You've already contributed to the Smarthistory Kickstarter drive (and we hope you know how enormously appreciative we are). You've spent time on the Smarthistory.org site, reading, watching, exploring. You are our ideal viewer—thoughtful, curious, and committed. Now we want to ask one more thing of you. Tell us about your Smarthistory experience. We want to learn what you found on the site that made you a supporter. Has it changed the way you think about art in some way? Has it helped enrich your experience? Did it prompt a conversation? Please tell us what Smarthistory means to you in the comments area below. We are so interested, please take a moment and let us learn from you.
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Blog Cites Smarthistory In Post On National Learning Registry
The project website for this important initiative just went live and we are very excited that Smarthistory was cited in the post which stated,
"We hope to see more innovation like smarthistory.org, a free and open, conversation-based multimedia art history web-book. Smarthistory.org aggregates our cultural treasures—digitally—but also encourages the learner to engage and analyze in real time, engaging students in a whole new way."
For the complete post, go to: Broadband.gov
Today marks the mid-point of our crowdsourcing experiment in fundraising here on Kickstarter and we thought that was a good opportunity for an update.
We are hearing from new teachers nearly every week who are adopting Smarthistory.org and in the past 31 days (January 13 to February 12), the site was visited 81,684 times by people in 154 countries. The map below shows the percentage of new visitors around the world during the past month (darker = a higher percentage). Free and open education works thanks to you.
As of a few minutes ago, 197 amazing supporters have pledged to Smarthistory and with 22 days to go, we only need to raise an additional $1,028 to make our goal. As you know, Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform so this project is driving us a little crazy, and we look forward to breathing again when we cross the goal threshold.
Google Analytics map showing the percentage of new visitors to Smarthistory.org 1/13/11-2/12/11
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Rob Reynolds focused Smarthistory.org in his terrific blog, Xplana, this morning. He wrote...
"Yesterday, I wrote about the shift to digital-first in content and how that is promoting a variety of open textbook and open content initiatives in Higher Education. I want to follow-up on those thoughts with a dedicated plug for one of those initiatives, smARThistory..."
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Jan 22, 2011 - Mar 8, 2011 (45 days)
Pledge $10 or more
NOVICE: Rewarded with a personal thank you tweet from the Smarthistory Twitter feed; a thank you sticker with the Smarthistory logo and motto, "Art. History. Conversation."; and, your name on the list of supporters on Smarthistory.org.
Pledge $25 or more
APPRENTICE: Rewarded with the above plus...an "Associate Producer" credit at the end of one Smarthistory video.
Pledge $50 or more
ARTISAN: Rewarded with the above plus...one "Smarthistory Selections" DVD, a curated selection of Smarthistory videos. Choose from: Highlights of Western Art; Leonardo and the Art of the Italian Renaissance; Monet and Impressionism; Picasso and Modern Art, or A Short History of Architecture.
Pledge $100 or more
GUILD MEMBER: Rewarded with the above plus...two "Smarthistory Selections" DVDs (see above for titles), and a "Producer" credit at the end of one Smarthistory video.
Pledge $300 or more
DONOR: Rewarded with the above plus...three "Smarthistory Selections" DVDs (see above for titles.); Producer credits at the end of two additional Smarthistory videos (3 in total); and, Smarthistory ArtCards (with original photography).
Pledge $600 or more
BENEFACTOR: Rewarded with the above plus...five "Smarthistory Selections" DVDs (complete set - see above for titles); Producer credits at the end of three additional videos (6 in total); and, a private one-hour tour, for up to two people, at a major NYC art museum with one or more Smarthistorians (good for up to one year); OR, one short Smarthistory video created just for you, focusing on your favorite work of art, on view in an NYC museum.
Pledge $1,200 or more
PATRON: Rewarded with the above plus...Producer credits at the end of six additional videos (12 in total); and, two private one-hour tours, for up to two people, at a major NYC art museum with one or more Smarthistorians (good for up to one year); OR, two short Smarthistory videos created just for you, focusing on your two favorite works of art on view in an NYC museum.
Pledge $2,400 or more
MEDICI: Rewarded with the above plus...Producer credits at the end of twelve additional videos (24 in total); and, lunch for up to four people with one or more Smarthistorians at a NYC restaurant following your private tour.