Roundtable 2: Internet Guide to Maine Content

Roundtable 2: Internet Guide to Maine Content

Hosted by Northeast Historic Film in 2003.  Links and affiliations may no longer be current.

Web-based Social Studies Resources

Below is information on 9 essential Internet resources, followed by a list of additional links:

  • DiscoverME
  • Island Institute’s Lobster Tales
  • Maine Memory Network
  • Maine Music Box
  • Maine PBS
  • Maine State Archives
  • Northeast Historic Film
  • State of Maine Chamber of Commerce Needs Your Help Project
  • Technology Integrators & Collaborators
  • Other Maine Content Social Studies Sites

View the Roundtable II participant roster.


Multi-user, multi-group learning environment. Online event, student-directed learning, student interest and ability define the experience. Historical detectives travel around the state looking at primary documents while playing a game. The sequence takes six weeks. Students interviewed member of community, teacher approve and student submit. Compare with another student. DiscoverME provides web-based Maine studies units, guiding middle school students as they explore their state’s history and geography, its natural, economic and industrial resources, and its cultural and ethnic heritage. DiscoverME students create a statewide learning environment through telecollaboration. Engaging activities align to Maine Learning Results and include a standards-based assessment. It’s free.

Students/teachers involved in Maine studies.

Island Institute’s Lobster Tales [NO LONGER OPERATING]

Place-based education, to connect island communities to the world at large. Tagging lobsters caught by eight lobstermen, asking for response from people who buy the lobsters and find the tags. Show students how their experiences are connected to the world.

Students and remote communities (islands).


Maine Memory Network

Stephen Bromage,

Documents, maps, artifacts and photos held in Maine Historical Society collections and 70 other institutions available online. Maine Memory Network builds relationships between local historical societies and schools. Linked to Finding Katahdin, the Maine Studies textbook (five chapters). Historian from MMN will work with educators and local historic al society. Not much time? Teachers ID topic, historical society creates exhibit to be used in school. It’s free.

Targeted to various groups including middle school, fourth grade, high school.

MLTI people, students sought.

Document packets and lesson plans on topic. How-to coming soon. In 2004 Maine Memory will get an upgrade. Document packets will be grouped. They will post lesson plans and worksheets. Each school will have its own home page.

Maine Music Box

To provide an electronic database of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s collections for searches, better and quicker access. There will be 20,000 pieces of music comprising about 120,000 images. There will be music included from the Maine State collection, music connected to Maine, many from before 1925. The Internet tool will provide electronic music, allowing user to change key and tempo. Criteria are that the pieces of music be interesting to many people and connect historically. The Maine Music Box will be completed in 2004.

Educators and students.

Use of music as part of unit for a specific period in history. Use of music as part of a performance or video.

Music Box will be available as a sample site in October 2003 and is interested in conversation with users.


Maine PBS

Maine PBS has begun its conversion to digital service, (a $9.4 million state bond in 1999) resulting in four channels instead of one: Maine PBS, Maine PBS Kids, Maine PBS You (an education channel including distance learning and “how-to” programs), and Maine PBS Plus. Maine PBS series “Home: The Story of Maine” has online information for classroom teachers, lesson plans at:

Maine PBS “True North” series overview; lesson plans and work sheets, video segments available from Maine State Library media services.

 Maine State Archives

David Cheever, State Archivist 207-287-5793

The Maine State Archives holds the equivalent of over 90 million pages of Maine information and is part of the Department of the Secretary of State. The archives’ mission has two facets: to protect and preserve the materials, and to help people find and use them.

There are three classes of information on the Maine State Archives online services: online exhibits, database now downloadable, records (which can be digitized on demand). For example, you can call about Civil War people for your town. Maine National History Day helps students develop critical project thinking skills and an understanding of the past through original research, much of which is now conducted via the Internet and presented at the state contest on digital media. Laura Richter, a MLTI content teacher leader, has coached several winning History Day teams. State Archives material is used in Maine Memory Network and Skowhegan project.

Teachers, content providers and others.

The Archives has developed a “Town of Turner” section, an example of digital documents online. Apply Town of Turner exhibit methodology to your town:

Seeking teachers and students who will create and review. Should a response box be added to Maine State Archives Website?

The Archives intends to make more images and text available through the Maine Memory Network and is working with the Maine Geographical Information Service, another example of a state government digital information resource, that will provide useful resources to students.

Other links:
Maine National History Day

Northeast Historic Film


Access tool for regional moving image collections. Reference by Mail (video loan service); Time Warner Road Runner, digitizes one new selection per month, 5-10 minutes; 23 digitized videos are available online so far. Educators with membership have great access. Students can do research and make documentaries.

Available to anyone who is interested. Teachers and students ever in mind.


Seeking teachers and students who will use and submit reviews of collecitons online.

“State of Maine Chamber of Commerce Needs Your Help”

Eric Chamberlin,

A WebQuest for 7th and 8th grade social studies by Eric Chamberlin, Boothbay Harbor, Apple Distinguished Educator and MLTI Regional Integration Mentor.
Maine WebQuest, fictitious families move to Maine. The purpose is to research towns in order to learn about the geography of the state. Profiles of families, research possibilities for where they should move. There is a rubric.

Teacher in Rockland was using it two weeks after it was created.

Other links:

Technology Integrators & Collaborators

John Robbins,

Students involved with oral history, bringing local history into the classroom and getting kids invested in it.

Harry Prout, the Prince of Parsnips, an 89-year-old root farmer. QuickTime video online. Science content. Pay scales incorporates math. Used Northeast Historic Film moving image content, The How and Why of Spuds.


Other Links:

Other Maine Content Social Studies Sites

Maine Native American History and Culture

Maine Folklife Center, Malecite and Passamaquoddy Tales

Native Languages of the Americas: Penobscot

University of Maine Hudson Museum
Penobscot Primer Project

University of Maine Hudson Museum
Tree and Tradition Exhibit, Brown Ash and Native American Basketmaking


Community History

Skowhegan, Maine, Local Heritage Project
Skowhegan Area Middle School, includes iMovies

Virtual Tour Museum Without Walls
Maine State Museum


CBC Archives Canadian Broadcasting Company audiovisual material. Search term “Maine” results in 600 hits.

ELM (Electronic Learning Marketplace) Assessments in Maine, a University of Southern Maine project

Maine Studies Student PageLake Region Middle School, includes Student and Teacher sections: syllabus, Maine Learning Results, virtual field trips, WebQuest information.

Martha Ballard’s Diary (Maine Midwife) Film Study Center, Harvard

Maine Folklife Center Exhibits Foodways, bean-hole beans

Resources for Maine Studies, Mt. Ararat Middle School, Barbara Greenstone


Roundtable II – Participant Roster

Ann Asbeck, Ph.D.
University of Maine College of Education and Human Development
Coordinator, Graduate Outreach Program.
Specialty Areas: curriculum & instruction, multicultural education.

Rick Barter
Conners Emerson School, Bar Harbor, MLTI regional integration mentor
A former classroom teacher, grades 4-8. Has been technology specialist in Bar Harbor (K-8) for the past 6 years, dealing with all aspects of educational technology from hardware, software, network, to working with staff and students in the integration of computer technology into curriculum. An iMovie user and fan. Currently MLTI RIM for Region 3 (Hancock County.)

Charles Calhoun
Maine Humanities Council
Charles Calhoun directs teacher professional development programs for the Maine Humanities Council in a variety of humanities subject areas, with heavy emphasis on content. He is project director of the NEH-funded “Longfellow and the Forging of American Identity,” a 2-year teacher
institute that includes a “Longfellow in the Classroom” module on the Maine Memory Network.

Frank Callanan
DiscoverME Technology Specialist
A Colby College grad and former Spanish teacher, Frank was a technology coordinator for 15 years, most recently in Camden/Rockport. Frank is passionate about the power of technology as a tool for teaching and learning, and for streamlining district management and communication.

Eric Chamberlin
Boothbay Region Elementary School, MLTI regional integration mentor
I have been teaching 8th grade Social Studies in Boothbay Harbor for 4 years. In that time I have been able to incorporate many forms of technology into my teaching. This has been aided by my involvement in the M.L.T.I. project as a Regional Integration Mentor. I recently took part in “Camp Apple” in California as part of the Apple Distinguished Educator program.

Mary Helene DuRoss
Education Manager, Maine Public Broadcasting

Sian Evans
Media producer, In the Old Days project
I have been writing, directing and producing films since 1974. Currently I am Supervising Producer on “Women At the Front”, a documentary about women journalists working in “hostile situations” and in Iraq in particular. Directed by Barbara Kopple for A&E, it will air in June 2004. Most of my film projects over the last 5 years have been multi-media and technology-dependent – with ancillary websites, exhibitions, books, etc. I am now developing a project-based learning system called “In The Old Days”, revolving around the living oral and visual history of Maine. This proposal is based on the technological collection/dissemination of history fragments by students, with the MLTI program in mind.

Craig Fisher
Owner/President, Kingfisher Productions, Inc.
I’ve spent fifty years in network television and professional media production as writer, director and producer. Much of that programming has been for children. A number of programs have focused on indigenous peoples, ranging from Soviet Siberia across Alaska and Canada to Greenland; in Australia, Peru and Chile, and Kenya. My last PBS special, for the American Experience, involved the tribes along the Upper-Missouri River. My programs have been honored with the Emmy, Peabody “for excellence in journalism,” Freedom Foundation Medallion, C.I.N.E., a UNICEF citation, and other national and international awards. Currently I am developing media projects to support LD 291.

James Francis
Wabanaki Studies Commission

Barbara Greenstone
Statewide Integration Mentor for the MLTI
I’ve been in education off and on since 1972 (30 years!) teaching mostly Language Arts at the upper elementary and middle school level. In the last 6 or 7 years I’ve been very involved with technology in education.

James S. Henderson
State Archivist
Maine State Archivist, administrative head of the State Archives. Directs Maine’s Historical Records Advisory Board, Northeast Historic Film board member. Ph.D. in political science from Emory University.

Janna Jones
University of South Florida, Communications
I am a university professor and my research focuses on cinematic culture and preservation. I am currently conducting research for a book about the cultural implications of moving image preservation. My book about movie theater preservation entitled The Southern Movie Palace: Rise, Fall, and Resurrection (University Press of Florida) was published in 2003.

Richard Kane
Filmmaker and educator in Sedgwick, Maine who spent 18 years in the Washington, D.C. area producing and directing films for government and corporate organizations. Of relevance to the Maine Technology Learning Initiative is his work with his partner Melody Lewis-Kane co-producing directing/editing ten videos for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts training teachers to use the arts in the curriculum. In addition, together they produced several arts advocacy videos for the Kennedy Center in use throughout the countries’ State Alliances for Arts Education. As early as 1978 Richard worked as an artist in residence at many public schools in Indiana under the direction of Melody who coordinated her school district’s arts-in-education program. That year, Richard was the recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission’s Artist Fellowship for his work as a documentary filmmaker and filmmaker in schools. Today, in addition to producing independent documentaries and freelancing as a sound mixer for Discovery, National Geographic, PBS and CBS, Richard is collaborating with the Union of Maine Visual Artists on the Maine Masters television series. Both he and Melody are now offering workshops for teachers called iMovie Across the Curriculum and have offered these workshops with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative most recently in Castine, ME as well as the Maine Arts Commission’s Maine Artist-Teacher Exchange in China Lake, ME.

Dan Kaplan
Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society

Jessica Kelly
DiscoverME Education Specialist
Jessica, a former Scarborough middle school teacher and graduate of USM’s American and New England Studies program and Extended Teacher Education Program, believes in the need to create powerful new resources for Maine studies teachers statewide.

Donna Loring
Penobscot Indian Nation representative to the Maine State Legislature
Penobscot Nation Coordinator of Tribal, State and International Relations. Sponsor of the state law, LD291, An Act to Require Teaching of Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine’s Schools.

Bette Manchester
Maine Dept of Education, MLTI director of professional development
Previously, Principal at Mt. Ararat Middle School, Topsham, Maine, and now the Director of staff development and content for the MLTI project. I am contracted through MSAD#75 to do this work.

Mark Neumann
Department of Communication, University of South Florida
Neumann moderated NHF’s Summer Film Symposium, “Toward Access, Interpretation, and Understanding.”

John M. Robbins
Technology Integrators & Collaborators, Bowdoinham, executive director
After teaching 7th grade science for 5 years in Maine, John is now founder and director of Technology Integrators & Collaborators, a non-profit organization established to facilitate education through new media technologies. Collaborating with educational organizations, TIC brings digital content to the web through integration workshops and web development for educators. John is also working on an oral history project for Merrymeeting Bay. In addition, John is a workshop facilitator for Apple & the MLTI project, as well as a Gates trainer.

Marko Schmitt
Marko taught high school and college English in New York City. He later founded a software company in Palo Alto, CA. which specialized in web based educational media for corporations in Silicon Valley. Marko and his wife, Dede, moved to Maine in 1999.

Diana Scully
Maine Indian Tribal State Commission

Karan Sheldon
Co-founder, Northeast Historic Film
Co-founder of Northeast Historic Film with David Weiss. Co-producer of From Stump to Ship: A 1930 Logging Film reconstruction and 22-site outreach program for the University of Maine Orono. Served as co-chair for the Committee on the U.S. National Moving Image Preservation Plans, advising the Library of Congress. Working with NHF staff and advisors on programs relating to NHF’s expanded educational programs.

Maureen Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Native American Studies Program, University of Maine, Orono
Academic areas of interest include racial identity reconstruction by others; stereotyping, particularly of American Indians; effective multicultural education for preservice teachers; American Indian children’s learning strengths utilizing cultural component; problems and promises of assessment of Native children; effective advising and counseling of high school and college students of color; affects of the American Indian boarding schools on American Indian identity; and effects of legislated multicultural education and teacher response.

Kurt Stoll
Executive Director, Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Maine Music Box project
Executive Director of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, a not-for-profit organization, located in Blue Hill, Maine. Its mission is to collect, preserve and lend printed music, and to provide music education programs. The Library is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. Kurt was a flight operations officer and vice president ground services for Swissair for over 25 years. In 1995 he and his wife Verena moved to Maine. The Maine Music Box is his idea. Because of the complexity of the project, the Library teamed up with the University of Maine. The project is soon approaching its half-time.

Dwight Swanson
Archivist, Northeast Historic Film
Graduate of L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, George Eastman House. Also M.A. in American Studies, B.A. in History. Expertise in research on historic photographs and authors leading to the development of digital collections; bibliographic searches in OCLC, MUMS and CARL databases and the World Wide Web. Indexed more than 2,000 videotapes and films using FileMaker Pro software, developed indexing system for CD-ROM databases of historic prints and photographs, indexed approximately 15,000 prints and photographs using ARGUS and ImageBASE automated systems.

Mandie Victor
Orland Consolidated School, Social Studies
I am a 7/8 teacher of Social Studies and Literature at Orland Consolidated School. I am involved with MLTI as the Social Studies Content Leader for Hancock County as well as the Teacher Leader for my school. I am hoping to delve into the world of inquiry with my class as we ask the question: Will you stay in Maine? There will be several sub-questions to inquire about such as: What is a true Mainer? (cultures and people found throughout Maine including Natives, art, government) How will the construction of the bridge impact our economy? I hope to have students create documentaries which will include footage from NHF. I would like to weave into our inquiry topics from around the world. This unit continues to be under construction.