Social Education 57(7), 1993, pp. 396-398
1993 National Council for the Social Studies

Potpourri of Instructional Technology Resources

In this issue we present several video products that our reviewers found to be of exceptional quality. The content spans the civil rights movement, changes in the former Soviet Union, the Mayans of Guatemala, and the role of money in politics. I am indebted to Denee Corbin and Mary Ann Fine for their meticulous work in reviewing the products described below.

Guts, Gumption, and Go-Ahead (1992)
MS, JR, HS*
Media Projects, Inc.
5215 Homer Street
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-3863
Contents: 1 video, 24 min., discussion guide ($150.00)
This live-action color video powerfully portrays slavery in the United States from the slaves' point of view. The effect slavery had on private lives is presented extremely well. This historically accurate video is well designed, presenting positive role models. "Great for instilling African-American pride," according to one reviewer. Highly recommended.

America's Civil Rights Movement (1992)
SR
Teaching Tolerance
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Contents: 1 video, 38 min., resource booklet, teachers' guide (free)
Narrated by Julian Bond, this video presents a historical perspective of the civil rights movement, from Rosa Parks to the mid-1960s. Voices of movement participants, period film footage, and still photographs are included. Highly recommended.

Return of the Maya (1992)
SR
The Video Project
5332 College Avenue, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94618
(800) 475-2638
Contents: 1 video, 29 min. ($85.00)
This excellent video traces events in the lives of the Mayans of Guatemala. One hundred thousand Mayans fled to Mexico as political refugees, and the video presents the story of their dislocation and resettlement. Appropriate for use in world history, contemporary issues, and international relations curriculums. Highly recommended.

If the People Will Lead (1992)
SR
The Video Project
5332 College Avenue, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94618
(800) 475-2638
Contents: 1 video, 58 min. ($95.00)
If the People Will Lead documents the disintegrations of the Soviet Union. It examines the heart and soul of the current generation of Russians and opens windows into a society at a critical juncture in their history-a society caught between the forces of communism and democracy. The visual images are powerful and moving, aided by effective use of music. Worth watching over two classroom sessions. Highly recommended.

Beyond Goodwill (1992)
SR
The Video Project
5332 College Avenue, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94618
(800) 475-2638
Contents: 1 video, 58 min. ($85.00)
Beyond Goodwill looks at two pioneering efforts to engage Americans and Russians in cooperative work projects. The video portrays the problems and rewards of international cooperation on global projects. Recommended.

Nothing to Lose (1990)
SR
The Video Project
5332 College Avenue, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94618
(800) 475-2638
Contents: 1 video, 58 min. ($95.00)
Life in contemporary Poland is the topic of this video. It goes far beyond the labor strikes to include rock concerts, grocery stores, social events, and religious activities. Political struggle is a particular focus. The content is exceptional, although the technical quality of the video is uneven. Recommended.

If I'm Elected (1993)
JR/SR
Cambridge Educational
90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW
South Charleston, WV 25328-2153
(800) 468-4227
Contents: 1 video, 28 min. ($69.95)
This is an excellent video that raises questions and address issues related to political campaigns in the United States, including image building by consultants, the effect of the media, and the influence of money. How much have we departed from the political process our founders planned? Do our political campaigns serve our democratic ideals? Highly recommended.

The Price of Power: Money in Politics (1993)
JR/SR
Cambridge Educational
90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW
South Charleston, WV 25328-2153
(800) 468-4227
Contents: 1 video, 28 min. ($69.95)
Active political participation lies at the core of this excellent video. In a fair and objective manner, it raises questions about the use of money for political campaigns. This is the second of two videos in the Contemporary Campaign series (see previous review). Excellent for analysis and provides a useful springboard for research and debate. Highly recommended.

Meiji Revolution (Pacific Century Series) (1992)
SR
Annenberg/CPB
901 E Street, NW 2d floor
Washington, DC 20004
(800)-LEARNER
Contents: 1 video, 27 min., in a series of 10 ($29.95 each or $275.00 for entire series)
This is an outstanding overview of the Meiji period in Japanese history, providing background for understanding modern Japan. The photographs, artwork, newsreels, and movie excerpts are woven together expertly. The content and technical quality of this product greatly exceeds its price. Highly recommended.

ÁAdelante Mujeres! (1992)
JR/SR
National Women's History Project
7738 Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 838-6000
Contents: 1 video, 30 min. ($125.00)
Five centuries of Mexican-American women are covered chronologically in this video, based on two years of research funded by the National Women's History Project and the Women's Educational Equity Act (U.S. Department of Education). The contribution of Mexican-American women as centers of families and as community activists is documented, using photographs and previously unpublished material. Wonderful use of historical photographs and artwork. The narrative presents a fair and accurate portrayal of individuals and organizations in both traditional and nontraditional roles. Recommended.

Gifts from the Watershed (1992)
JR/HS
Churchill Media
12210 Nebraska Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3600
(800) 334-7830
Contents: 1 video, 25 min., teachers' guide ($275.00)
Chronicling an environmental project in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, this video documents efforts to create an environment that benefits both humans and wildlife. Excellent photography. Although a useful product for showing successes of environmental management, it does little to explain the political and social issues involved-the barriers and processes for achieving support for such efforts. Connection to main themes in geography is weak. A fairly good teachers' guide with discussion questions and activities is included. Marginal for social studies.

Edge of the Continent (1992)
JR/HS
Churchill Media
12210 Nebraska Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3600
(800) 334-7830
Contents: 1 video, 25 min. ($275.00)
The marine life and ecosystems of coastal Washington State are the focus of this video. Describes efforts to protect fragile marine life. Science classrooms and environmental studies curriculums will benefit from Edge of the Continent. Connections to core social studies content are tenuous. Marginal for social studies.

The Survivors (1992)
JR/HS
Churchill Media
12210 Nebraska Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3600
(800) 334-7830
Contents: 1 video, 48 min., teachers' guide ($250.00)
Superb photography of wildlife and landscapes help convey the natural history of Australia. Although useful in a regional geography course, The Survivors is most appropriate in science, as reflected in the discussion questions and activities in the teachers' guide. In general, marginal for social studies.

Can You Tell Me...How to Decide (1993)
PRI
Churchill Media
12210 Nebraska Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3600
(800) 334-7830
Contents: 1 video, 8 min ($160.00)
In this video, two puppets choose whether or not to taste beer. The decision-making process is good, although the context is too obvious. The technical quality of the presentation is poor and unsophisticated in comparison to other products for this age group. Not recommended for social studies.

The Reunification of Germany (1992)
JR/HS
Churchill Media
12210 Nebraska Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3600
(800) 334-7830
Contents: 1 video, 32 min. ($250.00)
The first of two videos provides background for the reunification of Germany, tracing events from the close of World War II to the building of the Berlin Wall. The personal, economic, and political consequences of these events are discussed. Germans discuss new problems that emerged when the Berlin Wall fell. Producers have made good use of maps, newsreels, and photographs. Recommended.