Showing posts with label online archives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online archives. Show all posts

Friday, October 28, 2011

Royal Society Journal Archives Made Available Online

Royal Society Publishing recently announced that it has made the archives of its journals available online for the world to search and read. Any of their published papers that are more than 70 years old can be viewed for free in their entirety. In total, this makes 60,000 historical scientific papers available. Included in these archives are papers written by Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton. You can search the archives here.

Applications for Education
The archives of the Royal Society journals could be a valuable resource for students interested in the history of scientific topics. Theoretically, by using the Royal Society archives students could trace the development of concept from its start to modern day.

H/T to Open Culture.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

History Buff - Narrated Panoramas of Historic Sites and More

History Buff is a neat website that teachers of US History should spend some time exploring. One of the best features of History Buff is a set of fifteen narrated panoramic tours of interesting and significant historic sites. Some of the panoramas you will find in the collection include Davy Crockett's childhood home, Appomattox Courthouse, Thomas Edison's birthplace, and Valley Forge.

Another good feature of History Buff is their online newspaper archive. The archive is organized by year and event. The earliest newspapers in the archive were published in 1707. The newspapers can be viewed in great detail through the zoom tool accompanying each newspaper.

Applications for Education
I like to use virtual tours like the ones hosted by History Buff to provide my students with better visual references than what they find in a textbook or through simple Google Image searches. I've found that the visuals in virtual tours often prompt students to ask questions that lead to good conversations about events and themes in US History.