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Peer Review

American Experience: We Shall Remain



Overall Numeric Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 2.75 stars
Effectiveness: 3.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2013 by History Editorial Board
Overview: We Shall Remain is a multi-media project that explores the Native American experience. The site offers previews for five ninety-minute PBS documentaries spanning three hundred years relating the Native American perspective of pivotal moments in U.S. history. In addition, the site offers educational resources to support classroom discussions, examinations, and activities. Finally, the location acts as a repository for Native American filmmakers to post examples of the modern Native American experience.
Type of Material: Presentation
Recommended Uses: In class, individual and teamwork, supplement to lecture.
Technical Requirements: Adobe Reader
Identify Major Learning Goals: To integrate Native American history and issues into curricula and be part of the historical narrative.
Target Student Population: Middle school through grad school, particularly social sciences, history, and political science.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A basic understanding of American History is useful as this material offers a Native American perspective.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 2.75 stars
Strengths: • Summarizes a large amount of material well. • Provides the Native American perspective • Well researched and documented • Excellent educational support for the classroom
Concerns: • Only includes a preview of the videos which must be purchased to be useful • Strongly oriented to the Native American experience • Incomplete in the historical treatment of material – previews only • Integration of material is occasionally minimized • Material is occasionally given uneven • concerns – the material is very good

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: • Excellent discussion questions adaptable for the classroom • Excellent evaluation questions and projects for use in the classroom • Excellent video resource in the classroom
Concerns: • Without buying the DVDs for the classroom, the material is of little value • The bias towards the Native American perspective is most suited for older students. • The site could be improved by providing educational support including: learning objectives and prerequisite knowledge statement • Occasionally material is not well transitioned from one topic or concept to another

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Excellent design and production quality • Engaging and well written material • Excellent narration • Site works well and videos/pictures load quickly
Concerns: • Has a link to the full-length video that does not work – deleted? • Links to relevant Native American sites are absent