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Monday, September 3, 2018

How to Collaboratively Create Documents on Canva

Last week Clint Heitz asked me for a suggestion for tools that students can use to make magazines online. He has used Lucid Press and was looking for other options to try. There were two tools that I suggested. One suggestion was to try Book Creator and the other was to try Canva. In the following video I demonstrate how you can use Canva to collaboratively create and publish documents.

An Archive of Historic American Buildings and Landscapes

There was a time when navigating the website of the Library of Congress was a bit of a chore. Collections of digitized artifacts were mixed with collections that simply listed availability of artifacts. Thankfully, in recent years the LOC has made a marked improvement in the ease which you can find digitized artifacts that are available to view and download. The best way to find those artifacts is to head to the Digital Collections section of the LOC. It was there that I found the Chronicling America collection and the Historic American Buildings Collection.

Historic American Buildings is a collection of more than 44,000 pictures, drawings, and documents about buildings in the United States. Within the collection there is subset of artifacts from the Historic American Landscapes Survey. It was in that collection that I found the featured image for this post. The image, View About Five Miles South of Chisana, Alaska, was taken as part of the survey.

You can browse and search the Historic American Buildings collection according to location, subject, format (PDF or image), and contributor.

Applications for Education
This collection could be useful to history students in need of some archival imagery to use in presentations and reports. I can also see this collection being of interest to art teachers looking for images to use illustrate changes in architecture over time and location. 

Chronicling America - An Archive of 2,600+ Digitized Newspapers

Chronicling America is a great resource provided by the Library of Congress. On Chronicling America you can find more than 2,600 digitized copies of newspapers printed in the United States between 1789 and 1963. You can search through the collection according to date, state in which the newspaper was published, and keyword.

All of the digitized newspapers in the Chronicling America collection can be viewed online, downloaded as PDFs, or printed. When viewing the digitized newspapers online you can zoom-in to read and view the details of each page. Chronicling America provides a clipping tool that you can use while viewing a newspaper to clip and print an enlarged section of a page. That could be useful for distributing printed copies of columns to your students to read in your classroom.

Applications for Education
On Friday and again this morning I spent some time browsing through the collection of Maine newspapers in the Chronicling America collection. I got sucked into reading first-hand reports from the Civil War that were published in The Portland Daily Press beginning in 1862. It is the first-hand stories published in those papers that could make a Chronicling America a valuable resource for teachers of U.S. History and their students.

How to Use Yo Teach! to Create a Classroom Backchannel

On Friday I wrote an overview of a new backchannel tool called Yo Teach! It's a great alternative to the much-loved, but now gone, TodaysMeet. To help more people get started on Yo Teach! I made the tutorial video that is embedded below.

Before you watch the video here are a couple of highlights of Yo Teach! to note. You and your students can use text and image notes in a Yo Teach! room. Students can also give a "thumbs up" to their favorite image and text notes in the discussion.