Student Disovery Sets: Ebooks from the Library of Congress
Posted September 29, 2014on:
I’m excited to see the new Student Discovery Sets from the Library of Congress Teachers Page and available free through Itunes/IBooks.
Teachers familiar with the Library’s Primary Source Sets will recognize the topics and set organization. They will be excited about the interactive capabilities the 6 eBook sets provide. Teachers new to these resources will quickly see the possibilities enhancing teaching and learning. Students can individually view primary source photos, maps and documents, and listen to audio. They can engage with the artifacts by zooming or simply tapping on the image to draw or analyze. Analysis prompts use the familiar Observe, Reflect, Question and Investigate prompts and a place to write. Analysis notes can be copied/pasted into other apps; screenshots of images or drawings images can be saved to photos for future use.
Each set includes a page with a thumbnail version of the primary source and citations. The Teachers Guides that have teaching ideas and additional resources are not included in the eBook versions of the sets, but remain available through The Teachers Page version.
These new eBooks escalate LOC Classroom Materials to a different level, providing intuitive, engaging learning opportunities for students to learn individually following teacher introduction. They are easy to find in the iBooks Store; simply search for Student Discovery Sets. Learn more or access the ebooks directly at www.loc.gov/teachers/student-discovery-sets/.
The six sets offer learning activities for all ages and a variety of content areas.
- ’The Dust Bowl
- Symbols of the United States
- Understanding the Cosmos
- The Constitution
- The Harlem Renaissance
Free Ebooks from the Library of Congress Put History in Students’ Hands, Teachers Page Blog Post, September 2014.
Classroom Ready Materials on the Library of Congress Teachers Page, Internet@Schools September 2013.
More about Primary Source Sets and other materials for teachers.
Making Learning Interactive (The New Media Center, Column, Internet @ Schools, March/April 2015)