Teacher Review for Alabama Civil Rights Trail

Good overview of Civil Rights movement in Alabama.

Joe T.
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, United States
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
I would use it as an overview and introduction to the Civil Rights movement. It provides a brief synopsis of what happened at each location or provides a person's significance to the Civil Rights Movement. It would be good to introduce the Civil Rights movement and then have students to choose a topic for further research. Students were left wanting more information. There is only one picture for each point on the timeline and not all have links for further discovery. There are no audio or non-English translation options for ESL learners.
My Take
This app is developed as a tourist friendly app to introduce people and places in the Civil Rights movement to a traveler. I like that the app offers a rather comprehensive listing of places and people who were involved on both sides of the Civil Rights movement. As an educational tool I would like to see more information and more tools for discovery. The destinations section would be a stronger historic tool if it had vintage photographs. Instead, they offer only modern photographs of what you'll see if you visit the cities and museums. Links would be welcomed to archival newspaper and news footage or primary source documents. Audio and language translation would also be welcomed additions. Maps of the state of Alabama with identifying designations would add to student interest. Overall, a good introduction and tourist app.