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April 07, 2009

Smarthistory


What happens when a small group of professors found themselves frustrated with the unengaging massive texts for introductions to Art History but weren't satisfied with stifled web content? You get a resource like Smarthistory, an interactive "web-book" currently focusing on Western Art History. There's little text on the site, but what's left out in textual information is made up for with videos, images, and interactive timelines. One of the nice things about the video material available is its conversational style. It takes the same raw information one might hear in a lecture and places it the more natural flow between two speakers. While the site is limited to more introductory material, it doesn't mean that there isn't something for everyone.

Smarthistory also shares and collaborates on Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, and Dippity, an online timeline tool.

Posted by hthrlowe at April 7, 2009 04:45 PM

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