May 25, 2016

Tech Tool: Sheet Music Scanner

Music is such a powerful primary source and can really help us connect to and engage with a person or an event. The Library of Congress is full of digital music resources, including numerous sheet music collections and items.  But what to do if you would like to hear the music but cannot play an instrument yourself? Well, finally, there's an app for that! Thanks to Library of Congress Teacher in Residence Tom Bober for uncovering this wonderful tool! Currently the Sheet Music Scanner app is only … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Creating a Google Form for Primary Source Analysis

This is a guest post from Kelly Grotrian, an American History teacher at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Google Forms is a great tool to use for student primary source analysis because it provides a single point of access for multiple sources and efficiently collates student responses into a spreadsheet which you can use to evaluate work and inform your instruction. Here is how to start using Google Forms (new version) with a primary source analysis … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Primary Source Analysis using Google Forms

This is a guest post from Kelly Grotrian, an American History teacher at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Far and away my favorite Google App for Education is Google Forms. Forms allows you to present a variety of primary sources to students in an organized fashion and to collect data on the analysis of those sources to inform your instruction. Google Forms also allow learners to work at their own pace, which is something that my students enjoy because they have the … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Printing High Quality Black & White Primary Source Images

Here is very simple tip from TPS-Barat for printing high-quality black & white or sepia images that we use in our in-person workshops: ask the print shop to use a color printer to print the black and white images and print them on business-card card stock. And don't forget to ask if they have educator discounts! For more information on saving high-quality images, check out Using Sources: Saving High Resolution Images. … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Saving High Resolution Images

Many images from the Library of Congress are available in several formats: lower resolution JPEG (.jpg), higher resolution JPEG (.jpg too but a larger file size) and TIFF (.tif). TIFF files are the largest and, therefore, the highest resolution files. TIFF files are often crucial to focus on analyzing small text or other details in primary source cartoons and images. To facilitate student analysis of TIFF files and to save limited network drive space, you can save these files as PDF (.pdf) … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]