If you spend any time here at all, you know that I love all things history and techy. But there are a few things that I love above all others.
Google stuff, especially Google Earth.
The National Archives, especially DocsTeach.
Video games and mobile apps, especially iPad tools.
But I’m also a huge fan of the Library of Congress, especially their Web 2.0 tools. And they just started a brand new blog.
Titled Teaching with the Library of Congress, it specifically targets teachers like you.
It’s just in its first week but the idea seems like a natural:
Analyzing primary sources is a powerful way to engage students, and helps them build their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.
To unlock that power, the Library offers teachers a wide range of resources, from classroom materials to professional development opportunities. These all can be found at the Library’s site for Teachers.
But we at the Library know that the most innovative ideas usually emerge through conversations with educators. Teaching with the Library of Congress will be one space for that conversation to take place.
This will be a place where Library staff can informally present teaching strategies, highlights from the collections, and the latest on new programs and teaching resources. At the same time, we hope it will be a forum where teachers share experiences, exchange ideas, provide feedback on what the Library has to offer, and take the conversation on teaching with primary sources into new territory.
Whether you’re an expert at working with the Library’s primary sources or you’re just discovering them for the first time, your voice is needed here.