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Learning about Native North Dakota

History 220 (History of North Dakota) was interesting today, as not only did the students and I get to learn about a different time in the history of this state, but we learned about the wonderful ability for technology to fail us. Dr. Porter enjoys using Power Point to provide bullet points to her lectures as well as some pretty cool pictures, and today was no different, or so we thought. The first attempt to load the slide show failed, as the computer decided to be uncooperative and not come out of sleep mode. Dr. Porter called the fine folks at CILT (Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, I think) via the direct line phone on the podium. One of their staff came over and got the computer working, but then when a second attempt to load the show commenced, the computer decided to freeze up.

Despite this, Dr. Porter delivered her lecture and rebooted the machine three more times before we finally were able to run the show. Once the slides appeared, class went on as normal. The students learned about the early Native American groups in ND, particularly the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikira (Ree). Within these three groups, subjects of agriculturally based societies with permanent villages were brought up. It seemed that most students were interested in the topic. The development of agricultural based groups in North Dakota represents an early example of Rural History on the Northern Plains. The next class will be the second part of Native North Dakota. I will now get back to using my office hours for productive work by reading Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do.

Cross-posted to Prairie Dirt.

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  1. August 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I teach the history of my own state (a junior/senior level course), and quite enjoy it. I hope your experience is equally fulfilling!

  1. August 31, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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