Was catching up on my online reading over the weekend and had the pleasure of spending some time over at David Warlick’s 2 Cents Worth site. He wrote about a presentation he was able to sit in on last week that highlighted some interesting teacher resources.

One that David mentioned caught my eye and I came away impressed with its potential to help teachers bring digital images into their classrooms. And in case some of you haven’t had a chance to get over to David’s site (and if you haven’t, why not? His site is a must have for your reading list), I would like to pass it on.

Calisphere houses a wide variety of images from the mid 1800s to the 1970s with suggested teaching ideas and related resources. The site is sponsored by the University of California using images from the California Digital Library and focuses on the history of California. But I see a lot of overlap usage by US history teachers around the country.

Calisphere divides its images into broad time periods with specific topics listed within those periods. For instance, the period of 1939-1945 provides images on Life on the Home Front, the Bracero program and Japanese American Internment. Each section has a selection of images, guiding questions, background information and image evaluation materials. Pretty sweet stuff!

One way you might use the images at Calisphere is by applying the Three Story Media Analysis strategy.

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All good stuff! Thanks, David, for the heads-up on Calisphere. One more tool in my toolkit!