Posts Tagged ‘Ebooks’
Posted June 22, 2015on:
- Japanese American Internment
- Political Cartoons and The American Debate
- Women’s Suffrage
The new ebooks and the 9 previously published ebooks support commonly taught curriculum topics; they will be helpful for teachers supporting learning with primary sources in a 1:1classroom or for whole group inquiry and engaged learning. Library of Congress Teachers Page sets complement the primary source sets on the same topics.
- Read about one teacher’s experience using the Cosmos ebook and how to download and install them a the March/April Internet@Schools article The New Media Center: Making Learning Interactive .
- Primary Source sets that complement and support the Ebooks.
- June 15 Library of Congress Blog Post announcement
- Descriptions of all Ebook sets
- Earlier blog posts: Students Discovery Sets ~ Making Learning Interactive Part I
Last September I introduced the recently published Student Discovery Sets from the Library of Congress. These ebooks are collections of primary source sets designed to provide interactive, inquiry learning while introducing students to primary sources on common curricular topics. I was curious about how teachers and media specialists are using these hands-on materials in their classrooms. Tom Bober, a school media specialist in Missouri shared his experiences with elementary students in his blog and for “Making Learning Interactive,” the NEW Media Center column in March/April Internet at Schools.
When Tom Bober was looking for resources to help 5th grade students understand a science topic, he used Understanding the Cosmos, an ebook primary source set from the Library of Congress. The Missouri media specialist realized students didn’t understand different models of the solar system; he thought specific examples depicted in primary sources would help them better grasp selected geocentric models. He downloaded the ebooks to iPads and assigned each student a specific primary source to examine. They marked and annotated the image using built-in tools and recorded handwritten notes on paper copies f of the Library’s Primary Source Analysis Tool. Continue reading about Bober’s experiences, downloading the ebooks, and other ideas for using these and other resources for elementary students.
Primary sources like these offer engaging learning opportunities for classrooms. Learn how!
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)