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DPLA Primary Source Sets


Just in time for instructional planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) reminds us that their 100 Primary Source Sets were designed  to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture. If you work with middle or high school learners, you’re going to love these sets created by the teachers from […]

In on the joke: Political cartoons and the election


We want our kids to be in on the joke. As I mentioned last time around (or in 2012), presidential elections present ultimate, authentic teachable moments, opportunities for us to exploring a variety of literacies with learners at all levels. Political cartoons are everywhere. These powerful little works of editorial art and sharp, nuanced thinking […]

Shakespeare Documented


This year marks the 400 anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. One way to celebrate this significant commemoration is to explore Shakespeare Documented, the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources surrounding the life and career of William Shakespeare.  A collaboration among more than 30 partners including the Bodleian Libraries at […]

Ben’s Guide relaunches

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In collaboration with our own AASL, the Government Printing Office just updated and redesigned its Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. This new portal is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. Mobile friendly, the website […]

New from the National Constitution Center: an Interactive Constitution

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It’s Constitution Day and the National Constitution Center just launched an Interactive Constitution, perfect for high school and university study. The podcast announcement, hosted by Jeffrey Rosen, the Center’s president and CEO,  celebrates the launch and offers detailed project background on the project. The three-year project, currently covers the first 15 Amendments and invites students […]

Old Maps on new devices

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Teachers and lovers of history and geography are going to love this new app. Old Maps, available for iPhone, iPad or any Android device through Google Play, allows mobile access to more than 250,000 high resolution, historical maps from the 15th to the 20th century, from across the world.  Only a few years ago, we […]

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

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Now through March, the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a partnership involving the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums and other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 community, offer an exciting series of free programs for students. Designed for grades 6 through 12, the programs created by ten historic sites and libraries, […]

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


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 […]