Link Spotlight: The Prelinger Archives

Link Spotlight: The Prelinger Archives

Looking for vintage film stock for use in a project or even just in examining films and TV from throughout history with your class?  Topics like gender and racial bias are especially palpable in old advertising, for example.  Now you can view thousands of such films from the Prelinger Archives!


“Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 5,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and over 2,800 key titles (now in the process of increasing to over 5,000) are available here.”


Ken Robinson’s TEDTalk on “How Schools Kill Creativity”

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson talks about “How Schools Kill Creativity”.  A description from

“Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, will be published by Viking in May 2013. ”

Thanks to Freddy for sharing.

After School Programs’ effect on drop-out rates


After School Programs effect on drop-out rates

As policy-makers and educators confront the significant challenge of graduation and dropout rates, it is a small comfort to know that the work we do in after school (along with our many partners) has a significant influence on these numbers.  Check out the brief article here from Afterschool Alliance:

For a more detailed analysis of the importance of after school on retention and graduation rates, check out this companion article:

Thanks to Cassie for sharing!