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Chasing the Dream Exploring Black History

bulletInteractives, games, quizzes

bulletThe making of a King

bulletField of legends:
       Baseball and segregation

bulletInnovators who break

bulletNew leaders, old methods

bulletStudent perspectives on
       Black History Month

bulletHistorically black colleges
       find new identities

bulletHunter-Gault: 'Black
       history saved my life'

bulletIssues in the
       African-American community


bulletWeb resources

bulletWebcast basics

bulletWebcast schedule

       History of the blues

bulletHow sweet the sound:
       A conversation with
       Nancy-Elizabeth Fitch

bulletUnit overview


bulletLesson plan: Picking a leader

bulletLesson plan: African-
       American feats

bulletLesson plan:
       Today's young leaders


bulletWeb resources

Author Myrlie Evers-Williams is a trailblazer as an activist for civil rights

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Webcast basics

January 31, 2001
Web posted at: 4:31 PM EST (2131 GMT)

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Can webcasts be viewed on my classroom television?

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Because webcasts are conducted over the Internet, the only way you will be able to watch the Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History webcast on your television is if it is connected to your computer.

Are there any costs? Any advertising?

There are no costs and no banner advertising.

What is the difference between a moderated chat and an open chat room?

Some of our webcasts feature moderated guest chats with leading experts to take questions from the chat audience on the webcast topic. In a moderated chat room, questions that are submitted by audience members are screened and selected by a moderator and presented to the guest to answer. Not all questions may be used. The chat room is never open to casual chatting among audience members as is seen in open chat rooms.

How do I contribute questions for use on the webcast?

Questions can be contributed in three ways:

  1. When a webcast has an accompanying chat, the chatroom moderator may toss questions to the anchor moderating the on-air discussion.
  2. Some of our webcasts allow participants the opportunity to email questions to in advance of the webcast. Questions from the email pool for the webcast are divided by topic, and several are selected to be addressed on air.
  3. may have a question message board open the first 15 minutes of each webcast session. In these situations, participants simply place their questions into the question message board during the first 15 minutes. Then they watch to see which questions are selected for on-air use.

Are there any past webcasts I can review for an example?

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Does my school need to enroll or register?

There is no enrollment or registration necessary to participate.

Will experts answer every question they receive?

The experts will not be able to answer every question, but they will attempt to answer as many questions as possible.

Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History

What is Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History?

The Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History Learning Adventure examines the past, present and future of black achievement in the United States. The instructional unit features lessons, news stories, interactive activities and a live webcast. Among the topics investigated are:

  • The civil rights movement: A personal perspective

  • Cultural preservation: Music

  • Education and African-Americans: Then and now

  • Current and future leaders

    The live webcast and moderated discussion event takes place February 22.

    Will the lessons on the Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History be correlated to national standards?

    Yes, each lesson offered includes objectives, time requirements, assessment suggestions and correlations to national standards.

    Who may participate?

    Although the webcast was designed with students in grades seven-12 in mind, anyone (parents and teachers) who wishes to participate may do so as much or as little as they wish.

    How do I participate in the webcast?

    Participation is easy:

    1. Go to the webcast schedule page.

    2. Click on the session you wish to attend.

    3. Choose the option to view the webcast, send a question to the webcast or both.

    Will Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History be archived and accessible for future use?

    Yes. The text and video will be archived and available about two weeks after the event.

    Technical troubleshooting

    What if the video doesn't play?


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    2. Make sure your computer has a recent version of Real Player or Windows Media Player installed and working in your browser.

    3. Make sure you have an Internet connection capable of at least 28.8 k.

    What if the chat/question application doesn't run?

    It is possible that your computer network has a firewall to keep its content secure. Check with your network administrator to see if there is a way to place your computer temporarily outside the firewall or if there are existing provisions for allowing chat applets to be used.

    Our school doesn't have high-speed Internet access. Will we still be able to participate? Will a low-speed (dial-up modem) affect the picture on our screen?

    If you have a 28.8 connection or faster, your connection should not prevent you from participating in our webcasts. Because faster connections allow the sending of more frames per second, the faster the connection, the smoother the video will appear. Because audio takes less bandwidth, your audio should not be affected by the speed of your connection.

    Our school has a firewall and/or Web site filtering technology. Will we have problems participating in the live event?

    Maybe, but they are not insurmountable. It just takes some advance preparation. To participate in the discussion portion, you will have to ask your network administrator to give you a connection outside the firewall. If your school system uses filtering technology, you will have to add the site to your list of approved sites in advance of the webcast.

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