Educator Webinar: Tapping the Power of Teaching with Visual Images

By analyzing a visual image, students can discover more than just the image’s content–they can also begin to explore its context. Analyzing images lets students discover new topics for exploration and also build visual literacy skills that they can apply not only to primary sources, but to anything they see.

Join us in a webinar

On Tuesday, September 23, at 7 PM ET, education experts from the Library will offer a webinar that will engage participants in a model photograph analysis activity, facilitate a discussion about the power of teaching with visual images, and demonstrate how to find visual images from the Library of Congress.

Throughout the year, the Library will be hosting educator webinars every other Tuesday at 7:00 ET focusing on a variety of instructional strategies for using primary sources in instruction.  The 2014 schedule and information about joining the webinar is now available. In addition to the webinars, we will be hosting Hangouts with subject matter experts from around the Library. Watch here for reminders about each!

Can’t join the webinar? We’ll update this post with a link to a recording.

Teaching strategies

Two years ago, Teaching with the Library of Congress published a “round up” of posts on teaching with photographs. We’d like to update that with a few more recent posts to stimulate your thinking about the power of teaching with visual images.

John Howell, an Indianapolis newsboy, makes $.75 some days.

John Howell, an Indianapolis newsboy, makes $.75 some days.

Join the conversation now: What strategies have you used to help your students unlock learning from images?

The Civil Rights History Project: Primary Sources and Oral History

History is most fascinating when we feel connected to the people who lived in the past. One way to pique student interest is by using primary sources from the Library of Congress — letters, photographs, and oral histories — that document real people’s lives. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently launched the Civil Rights History Project, a digitized collection of interviews with active participants in the Civil Rights movement and essays about the movement.

Share “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” Using Primary Sources

Last year the Educational Outreach Team provided a collection of primary sources that documented what we did on our summer vacation. This was such a popular post that we decided to share how we spent our summer vacations using primary sources. Enjoy this year’s adventures and hopefully get some ideas on how you might incorporate primary sources to help you learn more about your students and their interests.

Living the Dream: Reflections on a Year as Library of Congress Teacher in Residence

In my first blog post as Teacher in Residence, I set a number of goals: to connect primary sources to literature, to create research questions to advance inquiry, and to foster library skills. I was able to meet these goals in a number of ways and to reach out to teachers and librarians with approaches to working with primary sources and teaching research skills.