Thanks to Garry Adelman and Nicole Osier of the Civil War Trust for sending along reviews of my two presentations, which I gave at their annual Teacher Institute in Nashville two weeks ago. I assume they took out the negative reviews so as not to upset me. All kidding aside, I couldn’t be more pleased with the feedback. I gave two presentations. The first was a tutorial on digital media literacy in the classroom – specifically the need to teach our students how to access and assess online information. I used a couple of black Confederate websites as a case study. Here are a few reviews.
“Excellent presentation. I have been waiting for a session like this.”
“As a new teacher, I am still grasping how to teach using the internet. This was very helpful!”
“Can’t wait to share this talk with my fellow teachers.”
“I have never had any formal training on evaluating sites – this was so helpful.”
My second talk focused on how to use the movie, “Glory” in the classroom. I focused specifically on the kinds of questions that can be raised in class that asks students to think critically about the intersection of Hollywood and history. Here is what the participants had to say.
“Fascinating presentation – will take a lot of this into my classroom. Well done!”
“Kevin Levin was a good presenter who responded wonderfully to participant questions and comments. This workshop will certainly impact how I use Glory and other movies in my classroom.”
“Entertaining and thought-provoking. Let’s have more like this good give and take between presenter and attendees.”
“Absolutely stellar session. We need more of this type of session!!”
This is one of my favorite talks to give. I am currently working on an essay on Civil War movies for an upcoming issue of the OAH’s Magazine of History, which is being edited by Carol Sheriff.
Please let me know if I can help with your teacher workshop or any other event that involves k-12 history educators. Sharing with my fellow teachers is the most important work that I do professionally. Click here for a list of upcoming talks.