Technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) suggests that each discipline offers unique opportunities to integrate technology into the curriculum. For example, history teachers and their students can now directly access the documents and artifacts that collectively comprise the historic record – letters, photographics, maps, illustrations, historic accounts in newspapers, etc.

Projects such as Television News of the Civil Rights Era allow students to experience history in a way that is not possible through the pages of a book alone.

Television News of the Civil Rights Era

Students on a rural road in 1963 wait for a school bus.

Prince Edward County

A reporter approaches a student, and asks,
“How long have you been waiting?”

The student responds, “Four years …”

It takes a moment to understand that the schools have been closed for four years … and that students have been waiting for the schools to reopen for that length of time. A transcript of the interview is available — but listening to the interview in the student’s own voice provides a qualitatively different experience.

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