EDIM 514 Media Library

This was a challenging exercise. While it’s a breeze to find images, videos, audio and other resources by searching through Creative Commons – there’s even the option to search only CC artifacts within Google – it was more difficult to find entire websites devoted to CC resources. I did manage to find a few terrific sites that educators – especially secondary history teachers – should find useful. You can see my diigo list here.

Digital History is a lifeline for those who teach US History. It offers countless primary source documents, images and links to other sites with similar resources. Bookmark this site and you get hundreds of other web resources at your fingertips. You have to dig some for the public domain or CC artifacts – but they are there along with lots of other valuable tools.

The Digital Vault is my favorite new find. It is a project of the National Archives and it has assembled historical images and videos according to theme. Search results are delivered in a snazzy flash interface and each image comes with links for additional information. They also offer built-in tools to create movies, posters and a fabulous activity called “Pathways.” Pathways allows you to create digital clues: assembly the images you want and have students predict their association. I’m really looking forward to using this!

ccMixter is a great site to find, sample, mash, remix or listen to mix – and it’s got the CC licensing built right in.

Ad*Acess is a collection of historical advertisements complied by Duke University. From their website: “An image database of over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories – Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda – dated between 1911 and 1955.” Many – but not all – of the images are part of the public domain. They have the Fair Use policy explicitly stated on the site.

American Rhetoric hosts hundreds of historical and political speeches. Some are audio only and others are film. You have to search for files that they don’t own the copyright to but there are many resources here that are within the public domain.


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