I am a Public History major so I will not be working in a conventional classroom setting. Since I wish to work in a museum, I will still be working in an educational environment. Museums and schools often work closely together to educate students. Some museums have programs to help teachers figure out what parts of the museum will align with the curriculum and activities to use before your visit, during your visit, and after your visit. These activities and other various aspects of museums have the ability to integrate all kinds of technology into their programs. This class has helped me realize that there are many different opportunities for the use of technology within a museum setting.
Every historian and student need to learn how to do legitimate research. By doing a simple Google search, there are a lot of websites with false information that will appear. In an article by The Educators, it explains how to analyze sources.  It is important for students and historians to look at the authenticity of a source before reading it carefully. I think this advice is also useful for everyday life. Due to the increasing amount of internet sources, it may be hard to figure out which news sources are authentic, and which are not. Different types of research is conducted every day in various classes and it is important for students to realize what they can trust and is actually useful.
Another useful skill I have learned from this class is how to make a digital collection. This is very important for a historian, no matter what field they go into. Museums have the ability to provide digital collections like this so people can view items without having to visit the museum. David Dry did this with Billy Borne’s cartoons from The Asheville Citizen. . These kinds of collections are extremely useful for those who might not be able to visit a museum or does not have access to be able to go to the museum. Especially right now, people might be looking for educational resources or ways to do something different in order to learn. I really enjoyed learning how to create a collection because it was something that was really intimidating to me. I would not have known about the many free resources that are available to be able to create digital collections. Whether it is for the classroom, museum, or even for general public viewing, I think digital collections are a very effective way to display information for other people to learn about.
Social media is also very important for museums and other educational facilities to use. It can help them to advertise what exhibits that have or share articles they find interesting or useful. Museums can also create hashtags for their visitors to use to share what they learned in the museum, review the museum, or to follow what the museum continues to post about. It was also interesting to learn about the dead presidents that were posting on Twitter. Although it is not always educational posts, it still stimulates interest in history so people who are on Twitter that see these posts may look these people up and want to learn more about them. I have been intimidated by the professional use of social media. Since taking this class, I have realized that professional social media is not as intimidating as I thought it was and that it can very useful for educational purposes.
Overall, I learned a lot from taking this class. I have always been intimidated by technology and media. I feel like I have gathered incredibly useful skills to use in the future, no matter where my career takes me. While the skills I have learned are especially useful for historians and teachers, they will also be useful in my normal life. I hope to utilize these skills in the future and continue to learn about new tools in the media.
 The Educator Staff, “How to Help Students Spot Misinformation,” The Educator Online, August 7, 2018. https://www.theeducatoronline.com/k12/news/how-to-help-students-spot-misinformation/253223.
 Dry, David. “Homepage.” Cartoon Asheville. Accessed January 12, 2020. http://ashevillecartoonist.org.
 Michael S. Rosenwald’s “Dead Presidents Are Mouthing off on Twitter. Nixon Won’t Shut up,” Washington Post, April 6, 2017, sec. Retropolis. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/04/06/dead-presidents-are-mouthing-off-on-twitter-nixon-wont-shut-up/.