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Getting intimate with primary sources: A new seres of iBooks from the LOC

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If you love or teach with primary sources, and if you’ve got a few iPads around the classroom, you’re going to be pretty happy. The Library of Congress announced and launched the first titles in its series of free Student Discovery Sets. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and [...]

Yale Photogrammar revitalizes and adds new context to the FSA-OWI images

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Last week I was so excited to discover the Internet Archive Book Images project.  Yesterday (also via @infodocket) I discovered Photogrammar– a digital humanities project from Yale University. Exploiting Library of Congress metadata, the Photogrammar team created a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the [...]

Commencement: What do the speeches teach us?

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If you are connected to a university, you’ve likely already gotten your annual dose of inspiration. If you are connected to a high school, you are either awaiting that traditional commencement moment, or preparing for it. Commencement speeches are also interesting to study. They are primary sources.  They are models for learning about rhetoric.  And [...]

The GPO expands free eBook access

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Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]

Searching Google for contemporaneous news

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A few years back, I mourned the loss of Google’s New Timeline. I still miss that beautiful visual presentation, but you can still use Google News to search contemporaneous news. Contemporaneous news offers students unfiltered, personal connection to the past and forces them to wrestle with issues of bias and historical perspective. Contemporaneous news focuses a media literacy [...]

Celebrating interactive scaffolds

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Even with all those media-rich, glittery new resources out there, I find that I often return to some basics–a few simple, older and newer interactive tools for teaching and learning. Here’s an eclectic list of some handy interactive stand-bys: Primary Sources The powerful, one-page, interactive LOC Primary Source Analysis Tool allows users to choose the [...]

Looking closely at inaugural addresses

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This week many of us will take the timely opportunity to study an important primary source–the Inaugural Address. The New York Times offers a fascinating interactive timeline of word clouds, summaries, and full-text documents. (I suspect today’s address will be posted shortly.) The timeline takes a look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses. The [...]

The LC does CCSS

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Earlier this week, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, announced that it has made its already fabulous  teaching resources–designed to inspire analysis, critical thinking, and the value of working with primary sources–more findable for teachers by aligning them to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s all free and available through a new [...]

UN History Project launched

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Earlier this month, Harvard University’s Department of History announced the launch of the United Nations History Project. Supported by the United Nations Foundation, in cooperation with the Harvard Asia Center and the Joint Center for History and Economics, the site aggregates a wealth of materials for researching and teaching the history of the United Nations [...]

EUscreen debuts

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Your history and language teachers will be very interested in the recently launched EUscreen. The new multimedia, multilingual portal reaches back to the early 1900s and offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. The About page describes the need for this collaborative project: Although audiovisual content [...]