Friday, April 17, 2015

App Review: Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

FREEDOM SUMMER AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 app from Indiana University is an interactive learning experience focusing on the Civil Rights movement.
Users begin by watching a narrated slide show describing the circumstances surrounding Freedom Summer.
The “Timeline Interactive” presents 20 historical events to users. After each event, participants must predict the reaction to the event. Then, drag the event to the Congress or Civil Rights timeline before proceeding. Users can explore additional information including a glossary for background information before making a decision. Guidance is provided for incorrect answers. When users complete the experience, a concluding, narrated slide show discusses the legacy of Freedom Summer.
The “Biography” section features information about 20 key individuals that supported and opposed Civil Rights legislation. In addition to text, images are provided.
The “Gallery” section provides dozens of primary source images for users to explore.
While the app doesn’t provide directions, the menus and cues are enough to help navigate through the learning experience.
Librarians will want to add this app to their social studies collections. Consider creating a display focusing on Freedom Summer that contains the many fiction and nonfiction books related to this event. Add a tablet with this app that youth can explore.
For additional background information, explore the PBS American Experience: Freedom Summer program materials at
To download this free app, go to