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ERIC Number: EJ927066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Learning History with Mini-Camcorders
Stoddard, Jeremy D.; Hoffman, Meg
Social Education, v75 n2 p107-110 Mar-Apr 2011
In this article, the authors describe three specific activities in which they have integrated mini-camcorders in their units on the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction and Progressive eras that they believe provide outlets for creative middle school students and engage students in authentic intellectual work. The three activities, (1) Battle News Broadcasts; (2) Front Lines Scenarios; and (3) Agents of Change Interviews, are structured so that students will have opportunities to reach challenging levels of content knowledge from the period through researching and constructing their own media. These activities provide a window to examine the social history of groups often not included in the curriculum (e.g., women and African Americans) and major figures who are often marginalized in the textbook. In addition to the three curricular examples using mini-camcorders presented in this article, the authors provide logistical and pedagogical tips for engaging students in historical research and historical interpretation while putting together high quality videos. (Contains 3 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A