October 18, 2018

Integrating Tech: Capturing an Oral History

Capturing an Oral HistoryOral histories help us to understand people and communities, giving personal and cultural context to history. Capturing an oral history is not difficult as long as you prepare for the interview in advance.Preparing for the InterviewStudents should conduct research to know the context for terms, events, and people linked to the social and historical events being explored. Students should generate interview questions in advance. The interview team should … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks

The Civil War Glass Negatives collection provides access to about 7,000 views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath, many by Mathew Brady (biographical note) and Alexander Gardner.Taking photographs during the Civil War was a complex, time-consuming process difficult to master in a studio setting and even more difficult when working outdoors.Photographers mixed their own chemicals and prepared their own wet plate glass negatives. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Teaching Ideas for Different Primary Source Types

The Fall Issue of the TPS Quarterly is out and the featured article--"Beyond Typescript and Photographs: Using Primary Sources in Different Formats"--provides teaching ideas for using different primary source types in learning activities. Read the article to get tips on using handwritten manuscripts; posters, prints, and drawings; motion pictures; oral histories; historic sheet music and sound recordings; and maps. For more ideas related to specific primary source types, take a look at these … [Read more...]

Tech Tips & Tutorials

In the Tech Tips & Tutorials category, we will show how to use technology to support primary source teaching and learning. If you have something that you do or would like to do to marry technology and primary sources, please let us know!Post a comment or contact PSN. … [Read more...]