Excited about Digital Maps

Some of the digital maps and tools we just saw presented were really intriguing. I’ve been trying to think of more ways to incorporate maps into my history classes, since the couple of times I’ve used them students have been really interested in them. I have a historic map of Dedham in my classroom, and it’s always a conversation piece for the students. Now I’m starting to think that these tools may be useful to develop some sort of lesson using that map.

On a side note, the Stanford History Education Group, or SHEG for short, has some amazing lesson plan resources. There were a couple that used maps that I used this year and were some of the students’ favorite lessons this year. Here are the links…



Students can use whaling logs to become “citizen scientists”

The New Bedford Whaling Museum has an interesting crowdsourcing project called Old Weather that we’ve recommended to teachers and students in our climate change curriculum. The museum is inviting the public to become “citizen scientists” and help transcribe logbooks, extracting information about weather observations. Scientists will use these transcriptions to improve their climate model projections and knowledge of past environmental conditions. Historians will use them to track past ship movements and tell the stories of the people on board. Even if students don’t spend time going through logs, I think just knowing about the project is neat— a great intersection of history, science, and geography that shows how historical documents can be useful in all sorts of ways!

Google Classroom, DPLA, Primary Source Sets

I’m curious whether or not the DPLA can be linked with Google Classroom. I know that some other archives, such as “U.S. History in Context,” has a feature in which you can share directly from the archive into your Google Classroom page. I’m also very intrigued to dig through the DPLA’s Primary Source Sets in order to develop some projects for my students.