Sunday, July 10, 2011

D = Digital Vaults #GETABC

D is for Digital Vaults (Part 2 of a "D" Duo)
Alphabet Letter D on Blocks Helium Mylar Balloon 18"The second part of GTG’s “D” duo has us dropping by another department of the US's government:  The National Archives.  There, you can dive into their Digital Vaults, where you can delve into oodles of digital images which will direct you on a photographic documentation through history. 

With more than 10 billion records and primary source documents for you to explore, it certainly is a wealth worth discovering!  In addition to photos and info galore, you can also find all sorts of resources for teachers including lesson plans, student activities, and online resources for Teachers ["Docs Teach" and "Professional Development"].

There’s also a “Create” link on the site where you can create your own historic posters, movies, or “Pathway Challenge”  to showcase the connections between historic events.  It all might get you looking at history through new eyes!

Education Applications:
Needless to say, the biggest uses for Digital Vaults will be in the field of Social Studies given the nature of their historical images. 

However, you can go into the search mode along the bottom bar, then type searches by keyword based on your unit of study.  Keyword searches of “environment” or “National Parks” are definitely 2 great eco-explorations.  Choose a picture to bring to center, and history begins to unfold before your eyes. Click the pictures to learn more or rearrange them for a new vantage point into history.  The images can serve as an excellent springboard for introducing or extending concepts.  Likewise, the digital images and information can serve as an excellent resource for research and writing.

Note:  In an attempt to meld my pursuits of Green, Education, and Technology, "GET" & this ABC series did my twitter thread #GETABC.  To see the inception of #GETABC & give yourself a tidbit of background, go to GTG's True Confessions & Whirling Dervishes.

Digital Vault image from
and "D" photo from

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