The New DocsTeach App for iPad!

Today’s post comes from Stephanie Greenhut, Education Technology Specialist, in the Education and Public Programs division.

Today we announced the release of the DocsTeach App for iPad, extending the dynamic learning opportunities available from the website to iPad users.

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.

Find and use activities

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 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, 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!

Ben Franklin Classroom activities

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One Response to The New DocsTeach App for iPad!

  1. Anna Harris says:

    I used newer version 1.2 of this “DocsTeach app” which is a load faster than older as well as gives good supports. At last, I got government-related activities for what I was looking since last few days.


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