Showing posts with label Crowd Sourcing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crowd Sourcing. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Crowdsourcing Civil War Document Transcription

Last fall the Library of Congress launched a new online initiative called Crowd. As the name implies, it's a crowdsourcing project that anyone who registers on the LOC Crowd site can participate in. All of the documents in the Crowd project are documents in the LOC's collection that need to be transcribed.

The latest collection of documents added to the Crowd project is a set of roughly 35,000 documents related to the American Civil War. Anyone can participate in this project. To get started simply go to the site and select a document within the Civil War collection. Your chosen document will appear on the left side of the screen and a field for writing your transcription appears on the right side of the screen. After you have completed your transcription it is submitted for peer review.

Watch the video that I made last fall to see how the LOC Crowd project works and how your students can participate in it.

Applications for Education
Participating in the LOC's Crowd project could be a good opportunity for high school students and some middle school students to learn through primary source documents while contributing to a national project.

As is show in the video above, The Smithsonian has a similar crowdsourcing project called Smithsonian Digital Volunteers.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

20 Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom

Last Friday I wrote a post about Tom Barrett's latest installments to his Interesting Ways series. At the time, one of the installments, Interesting Ways to Use Audio in Your Classroom, didn't have any ideas or resources in it and Tom was looking for contributors. As a testament to the power of crowdsourcing, Zero Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom is now 20 Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom. The crowdsourcing hasn't stopped yet. If you have ideas to add to the slideshow, contact Tom.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

History Resources - Recent Through Ancient

Were You There is a new website designed to record and share personal experiences related to significant events of roughly the last 75 years. The best way to describe Were You There is to call it a wiki of personal experiences built around recent history. Users of the service can share their personal experience regarding a significant event of the 20th or 21st century. The event could be an athletic event like the 1980 Winter Olympics or something serious like the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

If you haven't looked at it before, Wikibooks is a good place to find etexts on wide variety of historical topics. Visitors to the history section of Wikibooks will find etexts appropriate for students age eight and above.

Applications for Education
Were You There and Wikibooks both use the crowd sourcing concept to provide useful content for teachers and students. As is to be expected with any crowd souring project some topic pages on Were You There and Wikibooks are more developed than others. Wikibooks and Were You There would be good to use as part of lesson on fact checking and or detecting bias in writing.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Click, A Crowd- Currated Art Exhibit

Click is a current exhibit available online from the Brooklyn Museum. Click is a collection of photographs that the museum is inviting the world to evaluate. Anyone, regardless of their art education or lack thereof, can evaluate the images through the Click website. The evaluation process is simple. All a user has to do is move a marker on a sliding scale to submit their evaluation.

The image below shows the sliding scale used to evaluate each photograph.

Applications for Education
Click could be used by art teachers as a discussion starter among students. Each student could evaluate a set of photographs and share their opinions and reasoning for each evaluation. Users do have to register to participate in Click, but the registration is quick and simple as it asks for nothing more than a valid email address.