History Tech #40: 7 Nontraditional Primary Source Places To Go

Sometimes you just need a helping hand getting out of the same old same old to add something new to a lesson that might just be missing that something or engaging the student windows10explained actor.  In this weeks edition of History Tech Glenn introduces you to 7 Nontraditional Primary Source Places To Go for your students to find material they can use.


  1. Newsela.com – is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that is always relevant: daily news.  It is easy and amazing.
  2. Google Expeditions – enabling teachers to take students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space.  Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum.
  3. Smithsonian Learning Lab – is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums, nine major research centers, the National Zoo, and more can be used together for learning.
  4. DocsTeach – access thousands of primary sources from letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other documents spanning the course of American history.
  5. Arizona Geographic Alliance – features a wide selection of classroom ready maps.  Some of their programs, GeoLiteracy (2003) and GeoMath (2005), have been nationally recognized by the National Council for Social Studies.
  6. Chronicling America – is a website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
  7. World Digital Library – is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of Windows 10 Professional OEM Key the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world.

Host of History Tech: Glenn Wiebe

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