Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom “Democracy Starts Here” (available at www.archives.gov, and at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n3ZZ-UpiR4)
National Archives Education Program Two Primary Objectives 1.) To provide educators with engaging methods and materials for teaching with primary source documents. 2.) To provide students, families, and other members of the general public with compelling learning experiences that involve primary sources. For more information see: www.archives.gov/nae/education/
National Archives Education Program Components On-site and off-site programs, Publications, Summer institutes for teachers, “Teaching with Documents” articles, Videoconferences, On-site Learning Center ReSource Room Learning Lab www.DocsTeach.org
www.DocsTeach.org Project was guided by a set of beliefs What students can learn by working with primary sources goes far beyond historical content. What kids say about the best software is what they say about the best teachers. Our project goal shouldn’t be the suite of tools that we could create.— but rather, the value of the learning outcomes that the tools might help students achieve.
DocsTeach Features More than 3,500 searchable historical documents in a variety of media; Seven tools based on cognitive behaviors; Sample activities that utilize the tools and feature documents; and The ability for users of the site to create and share their own activities. www.DocsTeach.org
Launch of DocsTeachIn late September 2010 . . .We invited members of the history education community to a demonstration of the site and asked for their help in alerting teachers.We wrote a press release, created a rack card, and have been promoting it via Facebook, Twitter, and at professional conferences.
Reaction to DocsTeach # Users # Activities Twitter Quotes “Brilliant” “Phenomenal” Blog Posts
Conclusion We hope the DocsTeach site might empower teachers to help their students to learn content and develop such skills as: Asking good questions. Uncovering elusive evidence Drawing valid conclusions; and Effectively sharing lessons learned. We also hope that the site will attract users who are not necessarily teachers, inspiring life long learning!
Contact InformationLee Ann PotterDirector of Education and Volunteer ProgramsU.S. National Archives700 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20408 USAleeann.firstname.lastname@example.org