There are a couple of areas of the course website that you will need to add to during the semester. This post will give you instructions on what to do, both in terms of content and the use of WordPress.
Note: The timeline is NOT intended to be a repository of chronological information about your record. In fact, the timeline is not intended to be about the albums at all. Rather, you are to gather information from the unit of the course in which you presented and add that information into the timeline. You should draw from assigned readings and class discussions. You may include one or two items about the album you researched, but no more than that. The timeline should ultimately reflect the range of ideas and events we have explored in this course!
Throughout the semester, we will construct a timeline of the history of music recording. The timeline can contain important events, people, recordings, etc. The information of the timeline is hosted not on the site, but on a spreadsheet saved in my Google Docs. This file is linked from within the “Readings” section of the site (so that it is protected by the password and not available to the public). In order to add items to the timeline, follow the link to the spreadsheet. Once there, you enter any relevant information. Please note that dates must be entered in numerical form and individual boxes can only contain one number. So if something happened on, say, August 12, 1877 (that date should eventually mean something to you!), you must enter 1877 as the year, 8 as the month, and 12 as the day. You don’t have to enter all of the information, though; you can enter only a year, if that’s the only information you have. You can also enter a date range by entering an end date in the same format and in the appropriate columns. Finally, you have the option to specify a particular date to be displayed (such as January – February).
Once you have input the date(s) for your entry, you can add content. Put a short headline in the “Headline” column, and then add content (maybe a short paragraph) in the “Text” column. In the final set of columns, you can enter links to media. In the “Media” column, you can provide a link to an image, a video (i.e., from YouTube), a song (i.e., from SoundCloud), a tweet, etc. That column must contain a URL; you cannot upload files of any sort to the spreadsheet. In subsequent columns, you can enter a caption and an attribution for the media.
In this portion of the website, you will create a page about the record/album that you research and present to the class. It is up to you to determine what your page should look like, and I encourage you to experiment with the various tools on the site. You can also ask me if you have a vision for the page that you are not sure how to execute; if I don’t know the answer, I can find it out for you. You are also encouraged to integrate media (images, sound and video files, etc.), but take note: do not upload copyrighted media to the site! You can link to anything you like; for instance, when you embed a YouTube file (by simply copying the video URL into the page text), you are not placing content on the website, but rather, you are creating a link from the site to YouTube. In this case copyright issues are handled by YouTube. However, if you upload an image to the site, you are creating a new copy of it, and if the image is copyrighted, then you might be exposing our site to a copyright violation claim. To avoid this, try to use links, or use the Creative Commons search engine. This search tool returns only items that are licensed under a creative commons license, which means that you are permitted to reuse them (with proper credit). Your page should include proper citations for a blog format (i.e., hyperlinked text, which you can create using the link symbol above the text box) and a bibliography of sources pertaining to your record/album.
You are responsible for curating the website during the thematic unit in which you present on your record. During that unit, you must add items to the timeline and create the page for your record. Your contributions are due at the end of the unit or a week after your in-class presentation, whichever is later.