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Primary Sources - Overview

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NCSS Presentation - November  12, 2009 - Atlanta, Georgia



The Library of Congress American Memory website now has over 11 million free and accessible digitized primary sources. Primary source analysis can advance higher-level thinking such as critical thinking, problem solving, observing, inferring, or comparing and contrasting. Additionally, primary sources encourage inquiry-based learning. How do educators take primary source-based instruction to the next level and allow their students to interact with primary sources using today's technology? Web 2.0 is about collaboration and community. Primary Sources 2.0 reviews wikis, blog, and other collaboration tools to examine their application to primary source and inquiry-based learning.



After attending this presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Search and discover the primary sources available on the American Memory website
  2. Analyze primary sources using various media formats
  3. Assemble resources in an Annotated Resource Set
  4. Examine ways to use primary sources in an inquiry learning activity
  5. Discuss and explain Web 2.0 technologies and their use in the instructional process
  6. Create a collaborative, primary source-based learning activity using Web 2.0 tools


What you will learn

By attending this session, you will learn:

  1. The difference between a primary and secondary source
  2. Instructional strategies for using primary sources in instruction
  3. How to access and use various primary source media formats, e.g., movies, audio, maps, images
  4. How to combine primary sources with Web 2.0 tools to facilitate critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry learning
  5. How to create a collaborative space for learning using Web 2.0 tools


Overview - Agenda Teaching with Primary Sources - Accessing and Using Primary Sources Collaborating, Inquiring, Investigating, Learning


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