Social Education 57(3), 1993, pp. 115
1993 National Council for the Social Studies
Recently Reviewed Video Products
Lines in the Sand (1992)
702 South Beech
Syracuse, NY 13210
Contents: One twelve-minute video ($21.95; $37.95 with guide)
Lines in the Sand examines the relationship between the military establishment and the role of the media during the Persian Gulf War. The producers argue that compared to the Vietnam War, news coverage of the Gulf War was less complete and was more tightly controlled by the military and political establishments. The video raises a number of important issues for students to discuss and debate. Highly recommended.
Peace Friends for Ramona (1990)
122 West Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contents: Four-part video, 7-19 minutes each ($22.50)
This four-part video series shows how upper elementary and middle school teachers can construct and manipulate a puppet for use in creating a play about peace. A sample play performed by 5th and 6th graders is shown in the last video. A useful product demonstrating how one elementary school incorporated the arts in teaching about conflict resolution, cooperation, and problem solving. Recommended.
Getting Along (1992)
4106 West Jefferson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Contents: One twenty-four-minute video ($79.95, $4.00 shipping)
Four young male teachers speak of racism, their own experiences as children, and how they handle the pressures of racism in a multicultural community. This video might be helpful to open discussion among teachers about racism and how to address it in the school setting by first facing it in their own lives. Recommended.
The Traveloguer Collection (1990)
Castle Video Resources, Inc.
801 West Mineral Avenue
Littleton, CO 80120
Contents: Twenty sixty-minute videos ($29.95 each)
The Traveloguer Collection is a series of twenty videos, each exploring the culture and history of a European nation. Contains exceptional photography and music, with well-organized information, but is too long for the usual class schedule. Received a four-star rating from the Video Rating Guide for Libraries. Recommended.
A Video Tour of Independence National Historic Park (1990)
Travel Media Productions
150 West 87th Street
New York, NY 10024
Contents: One thirty-minute video
Not a typical travelogue, this video presents a good deal of history through stories that include the contributions of women and minorities. Daily life in Philadelphia of the past spans the famous and not so famous, using a combination of artwork and photography of modern Philadelphia. A good overview or summary. Recommended.
Instructional Technology News
Charles S. White is Coordinator of the Instructional Applications of Microcomputers masters programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and coauthor of Computers and Education (Macmillan 1988).
- SimLife: The Genetic Playground from Maxis-SimLifeª challenges players to build and maintain a viable ecosystem in the face of declining species diversity, delicate food chains, and natural disasters. Players can explore six ready-made ecosystems or play around in the open-ended experimental module. SimLife includes a 209-page manual that explains each facet of the product, and expands on the concepts of genetics, ecology, and evolution introduced in the game. Currently for Macintosh computers ($69.95); a DOS version will be released soon. Distributed by Br¿derbund Software: (800) 521-6263. For more information about SimLife, write or call: Maxis, Two Theatre Square, Suite 230, Orinda, CA 94563-3346; (510) 254-9700.
- Lollipop Dragon Introduces Primary Students to Communities-Lollipop Dragon Explores Communities is a new sound filmstrip program from Visual Education, Inc. (SVE) designed to teach students in grades 1-3 about various types of communities. The program uses three sound filmstrips combining artwork, photography, and narration by Lollipop Dragon, and includes reproducible skill sheets for hands-on activities. Topics include how urban, rural, and suburban communities meet their citizens' needs, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, the different jobs people hold within each type of community, and how communities are interdependent. For more information, write or call: SVE, 1345 Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614; (800) 624-1678.
- SVE Releases Videos on Multicultural American Heroes-Three new video series from Society for Visual Education, Inc., introduce students in grades 4-8 to multicultural studies, biographies, and U.S. history. The series includes four video biographies: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Chief Seattle, and Susan B. Anthony. Christopher Columbus Tells His Story, offered separately, uses the same format to explore Columbus's life and times, and his voyages. In African Americans Tell Their Story and Hispanic Americans Tell Their Story, contemporary students ask questions about the history and achievements of these cultures. For more information, write or call: SVE, 1345 Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614; (800) 624-1678.
- New Software Program Teaches North Dakota Geography-Children in North Dakota can learn their state's geography with help from Crosscountry North Dakota, a computer program developed by Didatech Software in cooperation with the Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. A simulation based on Didatech's award-winning "Crosscountry" series, the program places children in the role of a truck driver on a mission to collect commodities that are important to the economy of the state. In addition to learning the basic economic, political, and physical geography of their state, children using the program will hone their problem-solving and decision-making skills as they experience the realities of long-distance truck driving. For more information, write or call: Didatech, 3812 William Street, Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5C 3H9; (800) 665-0667.
- TEC Announces New Title in Its WorldView Social Studies Software Series-Technical Educational Consultants has released Basic American History I, social studies software for the middle and junior high school. This brings to the lower grades an enhanced version of TEC's award-winning American History Review Ban. The program is available for the IBM-PC and compatibles and the Apple II series of computers at $59.95 (lab packets, site licenses, and network versions are available); a Macintosh version is in development. Basic American History I covers the period from before Columbus to the end of the Civil War, with more than eight hundred questions organized into sixteen topics. For more information, write or call: Technical Educational Consultants, 76 North Broadway, Suite 4009, Hicksville, NY 11801; (516) 681-1773.