Showing posts with label NYPL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NYPL. Show all posts

Sunday, April 10, 2016

30 Days of Shakespeare Presented by the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by publishing 30 recordings of NYPL staff members reading their favorite Shakespeare speeches, monologues, or sonnets. One recording per day will be published throughout the month of April.


April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. These recordings could provide a nice model for your own "poem a day" classroom project. You could have students each take a turn reading their favorite poems this month. SoundCloud makes it easy to record and assemble a playlist of spoken recordings. Take a look at the video below to learn how to record on SoundCloud.


H/T to Open Culture for the NYPL recordings.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Old NYC & Old SF - Maps of Images of New York and San Francisco

Old NYC and Old SF are two great websites featuring thousands of historical photographs of New York City and San Francisco. The images are sourced from the New York Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library. Each image is geolocated on the map according to the latitude and longitude coordinates of where it was taken. In most cases those coordinates match street addresses, but not always.

Applications for Education
Old NYC and Old SF were featured on Maps Mania last week. I couldn't stop thinking about the maps (I'm a maps junky). As I thought about the maps over the weekend I realized that the images in the maps could be helpful to students who are reading about the history of either city or reading stories set in either city. For example, students reading The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye may be interested to see images of NYC from those decades.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: NY Public Library Resources


The New York Public Library is an amazing place for book aficionados. The collection of materials is great as is the architecture of the NYPL building. (Somewhere I have a picture of myself next to one of those lions).



I'm writing about the New York Public Library today because NYPL.org has recently launched an iTunes channel full of free digital resources that teachers and students will find useful. Included in the collection are book talks, interviews with famous and influential people, and famous and noteworthy artistic performances. If you don't have access to iTunes, you can access most of the same resources on the NYPL website.


Applications for Education
The digital collection of NYPL has something for almost every teacher. As a history teacher, the items that stuck out to me were the history of jazz resources and the interview with Bill Clinton about "destroying the color line." Literature teachers will find the conversations with notable authors as well discuss
ions about notable books to be useful.

Finally, the "Turn it Up" teen podcasts by teens for teens gives students an opportunity to hear the opinions of their peers on a variety of timely topics. In fact, the entire Teen Link section of NYPL.org is a full of resources designed for students to access.