National Archives: DocsTeach
DocsTeach Web site
DocsTeach harnesses the vast resources of the National Archives and empowers educators with a flight of online tools to apply primary resources in the classroom.
DocsTeach provides a little alchemy in the classroom. Taking the rich, primary source documents available from the National Archives, this Web site bridges educators, archival materials, and the classroom.
Thousands of hand-selected, historic documents, organized by era, are made available for educators to use as teaching aids. American history is captured with a media repertoire that contains written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio, and video. The site provides immediate access to these documents and then takes it a level deeper. Educators are allowed to draw from this palette of documents to create online activities for classroom usage. These activities throw the light-switch on otherwise murky historical subjects, and students will find their interest sustained with the attention-grabbing graphics and interface. Behind the scenes, simple online tools make the activities easy to create and easy to share, both in the classroom and with other educators. Activities can be done in class, but they can also be assigned as homework. For busy teachers, there is a repository of readymade activities.
DocsTeach amplifies the teaching experience with an unprecedented level of integration between historic documents and the classroom. This collaborative project opens the National Archives vaults in valuable and surprising ways, simultaneously opening the window on history for young students.
Press & Awards“National Archives Launches DocsTeach.org,” Macworld, Ramu Nagappan, September 21, 2010
Teachers, students, and U.S. history buffs take note: the National Archives has a new site for exploring its rich holdings. DocsTeach.org brings to life thousands of primary source documents like maps, photographs, letters, charts, audio, and video. You can browse the material, or use customizable, interactive learning tools to deepen the experience.“National Archives Puts 3,000 Historic Documents Online,” Federal Computer Week, Alice Lipowicz, September 21, 2010
The site includes several online tools to help students develop critical thinking about history, along with puzzles, maps and flow charts, and allows teachers to share lessons they have developed with the material.“The National Archives Go Digital,” TMCnet Education Technology, Tracey E. Schelmetic, September 21, 2010
History buffs and teachers are in for a treat, thanks to the U.S. National Archives...historians both amateur and professional and students of history can get a glimpse into the National Archives via using just their Web browsers.
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