Convocation Day 2014

On the eve of Convocation Day 2014, the Anthro Closet was filled with all sorts of technology.

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After a late night on campus, I’ve set up the room, and am ready to bring the computers and tablets in –  first thing in the morning. With some student help, we’ll be able to put the pop-up display.

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Just in case you’re wondering what I will be doing in the workshop,  there’s a table to do vessel analysis, which participants can compare to my favorite video of all time – a “Sgraffito in 3D” online exhibit.  There will be two touch screens out, with prezis, relational powerpoints, and other activities for people to do.  There will be a guestbook – we’ll be trying out our drawing tablet –  and requests for information about the almshouse.

Oh, and Taylor has been running around campus today, getting ready to distribute her surveys. She’s already gotten back quite a few. I’m excited that she’ll be able to do this for Convocation Day.

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Hope to see a great turnout tomorrow!  NSC 101, 9-10:30. It’s a self-guided workshop, so come when you can!

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UPDATE 5/1/2014:

The Historic Preservation Workshop was a great success. Over 60 guests attended – including a few faculty participants.

 

Guests trying out different presentations - such as Prezis and Relational powerpoints.

Guests trying out different presentations – such as Prezis and Relational powerpoints.

Guests conduct a "traditional" laboratory exercise - a vessel analysis, then compare it to digital exhibits on ceramic analysis. Which is more interesting? From which would you learn more about ceramics? Which is more costly to produce?

Guests conduct a “traditional” laboratory exercise – a vessel analysis, then compare it to digital exhibits on ceramic analysis. Which is more interesting? From which would you learn more about ceramics? Which is more costly to produce?

 

The temporary exhibit is  covered with a wide variety of QR codes - each of which allows visitors to choose the type of experience they want. Visitors can choose between digital walking tours, online exhibits, video presentations, and online surveys. Rebecca (center) is looking at a study in ceramic reconstruction.

The temporary exhibit is covered with a wide variety of QR codes – each of which allows visitors to choose the type of experience they want. Visitors can choose between digital walking tours, online exhibits, video presentations, and online surveys. Rebecca (center) is looking at a study in ceramic reconstruction, while another guest (far right) is doing something else. (?)

Anthropology at SUNY Broome Convocation Day

On April 8th, SUNY Broome will be hosting its Convocation Day event.  This year’s topic is “How Technology is Making Us Smarter,” and centered around speaker Clive Thompson’s book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.”

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SUNY Broome adjunct Lynda Carroll will be presenting a workshop called “The Future of the Past: Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Using New Technologies.” This workshop will focus on the use of technology (such as digital technology, 3D scanning, smartphone tours, and social media) as a way to improve awareness of and engagement in public archaeology, heritage and historic preservation efforts.

This workshop will feature an interactive display that is currently curated by the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University, and is being used for local community outreach and heritage preservation efforts. Most recently, it is being used as part of Endicott’s Little Italy Walking Tour, and The Vestal Museum’s current exhibit “Archaeology: What You Always Wanted to Know But Didn’t Know Where To Ask.”

ImageLynda Carroll instructs a guest on using the interactive display on archaeology in Binghamton, on display at the Oakdale Mall, 2012.

 In addition, the workshop will highlight some of the on-going work of students from SUNY Broome Community College’s Anthropology 112 course. This semester, students are working on two projects about the Broome County Almshouse. They will be focusing on the use of technology and social media as a way to engage the the SUNY Broome student body and the more general public in Public Archaeology, and awareness in local Cultural Heritage and Cultural Resources.