About jmcclurken

I am a Professor of History and American Studies & the Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation at the University of Mary Washington.

Tuesday Readings–Week 7

Bergin, Thomas. “What is a Computer? An Answer from the Past,” Annals of the History of Computing 36, no. 3 (Summer 2014): 80-84. doi: 10.1109/MAHC.2014.48 ​ (accessed October 5, 2014).

Light, Jennifer. “When Computers Were Women,” Technology and Culture 40, no. 3 (July 1999): 455-483. http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/docview/198455336?accountid=12299 (accessed October 5, 2014).

Week 6 Readings


Week 6 — Tuesday: http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.umw.edu/stable/pdfplus/4058220.pdf?&acceptTC=true&jpdConfirm=true

                On top of this, pages 33-34 of Downey’s book should be glanced at.

Thursday: http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.umw.edu/stable/pdfplus/2744948.pdf?&acceptTC=true&jpdConfirm=true



Update on database/timeline assignment

In class: Go to our class Google Doc to refine the fields to be used in our database/timeline.


By Monday, September 22, each group should publish a post with the following information:


  • Brainstorm 5 representations of information/communication technology for each member of your group
  • Suggest 1 or 2 ways that such representations might be created (filling out a text only form, clips/screen captures, infographic, animated gif, etc.)



Directions for opening activity on Thursday from Christian


1) Students will individually create sentences and present them to their group.
2) Group will decide on one sentence to relay to their partnering table.
3) Scoring System:
1 point for most creative sentence
1 point for a successful relay of message from table to table (for both partnering tables)
1 point if opposing table is able to intercept the message (individually based)

*Tables have only two opportunities to relay their message to their partnering table
*The same person can not attempt to relay the message on both opportunities, must switch with group member