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Preservation Social Media & Technology

Smith has become immersed in pedagogical technology, particularly using web-based resources for teaching, and has extensively presented on these topics. Smith blogs regularly on technological issues in pedagogy, including going paperless, use of mobile platforms, and other concerns. Her blogging can be found here. A recent interview with Jim Groom covered many ongoing projects.

Smith is a recipient of the 2013 Innovative Digital Pedagogy Fellowship Award. Along with Dr. Mary Kayler of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Smith will lead a faculty workshop in May 2013 to address the integration of gamification and serious games in teaching. Digital Award

In collaboration with UMW’s DTLT, Smith has widely used the WordPress platform and other web tools for class projects. This has included blogging about Paris, enabling upload of class materials directly to this site, using a twitter handle to increase class discussion, and others.

Smith developed a searchable image library of architectural features and styles. The library is searchable by keyword and fully accessible on mobile platforms. Development of the library is discussed here.

In another improvement, Martha Burtis from DTLT developed a great new web interface to aid in data collection for HISP 405. The survey results can be accessed at surveying the ‘burg, and development of the system is discussed in detail here.

In collaboration with student researchers, Smith has developed inventories of historic preservation resources. This has taken advantage of new technologies, particularly geo-location, to make resources available to researchers and the public in a simple web interface. Recent projects have included the architectural inventory Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg, and the archaeological inventory Virginia Slave Housing (project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities).