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According to the site, "Faculty members from across City University of New York campuses have worked together to create and test interactive multimedia 'lab' modules for use in the introductory college U.S. history survey." In describing the project, the site adds that "The idea is to let students 'do history' with the growing...
According to the site, "Faculty members from across City University of New York campuses have worked together to create and test interactive multimedia 'lab' modules for use in the introductory college U.S. history survey." In describing the project, the site adds that "The idea is to let students 'do history' with the growing amount of wonderful online archival materials and directing the use of primary sources through sophisticated inquiry based activities developed by faculty."
There are twelve modules ranging from slavery in eighteenth-century Virginia to Lyndon Johnson and the political culture of the 1960s. Each has been field tested in the CUNY system classrooms. Most modules contain an Overview, a list of hyperlinked resources, an Activity written as instructions to students, Instructor's Annotation that explains what the person writing it hoped to achieve, which class it was intended for, and other potentially useful information for teachers. However, there are some variations in module format based on the objectives and approach of its writer.
There is also a page of generic teachers' resources. It has three essays with hyperlinks on the topics of "Technology in the History Classroom," "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning," and "Visual Evidence in the History Classroom." On a separate page listing "Technical Notes," there are hints for teaching in a computer lab utilizing the modules.
United States, Stamp Act, Constitution, Great Depression, emancipation, Triangle Fire, John Brown's raid, Lyndon Johnson, women, Spanish-American War, labor, radical abolitionism, evangelicalism, civil rights, American Revolution, 1960s, black power, slavery
College General Ed,
College Lower Division
Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: This site is designed to work on all current browsers including Internet Explore 5 or higher, Firefox, Safari, Netscape, and Camino. You will need Flash 7 or higher installed on the computer in order to view the opening animation, but not to use any of the teaching modules. Some of the modules require students to listen to audio excerpts in the Quicktime format. Computers should have audio capability with speakers or headphones available. Some of the modules utilize images that are best viewed with a monitor resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher. Some of the modules utilize online discussions and postings by students using Blackboard or another Course Management System. Email list-serves could be substituted for the CMS.