Teachers and students know that classrooms are a lot like news segments – you've got to keep changing things up practically every 15 seconds to keep everyone engaged. Music clips, games, short videos, all help to maintain a lively and interesting class. Well, the National Museum of American History is working on a web series right now that we hope will come in handy in doing just that.
My name is Tory and I work at American History. The web-series we’re producing is called ‘Founding Fragments,” and the aim of the whole project is to bring some of our most beloved collections items, and some of our far lesser known objects, out to share with our online audiences. It’s an interactive program where we solicit questions and ideas from the public about upcoming video topics and try to get your questions answered! As host of the show, I meet with different curators and conservators around the museum to find out more about specific objects in our collections and get up close and personal with the pieces themselves.
We’ve produced three episodes so far (all of which are on YouTube), and we would love to know if you find them useful for your classrooms. Are they too long, too short? What other objects from American history would be most helpful for your class discussions? What questions do you have about our collections? We’d love to know how best we can help you all out, so please let us know! Answer here or look out for our announcements about ‘Founding Fragments’ on Facebook and Twitter (@explorehistory).
Check out our first video – The Star-Spangled Banner!