Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The history of public relations practice - A student project

My intro to PR class just finished its PR history project and since I've been trying out a brand-new assignment this semester, I thought I'd share the end product here. The assignment required each student to research a particular time period and to upload the findings into a digital timeline created on Dipity. Students had to write a short narrative to summarize each event and locate multimedia files (pictures, links, videos) that would illustrate those events. Each student was responsible for identifying at least 5 events within a given time period. 
The result is a pretty neat (okay, so I'm biased...) little timeline of the history of the PR profession which we will hopefully build on in future classes. We found out the hard way that Dipity doesn't allow for B.C. dates, so you'll need to excuse the ancient Greeks and Cicero showing up on the wrong date. Take a look, and if you like it, let them know - they've done a lot of work on this.

1 comment:

Bob Armour said...

I came across your use of a timeline to chronicle the history of PR, and I thought it was a great way to visualize a classroom concept utilizing new technology.

We recently launched our site www.lifesnapz.com and believe it has a use for educators and their classes as well. LifeSnapz enables people to capture and explore events using photos, video, text and timelines and share them with self-designated private groups like family, friends, classmates, etc. We also will be launching another site, www.timelines.com, which will allow the public to record and share history in a collaborative way. I’d love to have you check out our product and connect with you regarding what you like or dislike about it and whether you believe it has a classroom or educator application.

Best regards,

Bob Armour