- Jul 2011
Communicating with interesting people, examining new ideas and learning new things. Yes, we have our dysfunctional moments, but who doesn't.
I find the mapping a very nice idea!For me there are several different aspects:
History is something outside my profession that I was always mildly interested in to varying degrees depending on the topic. As a result I watch all those history and science related shows on TV about ancient ruins, antiques, war, space, archeology, etc. And I now read history books with greater interest than when I was younger.
I did not become seriously interested in history until I retired and decided to map historical and scientific events, because as a student all those years ago I was terrible in school and the teachers I had, while some attempted to help me, failed in setting me straight. I didn't find the right path until I was an adult, however, I found had the unique gift to communicate and made a career out of marketing communications. So it intrigued me to see if I could use those talents to solve why students like me failed in school. Think of the task as a way reach difficult to teach kids by enabling them to digitally experience history and science and take them to places they can't go to.
The end result is MyReadingMapped.
So how does this apply to Historum? I find it challenging in serval ways:
- I find the discussions interesting and educational.
- I love the challenge of debating the issues with ametuer and professional historians. Its my method of how I learn, and it is what I try to build into my maps by involving many related issues.
- Over the last four years I have found Historum to be a great source of ideas to map and the participants have provided me with topics to map and details, related issues, and locations to plot. So MyReadingMapped is as much their creation as it is mine.
- In addition, it provided me with a way to reach both educators and students who have used MyReadingMapped. For example, there is a group of Stanford University students who I tracked through a thread Historum who became regular followers of the original MyReadingMapped site because I posted images and links of maps related to the topic. So it was as good for them as it was for me.
Yes this.I get exposure to things outside my normal interests and often learn something new or get new sources for historical interests that I already have.