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Browse Blog - material and visual culture

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Diana Laufenberg on the Power of Visuals

Jun 15 2011
Modern U.S. history instruction relies on reading and writing. Teacher Diana Laufenberg argues that students need more than text to engage their minds. [...] »

Joe Jelen's Ads as Primary Sources: The Ad Council's Historic Campaigns

May 31 2011
Advertisements don't always use ideas to sell products—sometimes they use ideas to sell ideas. Explore the ideas the Ad Council's PSAs have sold, Joe Jelen suggests. [...] »

Jennifer Orr on VoiceThread

May 2 2011
VoiceThread enables young learners to express their ideas without struggling to write them down, says 1st-grade teacher Jennifer Orr. [...] »

Joe Jelen on the New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Apr 25 2011
This digitized photographs contained in this collection can be incorporated into lesson plans in a variety of exciting ways. [...] »

Joe Jelen on Google's Art Project

Mar 28 2011
Budget cuts mean field trip cuts, right? Wrong! Check out high school teacher Joe Jelen's summary of this impressive new tool from Google. [...] »

Copyright: Finding Images to Tell the Story of History

Mar 25 2011
Fair use? Public domain? Creative Commons? Find images of history that you can use to tell its story, without worrying about fees and fines. [...] »

Joe Jelen on Document Cameras

Dec 6 2010
You don't have a smartboard, but overheard projectors aren't quite flexible enough for you. What to do? High-school teacher Joe Jelen introduces the document camera. [...] »

Elizabeth Schaefer on the Interactive Declaration of Independence

Nov 8 2010
Eighth-grade U.S. history teacher Elizabeth Schaefer "warps" the Declaration of Independence into the future with interactives from the Library of Congress. [...] »

Amy Trenkle's Columbus in the Capital

Oct 19 2010
Come Columbus Day, DC 8th-grade teacher Amy Trenkle introduces her class to the man himself—or, at least, one of the nation's many memorials to him. [...] »

Bookmark This! Teaching Mexican American History with the Bracero Program

Sep 10 2009
A resource for bilingual (Spanish-English) materials for teaching 20th century American history. [...] »