Teacher Review for K-TOWN'92

Interactive Documentary

Lauren S.
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I believe this website could be used as a novel approach to both filmmaking and understanding historical context. Although it may be set up more for small group and individual work, the website definitely serves as an excellent archive full of both new and historical footage of the K-Town riots in 1992. The site also has an interactive map feature which is another tool that could be used by students to piece together a timeline and location of events. K-TOWN'92 is entirely interactive and can be personalized for each viewer. It is because of this that I feel teacher led instruction with the site may prove difficult, but individually it can be catered to each user.
My Take
K-TOWN'92 is a great teaching tool for high school aged students to learn more about civil and racial unrest in America during the 1990s. This could be a great alternative to watching a standard documentary film in class as it allows users to jump around various clips, timelines, images and interviews. The site is entirely free to use as well which is always important when considering its audience. Some issues with the website as a teaching tool is that could be somewhat challenging for some students to understand without first going over background knowledge about the situation. Historical context and guided questions might be necessary for some students to keep track of all the narratives being introduced at once. For younger audiences as well I would be careful with certain clips which depict gun violence and police brutality, although necessary to understand the context of events, it may be too violent for some schools or students.