Today, twenty of our library media specialists participated in a workshop
around the American Memory Collection. They had three hours to explore,
discuss, and create ideas for using the materials.
I opened the workshop with Kathy Ferenz's idea. I had some original
photographs taken of my Dad's scientific work at Westinghouse. I had on
white gloves (real ones from the Library of Congress, thanks Martha for
sending them). I explained how the archivists showed us the Walt Whitman
Diaries. The group was absolutely entranced with my story from this summer.
Then I showed them the pictures to demonstrate how Kathy had used this with
Next they went on a short scavenger hunt just to familiarize them with
navigation and a variety of the different kinds of materials. Next, I used
Bill's Photo Analysis chart and our esteemed picture, The Close of a Career
in New York. They worked in pairs and came up with lots of ideas as to what
was in the picture. One group decided the horse and cart had crashed into
the building and that was how the horse met his demise.
The next activity had them working in pairs, looking at a specific
collection and coming up with ideas on how to use it in the classroom. This
was based in part on the Collection Search Activity. Their ideas were
wonderful. So good, in fact, that I decided on the spot they needed to be
shared with others. So I'll be posting "Quick Lessons/Ideas to Use With the
American Memory Collection."
The day ended with the Learning Page and the Big Picture. They loved it.
They also filled out the American Memory Survey on the Home Page. Each
participant left with the Port Of Entry packet.
This is what I love to do. See teachers excited about the way they can use
things with kids. It was a great morning and could not have been possible
without your ideas and the discussions we had this summer.
Linda C. Joseph Columbus Public Schools
Library Media Specialist 737 East Hudson Street
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