Friday, February 13, 2009

The National Archives Experience Digital Vaults

The National Archives Experience has a great online tool that students can use to create posters and videos. The National Archives Digital Vault poster and video creation tools allow students to drag and drop digital artifacts into a poster or video. The National Archives provides images, documents, and audio in an easy to use editor. When making a poster students can combine multiple images, change background colors, and create captions to make collages of digital artifacts. See the screen capture below for a demonstration of poster editing.















Creating a video is just as easy as creating a poster in the Digital Vault. To create a video simply drag your selected images on to the editing templates, type image captions, select the duration of display for each image, and select audio tracks. See the screen capture below for a look at the video editor.















Applications for Education
The National Archives Digital Vault is a great tool for students to create good looking digital presentations about US History. This is a resource that most students in the fifth grade and above can use.