November 29, 2015

Integrating Technology: Linking Primary Sources to Literature


This is a guest post by Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. It is always a pleasure when I can connect my love of books with my love of history, seasoned with technology.  One favorite tool is ThingLink, which allows you to take a picture and embed links to other types of media within the picture.  I live in Montana and most of my students are more familiar with country music than jazz music. So how do I … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Primary Source Analysis & Annotation with ThingLink


ThingLink is an online tool that allows you to layer images and videos with text, web links, and other media files. Most digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, including most text documents, are saved as image files so ThingLink is a great tool for analyzing and annotating primary sources directly on the sources themselves. ThingLink is really easy to use. Check it out yourself by watching this YouTube video tutorial created by Dierdre Shetler for Cartwright School District … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Linking the Learner to Learning

Technology integration in the social studies classroom

Can an article from 2009 really be useful in helping educators think about the pedagogy of integrating technology with primary source learning? The answer is absolutely! To learn why and how, read the TPS Journal article Technology Integration and Primary Sources: Linking the Learner to Learning written by Peggy O'Neill-Jones, Director of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and Michelle Pearson, a social studies … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Using Skitch & Evernote to Analyze Images


This is a guest post from Kerry Gallagher, a Technology Integration Specialist at St. John's Prep, a 1:1 iPad school serving grades 6-12, and former middle and high school history teacher. We learn about the lives of our friends partly through the images they share with us on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Similarly, students can learn about history by piecing together clues from primary source images, acting as investigators who analyze events. When students … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: TPS Journal

TPS Journal

Dig deep into a variety of teaching with primary sources topics. The TPS Journal, formerly titled the TPS Quarterly, is an online, peer-reviewed publication focused on pedagogical approaches to teaching with Library of Congress digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. Each issue provides sections related to the issue's thematic focus: a feature article, an elementary primary source activity, a secondary primary source activity, a teacher spotlight highlighting primary source learning in the … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Poetry 180

Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is a project of two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2002-2003) Billy Collins. The Poetry Foundation describes Mr. Collins, "Dubbed 'the most popular poet in America' by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself." In an October, 2002 webcast discussing Poetry 180, Mr. Collins described his vision to … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library


Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Everyday Mysteries

Everyday Mysteries

If you're looking for some fun science facts to intrigue and delight your elementary students, head over to the Everyday Mysteries section of This part of the Library of Congress website gives answers to many of life's most interesting scientific questions, all of which were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services. You can search for topics on the homepage or browse archived questions and answers by … [Read more...]

Tech Tools: Primary Source Analysis with Padlet

Primary source analysis with Padlet

Padlet is a digital bulletin board in which you can pin comments and ideas in the form of text, documents, images, videos and more. In the video tutorial below we show how Padlet can be used to allow students to collaborate on a primary source analysis. Please let us know if you use Padlet with students for collaborative primary source analyses. Custom background image containing primary source analysis tool columns Primary source analysis question prompts for numerous primary … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Creating a Google Custom Search Engine

TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus Google Custom Search Engine

Do you have a class website or web page? If you do and you love Library of Congress primary sources as much as we do, here's a way you can provide your students with direct access to all the fantastic resources compiled on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog. Simply add a custom Google search engine to your website or web page. It's really quite easy and only takes a few steps as you will see when you watch this great, quick video tutorial by Richard Byrne of Free … [Read more...]