Audio/Video Primary Sources
This extremely well done presentation from the JFK Presidential Library and Museum takes thru the Cuban Missile Crisis and the events leading up to it. It provides a context of the times and a what-if things had not gone as they did. Highly recommended!.
Oyez offers audio files of landmark cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court--another take on primary sources in which the spoken word reigns. It is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation. This site is an excellent media for students to practice listening and oral presentation skills as well as experiencing real history.
History and Politics Out Loud, sponsored by the NEH, includes voices of FDR, John F Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. from historical turning points.
Pond5 sponsors this site allowing you and your students to download thousands of historic media files. The resources include video, audio, images and 3D models.
Old Time Radio (from OTR and Internet Archive) cultivates listening skills and provide a context for the times. Events and episodic stories, such as the Hindenburg disaster and the Shadow, respectively, are included in these primary sources.
Footage from Movietone News portrays real time events from the past. It could encourage students to create their own productions online.
Remember.org is one of the more comprehensive sites which explores the context for the Holocaust. Over a half century has passed since the ending of this actual era in history. The horror is still unimaginable; now the children of the few remaining survivors are responsible for remembering. This site is laid out like a newspaper so multiple forms of data--literature and eyewitness accounts, music and secondary sources such as television documentaries--have been incorporated.
Listen to Voices of orphans or visit One Thousand Children; they traveled to Canada after the camps were disassembled.
The History Channel offers a wide range of resources and videos. One area of special interest is the Famous Speeches page, with audio clips on everything from Amelia Earhart on Women in Flight to a Titanic Survivor's Eyewitness Account, George Wallace on Desegregation to Nancy Reagan Introduces "Just Say No" Campaign.
During the Great Depression era in the U.S., the Works Progress Administration sponsored local artists all over the U.S. A folk music specialist shadowed the great composers and lyricists and gathered their work, which is preserved here.
The Moonlit Road will transport your class to the southern U.S. to learn about regional history and culture, especially ghost stories complete with music and read-aloud features.
Another wonderful audio collection of Native American folklore has just been released---original music from the Omaha Indian tribal archives!.
The University of North Carolina has gathered thousands of documents together for a history of the American South. For a beginning, 250 artifacts (various media types) documenting slavery can be viewed.
The Blue Flame Cafe has reserved seats for blues singers with photos and music clips. Older students would probably benefit more than K-5.
Inside the Harlem Renaissance helps students simulate producing a video for the International Broadcast corporation on the achievements of the Harlem renaissance.
Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has five categories with essays, primary sources, videos, audio recordings and tools, representing different points-of-view.
Purple Planet Royalty Free Music is organized into 14 categories both classical and modern.
And many of the above resources can become part of an iPod broadcast.
This site is organized into 14 categories, both classical and modern.
This site offers over 50 lessons in U.S. and world history, incorporating multiple primary sources, held at the Library of Congress. Most are arranged in a debate-like format.
Since the Web is based on multiple data types, this topic meshes with the process and technology.
It is useful to mention that only by preserving this multi-media can the past be brought alive with rich data (a television channel motto?).
Other Topics To Check Out...
• Example On-Line Learning Sites
• Helping Students Link Up Together
• History & Primary Sources
• Large Group Conferencing (audio, video, podcasts, & text)
• Major US and North American Federal Organizations: Environment
• Making The Video
• The Library of Congress
• Treks and Primary Sources