Teachers for Tomorrow-Garth Holman-M Pennington

An interesting web site developed by Garth Holman and Mike Pennington middle school teachers in Ohio. Both teachers are participants in the ” Sounds of American History” a federal grant headed by Dr. Mark Tebeau of CSU..
Here is a link to their web site that contains history resources for teachers . Here are some links to presidential audio tapes that will provide insight on decisions made by many of our presidents. Click here

Garth Holman is a middle school educator, by choice, for the last 16 years. For the last eight years, I have been working in Northeast Ohio, at a one-to-one laptop school.

Michael Pennington is a Middle School educator for the past 3 years. I completed my student-teaching with Garth Holman at Beachwood Middle School.

Videos on how to use audacity.

The three videos will show you how to record using audacity and ways to control volume. You will also learn how to import a music file and add a narrative to the file. The new file will have music playing in the background with a narrative.

Video 1    Recording  

Video 2  Importing audio files

Video 3– Creating  a narrative with music back ground

Embedding Sound in a Powerpoint

By- Jim Luteran

When you embed a sound file from Interclipper and place it in a power point there is no need to point to the  original sound file. Once the sound file is embedded it will stand alone in the power point and can be emailed to anyone and the sound will play. Here is a  a demonstration of of how to embed a sound file into a power point. The power point was created by Tim Hlousek and Ed Petrina in the ” Sounds Project'”.

Download embedding_sound.wmv

To add a sound clip to your slide show, perform the following steps:

  1. Display the slide to which you want to add sound.
  2. Use one of the following three methods to insert the sound clip:
    • To browse through the Clip Organizer for a sound clip, on the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then click Sound from Clip Organizer.PowerPoint will display the Clip Art task pane and will select Sounds in the Results Should Be drop-down list. You can use the Clip Art task pane to locate a sound clip stored on your computer or on the Office Online Web site.
    • To insert a sound clip from an existing sound file on a local disk, a shared network location, or an Internet site (if you haven’t imported the file into the Clip Organizer), on the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then click Sound from File.The Insert Sound dialog box will appear. Select the sound file that you want, and then click the OK button.
    • To record your own sound clip (you must have a microphone attached to your computer) and add it to the slide, on the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sound, and then click Record Sound.PowerPoint will display the Record Sound dialog box. Use the controls in this dialog box to record your sound and then click the OK button.

Outreach Resources for Workshops

Resources for Outreach Programs

 Jim Luteran


This web site is part of the Gilder Lehman Institute and it contains primary documents and well written lesson plans and some lessons contain power points . You can also conduct a lesson plan search based on history standards.


Mike Wallace Interview. Well prepared with extensive research, Wallace asked probing questions of guests framed in tight close-ups. The result was a series of compelling and revealing interviews with some of the most interesting and important people of the day.The Mike Wallace Interview ran from 1957 to 1960, but the Ransom Center collection includes interviews from only 1957 and 1958. In the early 1960s, Mr. Wallace donated to the Ransom Center kinescopes of these programs and related materials, including his prepared questions, research material, and correspondence.


The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin.


On the left hand side click on transcripts + audio clips .

Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties–FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon–secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.

Click below to listen to President Johnson ordering pants, Taken from the whitehouse tapes.



The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.



Does the Santa Fe Independent School District’s policy permitting student-led, student-initiated prayer at football games violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment? Click on the above link above for the decision.


A web site with history lesson plans designed with Ohio standards. The research in the site has been provided by Dr. Mark Tebeau and his colleagues at Cleveland State University. The materials provide historical knowledge and research of the social studies in Ohio and are meant to be used for education purposes by students, teachers and historians. Please use the materials for educational purposes only.

Listen to the Sound files in the lesson below  http://www.csusocialhistory.org/Lessons.aspx?ID=29&lid=158

Then go to related files to listen to sound files.


This web site contains audio and video clips of historical events.

Here is an example of  a video



Newsreel footage of President Kennedy ordering more than 20,000 U.S. Army soldiers to restore order on campus at the University of Mississippi after riots break out as the first black student prepares to attend his first class in 1962.


Provide teachers, students, researchers, and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, and archival radio sources as is available anywhere.

Below is an audio file on the Cold War. Be patient it may take a few minutes to download this 29 minute audio file.




The Teaching American History podcast will provide subscribers with a weekly seminar from a leading history scholar from our extensive audio archive. These seminars are designed to encourage teachers to seriously examine significant events in American history in light of the principles of the American founding, and also to encourage the use of primary source materials in the classroom.


The above lesson designed by Garth Holman is an excellent presentation to start of a unit on Civil Rights

A  video depicting conditions after a Civil War Battle

Civil War Battle.wmv

Japanese Internment

The online collection of Clara Breed, or “Miss Breed” as she was known by her young library patrons, includes over 300 letters and cards received by Breed from Japanese American children and young adults during their World War II incarceration

Sounds Videos and Resources Developed by Teachers

Excellent Lesson Plan on Civil Rights

Lesson Plan On
Civil Rights
Created by Mark Soeder

Here is an excellent lesson plan on Civil Rights that was created by Mark Soeder a Social Studies teacher at Perry High School. You can access the plan at
http://www.csusocialhistory.org/Lessons.aspx?ID=29&lid=158 . This lesson plans actually brings the sites and sounds of the Civil Rights movement into your class room.

Soeder states, “This lesson affords students the opportunity to examine how Americans used civil disobedience to achieve governmental change. Specifically, students will be asked to analyze the efforts of individuals working to achieve civil rights in the 1960s. In the process, students will discover that it is possible for a small group of people to change unjust laws.
The lesson plan contains actual audio links to the presidential tapes and includes a phone conversation between President Johnson and Senator Eastland a segregationist The phone conversation is centered around the Mississippi Burning that occurred in 1964 and was made in a movie starring Gene Hackman. There are many audio links and web sites that explain clearly the problems faced by the civil rights leaders in the 60’s. The worksheets at the end of the lesson helps the students stay focused on the major civil rights event.
Here are some related resources:
• Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches: Dick Gregory
• Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches: Fannie Lou Hamer
• Say It Plain: I’ve Been to the Moutaintop: Martin Luther King, Jr.

History Podcast

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Our archive of more than fifty podcasts is available for free, simply by registering on our website at http://www.gilderlehrman.org/historians/podcasts. Listen to renowned historians such as Gordon Wood, Carol Berkin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and David Kennedy take you through some of America’s most important moments, from the Colonial Era to the present.

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Edward Ayers
“Slavery and the Early American Economy”
July 1, 2008
University of Richmond

In this lecture Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond, tackles myths about slavery and describes how it grew into an American — not just Southern — institution. He discusses slavery’s integral role in driving the global economy in the early 1800s.