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Technology and the HistorianTransformations in the Digital Age$
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Adam Crymble

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043710

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043710.001.0001

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Digitizing the History Classroom

Digitizing the History Classroom

(p.79) 3 Digitizing the History Classroom
Technology and the Historian

Adam Crymble

University of Illinois Press

This chapter charts how the history curriculum changed as a result of “digital” influences. From successive waves of learning statistics and spreadsheets, to mastering the Web, to an obsession with methodology in the absence of any historical content, and finally a return to historical themes, the classroom of the digital age was in a state of flux. The chapter argues that there was no overarching plan for a digital transformation of the historical classroom. Instead, the profession witnessed a well-intentioned reaction against perceived gaps in teaching provision led by passionate individuals who experimented widely with the tools of the day. Understanding those siloed approaches in historical context provides a roadmap for how the profession can better harness change moving forward.

Keywords:   Pedagogy, Methodology, Learning, Statistics, history classrooms, digital age, curriculum

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