Did You Participate in Digital Day?

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comp2This week was a great virtual event called Digital Day.  I viewed several on-line events but one of the most impressive was from the Library of Congress.  The information below was shared during that session and I believe you will find it invaluable.

Library of Congress Toolkit

The Library of Congress (the Library) offers the nation’s teachers and students a treasure trove of free online historical artifacts, learning activities, teaching tools, and professional development that allows them to bring the world’s history and culture to life.

LOC.gov. The Library’s website provides free online access to tens of millions of digitized primary sources covering centuries of human history and culture. From ancient manuscripts to Dust Bowl photographs, from Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Edison’s films, it’s all available and easy to search.

The Library’s Teachers Page. The Library’s online home for educators, with curated collections of the best Library primary sources for teachers, along with tools and training that make it easier to integrate sources effectively into curricula.

Free Classroom Materials. More than 100 teacher-tested lesson plans and teaching activities built around the Library’s online primary source collections, all of which are searchable by Common Core and state content standards.

Professional Development for Teachers. Self-directed online training modules and customizable professional development activities can help teachers build their skills at teaching with primary sources. Also, teachers can learn about summer institutes and other face-to-face professional development opportunities.

Teaching with the Library’s Blog and Twitter Account (@TeachingLC). The Library’s social media channels bring ready-to-use teaching ideas, great primary sources, news, and relevant discussions to teachers and school librarians.

Chronicling America. This unparalleled collection of digitized newspapers from 1836–1922 provides a rich window into daily life and major historic events.

World Digital Library. Explore historical artifacts and documents from around the globe in multiple languages.

Congress.gov. This site is the official online source for U.S. legislative information.

Read.gov. This site encourages students to explore new worlds: Read!


Explore the Library of Congress and discover the resources available for your instruction.

Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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