Today’s post comes from Stephanie Greenhut, Education Technology Specialist, in the Education and Public Programs division.
Using the app, you can choose a topic, such as “Civics & Government” or “Postwar U.S. 1945 – early 1970s,” and challenge yourself with a DocsTeach activity to interact with stories, events, and ideas of the past. All activities are based on primary source documents from the holdings of the National Archives, such as the U.S. Constitution, the canceled check for the purchase of Alaska, and Thomas Edison’s patent drawing for the light bulb. The activities were created by the National Archives education team and an army of DocsTeach users.
On the DocsTeach website, you can discover thousands of primary sources and learning activities related to history and government. Since the National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives launched DocsTeach.org for the education community in September 2010, over 15,000 teachers, parents, and school administrators have joined. As registered users, they can borrow from and modify an ever-expanding collection of activities, and create new ones using the online tools. DocsTeach activities help their students practice historical thinking by: focusing on details, making connections, finding a sequence, mapping history, weighing the evidence, and seeing the big picture. Once teachers have logged into DocsTeach.org, they can create one or more classrooms full of activities, then share the classrooms’ auto generated codes with students to access through the DocsTeach App on their iPads.
To see how “Classroom Codes” work, try the American Revolution classroom we created with activities that support the exhibition Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, currently on display at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, through May 6. After downloading the app to your iPad, enter code fnv926!