.
Any of my readers do any DigiHum stuff? Any digital projects in the works?