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Case Study: Telling Stories of Artifacts – The Raised Fist Afro Comb

The world we are living in is saturated with objects. Marie Kondo, who became a global sensation for helping people declutter, just goes to show that there is just too much stuff around us. We often take these objects and artifacts for granted, rarely inquiring into their origin story. One of the great things about hunting for artifacts is that the stories of most artifacts are usually not told. We often know about an artifact’s significance or importance but its origin story is often obscure or not really talked about.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Lee Henry, Scriptwriter

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Scriptwriter, Lee Henry who has been at the company for four years! He discussed how he got his role at Makematic, his responsibilities as a scriptwriter, and much more.Read More

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Why We Need To Keep Telling Women’s Untold Stories: Makematic Behind-The-Scenes Vlog

Another month, another vlog, and this time Tara Walsh hosted the vlog with some special guests all the way from the U.S! In episode 15, Tara chatted with two co-producers from the Women & the American Story and Untold stories to discuss why we need to keep telling Untold stories.Read More

The Untold Pitch Competition Winners

As you know, we’ve been running an Untold Pitch Competition with a group of students from California. If you don’t know about it, we suggest catching up on this blog to see all the entries and what the Pitch Competition is all about.

We had over 40 entries, to begin with, and we managed to cut it down to 12 shortlisted entries. It was tough bringing it down to 12, but even tougher to select 5 winners. In order to decide the winners, a 50/50 voting process was implemented. 50% of the vote was through social media. The other 50% was by the Pitch competition judges.

Thanks to this it made our jobs a whole lot easier to announce the winners.Read More

The Pitch Competition: Meet The Judges

Over the past six months, we have been reaching out to students, asking them to develop their own videos on the moments in history that mean the most to them. The judging of these submissions is two-fold – public vote and expert judging panel.Read More

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The Untold Pitch Competition

It’s here. We’re excited to share with you the Untold Pitch Competition!

Over the last few months, we’ve been hosting workshops with a group of students from two different schools in California: High Tech High School and Huntington Beach High School.Read More

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Our Partnership with Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC)

‘People needed to know the history of our state (which was half of the stories we told). The other half want to honor our history as a region so others in our state/nation would know our untold story.’ Kimberly Sergent

In 2020, Makematic and the Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement teamed up with the non-profit educational cooperative KVEC (Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative) to create two series for the growing history and civics collection Untold.Read More

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Why Untold History Matters

Recently, there has been a wave of efforts to diversify the history we learn about in the classroom.Read More

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Case Study: Teaching U.S. History Through Media, Design & Art

Did you know that in 2014, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted a survey on history and civics education? They found that 18% of 8th graders were proficient in US History. Pretty disappointing statistic right?

Here’s what one teacher is doing to change that.

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Learning on TikTok: Makematic Behind-The-Scenes Vlog

In this vlog, we’re learning about TikTok. We know the platform; some love it, some hate it, and some refused to download the platform at the start of lockdown last year because it was a platform “for kids”. Guilty. But now, I love the platform and learn so much from it.Read More

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Factual Accuracy in Videos: What We Do

At Makematic, we always strive to create engaging, fun, educational content, but we also wish to educate and inform the viewer. Ultimately, it’s all about finding the right balance, and for our factual productions, this means we need to make sure everything said and shown on-screen is correct. Here are some ways we ensure our videos are factually accurate.Read More

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