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Hands on History


Date posted: February 22, 2011

One of the hallmarks of good teachers is that they will do almost anything, use almost anything, try almost anything to make learning come alive for their students. Sometimes that includes the creative use of media and technology. Sometimes that includes drawing direct connections between what students are learning and elements of their daily lives or aspects of their community. Sometimes that means immersing students in an activity.

We often see examples of wonderful educators using multimedia technology to bring a subject to life or impressive examples of students not just learning, but actually doing history or science. It’s not often that we see someone who does it all.

Paul LaRue is that someone. He uses video and technology. His students investigate local history, search primary source documents, work with archaeologists to explore an historic site, map an old cemetery, and weave new patterns in the rich tapestry of their community’s history and culture.

In 1989, Cable in the Classroom was created to bring educational video programs (and later digital content and broadband resources) to teachers like Paul, who live in communities that don’t necessarily have a Smithsonian Museum or a national park in their midst, but who have no shortage of ideas to explore with their students and who have the passion that gets kids excited about learning.

In the Leaders in Learning section of our website, we highlight the stories of creative educators Paul LaRue, who are making a difference in America’s schools and enriching the lives of their students.