Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent is an extensive archive of image and sound files from various parts of Africa. The catalog is searchable by collection, subject, country, atlas, and keyword. Multi-field searches are supported. Media are stored in several size formats to accommodate broadband and dial-up users.
The goal of this project is "to provide the general public with a selection of the images and sounds that have been contributed over the years to the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison..."
Target Student Population:
The target student population for this site is Grade 4 to College level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Archival database of images and sounds.
This site is an excellent resource to support lesson plans covering peoples and cultures of Africa.
Online connection, browser and RealOne Player for audio files.
Evaluation and Observation
The collection is extensive, collected by cultural insiders as well as researchers, and is well annotated and organized. Images are of high quality and resolution. Audio content includes substantial entries (some nearly an hour in length) that enable in-depth study of the music. The site includes content that pertains to a wide variety of life aspects, including food, music, religion, social rites, architecture, agriculture, industry, geography, medicine, and politics. Predefined image collections are included.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Keyword, atlas, and subject searching allow the user to create targeted collections on specific topics.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Once a collection has been defined, items are "point and click." Images are initially displayed as thumbnails. Items can be viewed in "Gallery," "Brief," or "Full" mode.
Other Issues and Comments:
Materials on the site are available for use by individuals, educators, researchers, and libraries and may be freely copied or linked provided that usage is "non-commercial, non-subscription" and proper attribution is included.