Formal Presentation 1: Tool or Assignment

Tools to work with: Anything in DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Directory, or something you have found and run by me!

For your first formal presentation, you will have 10-15 minutes to present on a specific tool and your preliminary findings, or present an assignment you have created for Frankenstein or some pedagogical purpose of interest to you. Turn in your powerpoint and handout to Canvas, and bring hard copies of your handout for each person. Do NOT make printouts of your powerpoint. Details are below:


Identify the tool you are working with, and explain why you chose it. What is it supposed to help you do or see? How do you use it? What problems do you see with the tool? Show us how you used it with a corpus of your choice. What results did you get? How do we interpret the results? You can either prepare the whole presentation on a powerpoint with screenshots/images of your live session using the tool, or break from your powerpoint to show a hands-on/live session with your tool, or not use a powerpoint at all and only demonstrate and talk through the live tool. You should include a simple handout with your name and the basic information from your talk that your peers can use as a takeaway.

Note: if you choose a tool we have already had a bit more hands-on work with, you must focus on something new about that tool. I suggest that you branch out!


Prepare an assignment using one of the tools we’ve looked at. Imagine this is for a high-school or college-level student who is not expert at using technology or reading literature. Your assignment can come at any point in the imaginary term (introductory or final project, for instance). You should identify where your project falls in the term and what other kinds of assignments your students will be doing. Explain what your students are to do, what the outcomes are, the steps to take, and what the deliverable is. You should also include a grading rubric. Consider what problems you envision, both for you and for your students. You should draw on “Creating Digital Assignments” and/or “Evaluating Student Work” from Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom to help inform your assignment.

Share your assignment on paper (include your name!). In your powerpoint, walk us through it and your thought process.