To the colleagues from whom I've learned so much about social studies and black history as well as how to teach over the years, starting out in Ocean Hill Brownsville in 1968. To the late Nancy Brezenoff, Jane Miller Monastersky, Rafael Guzman and Elaine King. To Francis Lippette, Teddy and WanLing Vann, Miguel Figueroa, and Ida Watson.
Over the last several years I have digitized a great deal of content related to Social Studies and Black History. In most cases I have used QuickTime Movies as a means to deliver that content. I found that it was a more engaging way to approach the elementary and junior high school students I taught in New York City public schools. I'm pretty much retired now after close to 40 years. To construct these movies I relied on an application called LiveSlideShow. It allowed me to easily combine images, sound and text. The exported movies it created were relatively small in size, especially compared to movies created with iMovie. I have also relied on QuickTime Pro. Often the movies gave students a "taste" of a specific topic which would make it easier for them to move on to learn more on their own and do independent research. Fortuitously these slide show movies were easily converted to the format required by youtube, itunes mp4's and google video. I decided to put the Black History themed movies all in one spot rather than in the anarchic way they had existed in my other sites. I've supplemented them with other videos I discovered and then converted from youtube. More: 1. I've made available for download some of the many posterized collages that I cobbled together in PhotoShop. They are great for display along with accompanying guided questions. In order to print them (unless you are lucky enough to have a plotter) you have to have knowledge of Image Ready in order to create slices that you can piece together. 2. There are also entries for downloadable black history themed coloring pages that I've also digitized so that they may be colored in by any paint program as well as by hand. Look for the coloring pages label. 3. Many entries involve the use of primary documents, such as census reports. Look for the primary document label. 4. There are entries that make use of downloadable assignments in template form. Look for the corresponding label. 5. There are entries that make use of graphic organizers, often generated by Inspiration. Look for the corresponding label. 6. Entries may be labeled with "Google Maps." These show portions of the several Google Map Sites I've made of different neighborhoods of New York City. They will show the locations of various houses and/or locations where Black History may have occurred. 7. The are entries that contain panoramic movies I've made of various Black History related sites in New York City.