+ Summer Update: Resources from the Library of Congress

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Here is the latest email update from the Library of Congress 


The Library of Congress has provided a new experience for those visiting the Library. Interactive technologies make the Library of Congress and its collections more dynamic and accessible than ever.

This Library of Congress Experience offers “hands-on” interaction with rare cultural treasures in ways that inspire and engage. In addition there are three new exhibits available both at the Library and online:

  • Creating the United States,
  • Exploring the Early Americas and
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Library.

But the experience no longer ends when visitors leave the Library.

Continue the Experience at Home and at School

Using the MyLOC.gov site, visitors can continue the experience from home, looking at materials seen at the Library. So, teachers: make sure to visit the educational resources on MyLOC.gov.

There are

  • five new multimedia activities to engage young people and get help them to think critically about primary sources from the Library’s collections.
  • There are also teacher-tested standards-based lesson plans to provide educators with the tools they need to integrate artifacts from the exhibitions into their curriculum.

Visit  <http://myloc.gov/Education/Pages/Default.aspx > to see the many educational resources created to support the material found in the exhibits and on the MyLOC.gov website.

Digital Natives Programs

Young people today born into a digital world are experiencing a far different environment of information-gathering and access to knowledge than a generation ago.

Who are these “digital natives” and what are they thinking? How are they using the technology?   Are IT experts adequately responding to them?

These questions will be addressed in a new Library of Congress series titled “Digital Natives” which is sponsored by the Kluge Center.

The four-lecture series will examine the generation that has been raised with the computer as a natural part of their lives, with emphasis on the young people currently in schools and colleges today.

The series will seek to understand the practices and culture of these digital natives, the cultural implications of the phenomenon and the implications for education – schools, universities and libraries.

The speakers for this series are:

Edith Ackerman, Developmental Psychologist and visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steven Berlin Johnson, author of “Everything’s Bad is Good for You”.
Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.
Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Screenagers: Lessons in Chaos from Digital Kids.”

Marc Prensky, who is credited with creating the term “digital native,” will act as respondent for these sessions. Derrick de Kerckhove, holder of the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Kluge Center serves as the moderator for the sessions.

These lectures will be made available on the Library’s webcasts homepage at www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/

News from the Teaching with Primary Sources Program

The redesigned Teaching with Primary Sources newsletter will be launched on July 1st.  Each issue targets an instructional practice that can be supported with the use of primary sources.

The subject of the summer 2008 newsletter is Literacy Integration.  You’ll find online and PDF versions of the newsletter with articles, learning activities and links on the Teaching with Primary Sources Web site at: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/.

Library Resources of Interest:

New Primary Source Set – Baseball http://memory.loc.gov/learn/community/cc_baseball_kit.php
(attached to the Baseball and the Summertime Community Centers)

Learn more about the role of baseball in various parts of American society. Included with this primary source set are images of various groups playing baseball and going to watch baseball games, the sheet music for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and analysis sheets to use with students who are working with these resources.

New Web Guides

The Digital Reference Section has created a variety of web guides on a variety of topics to help users find resources on the Library of Congress website and other online resources.

The latest additions to this collection include guides on the

  • Harlem Renaissance,
  • Slavery,
  • the state of Illinois,
  • the New Deal,
  • American Founders,
  • tips on how to find a novel, short story or poem without knowing the author,
  • where to find criticism on poetry,
  • material on World War 2 and
  • material on presidents James Monroe, James Polk and Andrew Johnson.

From the Veterans History Project: Experiencing War: The Global War on Terror

In 2007, researcher Larry Minear published, through Tufts University’s Feinstein International Center, a study of the National Guard’s role in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Minear found abundant source material for his study in the collections of the Veterans History Project, drawing on dozens of interviews with Guard personnel and active duty soldiers and on their photographs. This feature highlights some of the collections he employed and includes some of the interviews he did with National Guard personnel who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Webcasts of Interest

NEA Webcast: To Read or Not to Read http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4319

A 2007 research report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) about the state of reading in the United States reached three startling conclusions that are still being debated:

  • Americans are spending less time reading;
  • reading comprehension skills are eroding; and
  • these declines have serious civic, social, cultural and economic implications.

Sunil Iyengar, director of the NEA Office of Research and Analysis that produced “To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence,” discussed the report, its potential consequences and the public reaction.

Digital Natives Series: Edith Ackerman

This is the first in a series of four speeches focusing on the experience of digital natives. Edith Ackerman is particularly interested in helping shape the future of play and learning in a digital world. “I study how people use place, relate to others and treat things to find their ways — and voices — in an ever-changing world,” she said.

Stephen King, Tabitha King, Owen King discuss their work

The PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, in collaboration with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, hosted world-renowned author Stephen King, his wife, novelist Tabitha King, and son, writer Owen King, in a reading and discussion for students at the Library.

The King family read and discussed their work with students from Cardozo High School, IDEA Public Charter School and McKinley Technology High School.

Where We’ll Be:

From June 24-27 Sherrie Galloway and Gail Petri of the Educational Outreach Team will be presenting at the Technology in Education Conference at Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Sherrie and Gail will be presenting “Books as Hooks to Online Primary Sources” (Wednesday, 8:30-11:30) and “Historic Travels with Online Maps (Thursday, 8:30-11:30).”

Come visit our booth at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC<http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2008/>) in San Antonio, Texas, June 29-July 2.  You’ll find us at Booth #9924 in the Exhibit Hall, where you can chat with us about the Library’s online resources for teachers, get a personal introduction to our Web site, and attend one of our hourly mini-presentations.  

There is still space available in the pre-conference workshop “Teaching with Primary Sources to Promote Media and Traditional Literacies,” scheduled for Sunday, 6/29/2008, 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m.  

This workshop will explore ways to enhance traditional, information, visual, and auditory literacies using free online primary sources from the Library of Congress.  Hands-on, inquiry-based learning will model interdisciplinary approaches.  Advance registration and an additional fee are required.

We are doing weekly RSS feeds featuring updates on new Web content, professional development opportunities, Library programs, events and services of special interest to educators. Register for RSS feeds at http://www.loc.gov/rss/.

source: email from the Library of Congress

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