Three Good Resources for Teaching With Primary Sources
Im currently developing a new version of my popular online course,
Teaching History With Technology (you can see a preview last years course.
here). Part of that procedure has actually been revisiting collections of main sources and some of the tools that I recommend for teaching lessons based on primary sources. Here are three of the numerous resources that Im including in the course..
World Digital Library.
World Digital Library is a resource that I started using back in 2009. At that time it was just a small collection of about 1,200 digitized primary source artifacts from libraries all over the world. Today, the World Digital Library hosts more than 19,000 digitized main source artifacts to download and see. You can browse the WDL by date, era, nation, continent, subject, and type of resource. My preferred method to check out the WDL is by browsing through the interactive maps that are available when you click on the world icon in the websites header. The WDL intends to be available to as many individuals as possible by providing search tools and content descriptions in numerous languages.
Digital Public Library of America.
The Digital Public Library of America is a good location to locate main source files to use in your history lessons. The DPLA provides more than.
100 primary source document sets that are arranged by subject and time duration in United States history. Depending upon the time period the DPLA main source sets include files, illustrations, maps, photographs, and film clips.
Whats the Difference Between a Primary and a Secondary Source?
If youre looking for a good video description of the differences in between secondary and primary sources, the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center uses this good and succinct description for trainees.
Part of that process has actually been reviewing collections of primary sources and some of the tools that I recommend for teaching lessons based on primary sources. Historic Scene InvestigationsHistorical Scene Investigation contains thirteen cases in which trainees examine “hints” found in primary sources in order to form a conclusion to each investigation. HSI supplies students with “case files” on which they tape-record the evidence they find in the main source documents and images they are supplied. At that time it was just a little collection of about 1,200 digitized main source artifacts from libraries around the world. Today, the World Digital Library hosts more than 19,000 digitized primary source artifacts to download and view.
Historical Scene InvestigationsHistorical Scene Investigation includes thirteen cases in which students evaluate “ideas” discovered in main sources in order to form a conclusion to each examination. For example, when it comes to The Boston Massacre trainees have to decide if justice was served. HSI provides students with “case files” on which they tape the proof they find in the primary source files and images they are offered. HSI provides design templates for trainees to utilize to tape observations from the evidence
HSI is produced by College of William & & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program. My video overview of HSI is.
readily available here.