Saturday, February 18, 2012

Browse for Primary Sources on the World Digital Library Map

The World Digital Library hosts nearly 5,000 primary documents and images from collections around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the mission of the World Digital Library is to promote the study and understanding of cultures. The WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. In my search of the WDL I noticed that roughly half of the resources are historical maps and images. The WDL aims to be accessible to as many people as possible by providing search tools and content descriptions in seven languages. The WDL can also be searched by clicking through the map on the homepage.

Applications for EducationThe World Digital Library can be a great resource for anyone that teaches history and or cultural studies. The wealth of image based resources along with the document based resources makes the WDL appropriate for use with most age groups. 

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Philadelphia where today I'll be joining my family to celebrate my grandfather's 90th birthday. He and my grandmother were teachers for their entire working lives, one of my uncles was a teacher, and now I am. Maybe there's a gene for teaching.

Monday is the start of guest writer week on Free Technology for Teachers. While I'm away on a short vacation, there will be new posts from educators Monday through Friday. I've already seen most of the posts, they're excellent. But first, let's take a look at the most popular posts of the last week.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. A Nice Primer on Google Apps for the iPad
2. Learn About Chromebooks Through Project Chromebook
3. Road to the White House Games, Maps, and Scholastic News
4. From Ideas to iBooks
5. Hello Slide - Easily Add Narration to Your Slideshows
6. Five YouTube Channels to Challenge High School Students
7. The History of Calendars, Leap Year, and Daylight Saving

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