If you have visited the Iowa AEA Online website recently, you may have noticed a new available resource. American History in Video became available on December 8 to every student, teacher and staff member in Iowa schools.  

American History in Video includes 2000 total hours of streaming video content. Over half of the videos include content from the 1890s to the 1980s. As a result, students can now witness Neil Armstrong taking his first step onto the moon’s surface. Students can experience this and tens of thousands other historical moments as they were captured at the time it was happening. American History in Video also includes documentaries that feature reenactments and analysis from scholars and experts. For example, students can learn about the Battle of Gettysburg from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson. They can learn about the American Civil War by viewing Ken Burn’s PBS series. Learn about great American leaders and personalities, as well as learning about crucial events in America’s history. 

Currently, the fastest way to access American History in Video is through the Iowa AEA Online site. Use the Iowa AEA Online username and password provided for your building. If you have don’t know that information, contact the teacher librarian in your district/building or contact Pam Buysman, pbuysman@nwaea.org at Northwest AEA. Once you’ve logged onto the site, you’ll find video tutorials that will help you better utilize this resource. Iowa AEAs are also planning to create video tutorials for teachers and students as well. 

As always, if you have questions about any of the Iowa AEA Online resources, please feel free to contact pbuysman@nwaea.org