Can your students recognize the sound of an 8mm film projector or the cadence of a rotary phone’s clicks? Conserve the Sound is an online museum that aims to protect the sounds of gadgets so that future generations will know what a dial telephone sounded like, for example, or an analog typewriter, 56K modem, nuclear power plant, or even a cellphone keypad. At the top of the site’s “Sound” page, timeline navigation allows users to visit every decade from the 1910s to the 2000s. Although the 1920s category contains only two objects, other displays are more plentiful and colorful. The virtual display case of the 1930s, for example, holds the sounds of a twin-engine propeller plane and a few moving and still cameras. It also features the enduring library stamp. The site also has objects from before these times, given how prominently their sounds feature in film and audio recordings that define the periods. The collection continues to grow and now includes interviews with experts in various subjects on the importance of saving these sounds. Visitors to the site can even submit their own gadgets, if they like. The German creative house Chunderksen developed and maintains the site.
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts.
Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experiences of immigration. Stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminate the human lives behind today’s ever-shifting global landscape. Witnessing peers from diverse geographies helps students to make valuable connections and support, appreciate, and respect cultural diversity.
Youth Perspectives The Global Oneness Project has created a new video collection—Global Youth Perspectives—with seven stories and accompanying lesson plans that highlight youth around the world.
Identity and Belonging Facing History and Ourselves offers more than 170 lessons and other resources on global immigration.
Starting with the Alamo in 1836, Experience Real History (ERH) uses cards and RealityBoards, in addition to apps, to help students gain insights into history. The Reality Board is a large mat with a printed image of the 1836 Alamo from a bird’s-eye view.