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Primary Sources, Where have you been? Why have I never used primary sources?  I didn’t use them because I didn’t know where to find the resources. I never considered all of the possibilities.

Primary sources are all around us and accessible to all of us through vast digital collections.   Each time I engage with students in Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources I learn and am inspired by the wonderful and creative ideas students share.

Learn how to locate authentic digital primary sources in multiple formats to enhance your curriculum. Develop age appropriate learning activities that promote higher level questioning and critical thinking skills while adding excitement to student learning through engaging activities. The course is especially helpful for teachers of AP classes, teachers addressing state and national standards requiring the use of primary sources, and teachers working with National History Day activities. Materials fromTPS Direct, the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources professional development program, will be incorporated in the class.


The next class begins Sept 21; I’d love to have  you join us in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Professional Development Program.

Digital Classroom: Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources |   Student Comments



It seems like “everyone” I talk to these days is taking online classes,  teaching online, or  wanting to know more about online learning.  I’ve been honored this summer  to work and learn with a practicum student in the elearning program offered by the  University of Wisconsin-Stout.   This final course in the 5 taught program is by  program advisor Dennis O’Connor.

Practicum in teaching online with a cooperating online instructor. Application of online pedagogy and technology evaluated through observation, discussion and reflections. Completion of a professional development plan and an e-portfolio of evidence of attainment of online learning standards. (Note: The practicum may only be taken after all other courses for the Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching are completed.)

This course provides a mentored online teaching experience for participants who have completed the first four courses in the Certificate program. Graduates of the certificate program will have real time experience in e-learning and online teaching.

Visit Dennis O’Connor’s Keyword Blog: 21st Century Information Fluency


In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  With the beginning of each new school year,  media specialists have a chance to start fresh.

Innovations and Opportunities for Media Specialists is your opportunity to  get recharged and energized to deliver a media program that has an integral role in today’s changing education environment. The course focuses on examination of current critical issues facing the media profession. Topics include understanding, surviving, and impacting change, program advocacy, data collection and becoming a leader in technology integration.

Activities include harnessing the power of Google, applying innovative web 2.0 technology tools to support engaged student learning, and examining online professional development options for your staff. Participants will complete practical course projects that meet the unique needs of their own professional growth and their media program.

Media specialists just beginning their careers and those currently in the field will gain new ideas to apply in daily work and program development.

It’s been a tough year for many media specialists, but there is still work to do and much to learn. I’d love to have  you join the discussion.   Mary Alice

Learn more about this course | Read comments from past students

The next class begins January 25, 2010.
You will get recharged and reenergized!

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