11 November 2013

Netflix and YouTube

This year Sweet Pea is studying the 20th century in history and literature. One of the best things about this time period is the development of cameras, video, tv, and computers. We are really taking advantage of resources available to us on the computer and other places to enhance/add to her studies.

Netflix is great. She has watched All Quiet on the Western Front, Saving Private Ryan, and The Great Gatsby already this year. I have a list of movies that we'll watch throughout the year that tie in with history. Some may not be specific history movies, like the war movies, but will be more to give a sense of the time period like The Great Gatsby. We're also going to watch a few movies instead of reading the book, partly to save some time. She's got a heavy reading load and a movie here and there instead of a book will be a nice change. Next up on the movie list is The Jazz Singer, the first "talkie" movie.

YouTube is also an amazing resource. We haven't used it much yet but I will be encouraging her to use it more, especially since she's moving into the 1940s this week. She's on it a lot, but mostly looking at music videos. I know there's videos of speeches, music concerts, and lots of other events that will tie in to her studies. It will be nice to see speeches and other things from early in the century instead of just reading the speech. It will give more of a feel for what was happening and how passionate the person giving the speech was at the time.

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