Wednesday, October 17

Virtual Museum - National Museum of African American History and Culture

Web site enables students, teachers to explore African American history and culture

Social networking technology will allow visitors of an interactive web site to chart the future of the Smithsonian Institution's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015. Museum officials say the interactive technology will allow those who wish to share their memories, photos, essays, and oral histories, bringing together people interested in the African American experience and those who have "great stories to tell."

Monday, October 15

eSchool News - "'Fair use' confusion threatens media literacy"

Interesting article... In an age when digital images and recordings to supplement and enhance education are abounding, unnecessary restrictions and a lack of understanding about copyright law are comprising the goal of using such technology in the classroom, says a new report. After interviewing educators, educational media producers and media-literacy organizations, the report's researchers conclude that educators have no shared understanding of what constitutes fair-use practices, and that teachers face conflicting information about their rights, and their students' rights, to use copyrighted works.

Tuesday, October 9

Ken Burns' - "The War" on DVD

Now available!! Directed by Ken Burns, this seven-part documentary tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. Viewers will discover how the war dramatically altered the lives of people in Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Lavern, Minnesota. Each episode tells the story of this worldwide conflict on an intimate, human scale by combining vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines with reminisces of daily life back in the states.
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