Social Education 57(3), 1993, pp. 115
1993 National Council for the Social Studies

Recently Reviewed Video Products

Lines in the Sand (1992)
Griffith-Wirth Associates
702 South Beech
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 476-3396
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)
MS teachers
122 West Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-3600
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)
PRI/INT/MS/SR teachers
Art Nomura
4106 West Jefferson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(213) 731-1362
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
(800) 521-5104
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
(212) 580-1266
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.

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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).