Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Library of Congress to Cease Continual Tweet Archiving

Assign it the hashtag of #bahbye, Mediate reports that “Even the Library of Congress can’t keep up with Twitter anymore. The Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet for many years. But now it’s announced the process for archiving tweets will be more limited starting in 2018.” (Source: Mediaite)

The Library of Congress says that going forward, “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.” (Source: Deadline)

 

 

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Library of Congress Online Conference for Educators

News for Teachers: Second Online Conference October 25th and 26th

Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators

As the new school year gets into full swing, the Library of Congress will bring teachers and education experts from across the nation together in its second annual online conference for educators. This free two-day event, “Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources,” will be held October 25-26, from 4-8 p.m. EDT and will be open to K-12 educators from across all teaching disciplines. Last year’s event brought together more than 1,500 participants for the sessions.

Over the course of two days, there will be 15 one-hour sessions facilitated by Library specialists, instructional experts from the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium and other recognized K-12 leaders. Session topics will range from assessments and literacy to historical newspapers and kindergarten historians, and all sessions will focus on the effective use of Library of Congress primary-source documents.

According to Lee Ann Potter, director of educational outreach at the Library, “Primary sources can capture student attention, and by analyzing them, students can engage with complex content, build their critical-thinking skills and create new knowledge. The Library’s online conference for educators will allow teachers to learn how to access Library of Congress resources and to discover new strategies for integrating primary sources into their instruction.”

Highlights of the conference:

The keynote speaker will be the award-winning author Tonya Bolden, who will discuss her process of research for writing children’s books about historical figures.

Library experts will include specialists from the Chronicling America historical newspaper archives, the historian of the Library of Congress, professionals from the educational outreach division, and more.

Other presenters will include Joel Breakstone from Stanford University, Dan Rothstein of the Right Question Institute, and Kelly Schrum of the Center of History and New Media.

After the live online conference, the Library will make recordings of all sessions available to the public on its website for teachers, loc.gov/teachers/. Teachers will be able to earn up to 15 hours of CEU/PDU by participating or viewing online conference sessions, and certificates will be available for completing each session.

Register for the conference: www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/webinar/online-conference-2016.html?rssloc=eanft

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New From the Library of Congress ~ Hispanic Heritage Month

Library of CongressNew Online: Today in History, Hispanic Heritage & Folklife Collections at this link.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society. The Hispanic Heritage website has been redesigned and upgraded, featuring new content for 2016, a new adaptive visual design, new and improved video player and more. Click here to visit the Hispanic Heritage website.

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New From the Library of Congress – Today in History Migrates to the LOC

Library of CongressNew Online: Today in History, Hispanic Heritage & Folklife Collections at this link

Today in History is an online presentation of historic events illustrated by items from the Library’s digital collections. First established in 1997, the site was migrated this month from the American Memory site to a new home on loc.gov. The revised site features larger images, responsive design and, most importantly, hundreds of updates, corrections and enhancements. The site’s content is written by reference experts from across many of the Library’s divisions and is a great resource for teachers, history enthusiasts and more. Each illustrated story ends with suggestions for further inquiry and investigation within the Library’s rich online resources.

 

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PBS Course: Our Course Calendar

PBS TeacherLine Course: Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Our Course Calendar

Week 1: July 13 – 19
Week 2: July 20 – 26
Week 3: July 27 – August 2
Week 4: August 3 – August 9
Week 5: August 10 – August 16
Week 6: August 17 – August 23

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Special Presentation of the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress July 16

July 16th, Introduction to Resources in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP)

Want to know more about conducting research using Veterans History Project (VHP) collections? Are you curious about our World War I diary holdings? Interested in firsthand accounts of combat from Vietnam veterans? Want to know how to research your relative’s military unit? Come find out more during a special presentation by VHP reference specialist Megan Harris.

This introduction provides an overview of VHP’s collections scope, available online resources, how to search the archive using the online database, and how to coordinate use of non-digitized collections. Participants will learn more about VHP’s online exhibits, how to find information about specific units and conflicts, and the vast number of ways in which VHP collections can be utilized in your research.

Date:  Saturday, July 16, time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT

Location:  Library of Congress Jefferson Bldg. LJ G-07

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Just in Time for the Fourth!! New Library of Congress Pinterest Board

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“A Book That Shaped Me” Library of Congress Essay Contest

“A Book That Shaped Me” Essay Contest: The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is “I cannot live without books,” a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2015 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10, 2015.

More information available at this link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-080.html

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A Constitutional New Year’s Resolution

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Using Library of Congress Primary Resources Webinar Today

Primary Sources Webinar November 18

 

For more information, please visit this link

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