This morning I attended a session about searching the resources of the Library of Congress. The session was intended to show people some of the newer changes to the Library of Congress website. The most obvious and significant change is the replacement of the “learner” page with a “teachers” page. The teachers page is arranged thematically with links to lesson plans, special collections, and primary source sets. In addition theses new collections and lesson plans, the LOC is developing a set of self-directed professional development tutorials. The purpose of the tutorials is to help teachers develop their knowledge of and skills for teaching with primary sources. Not all of the modules are live yet, but they should be live in time for the new school year this fall.
Applications for Education
The collections on the Library of Congress website are still a bit cumbersome to navigate, but the new(er) teachers’ page is an improvement toward making it more accessible to teachers.
Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Library of Congress is Now on YouTube
Library of Congress at Work – Great Interview
American Memory Historical Maps