It’s Cyber Monday…but it’s also the first day back to school after Thanksgiving for students and teachers. Teachers, if you’re having trouble shaking off the post-Thanksgiving funk, then consider checking out History Tech, a WordPress blog I follow. This one about six free ebooks for students from the Library of Congress is a good example of some nice content from this resource.
As more and more schools are moving away from paper textbooks and materials, teachers are working to answer the obvious question:
where can I find digital resources appropriate for kids?
If you and your building are using Mac computers or IOS devices such as iPads or iPods, at least part of the answer is the Library of Congress. The folks over there recently released six free iBooks that can be quickly downloaded and are perfect for having students interact with primary source evidence.
The Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Based on the Library’s Primary Source Sets, these new iBooks have built-in interactive tools that let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis.
(Aren’t an Apple school? The LOC is still an awesome place to find online…
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