Library of Congress
- cultural understanding
- historical figures
- using and applying technology
- analyzing evidence
- collecting data
ProsA well-designed resource is bound to exist for nearly any subject you look up, and everything is totally free.
ConsIt's a bit overwhelming, like walking into the actual Library of Congress; there's almost too much to look through.
Bottom LineThe Library of Congress delivers the best of America's past and present, but it's a little tricky to navigate.
Common Sense Reviewer
Design is simple but not super kid-friendly. Some content is pretty dry, but you can find engaging multimedia. It's the Library of Congress, so it's hard to complain -- the resources are quality and seemingly endless.
Incredible depth and variety give kids the chance to make discoveries about America's history and beyond. They'll also see why it's important to document the events and people that make up a culture.
Library of Congress has Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr extensions, and there's help when needed. It could be a bonus if kids could log in and save favorites or revisit a book they've been reading online.
You can send older students here to explore and and perform research on their own. For younger students, you may want to find snippets of content and adjust the information for your own lesson plans. It could also be fun to create a "virtual field trip" to the Library of Congress. You can share the library's beginnings as a government institution, show students images of the building itself, and then let them take a look around online.Read More Read Less
Library of Congress is an online version of the real thing -- the world's largest library and all the resources housed therein. There's no log-in or way to save information; it's just a place to visit and find information in all formats, including text, audio, and video. The home page features a rotating group of Collection Highlights under subjects like American Memory, Prints and Photographs, Maps, Historic Newspapers, and more. Click on any of these, and you'll be taken to the full list of content by subject. For the most kid-friendly stuff, click Kids and Families; you'll find links to subsites like Everyday Mysteries, a place full of fun science facts, or Today in History.Read More Read Less
It's the Library of Congress: Overall, it's amazing. You can see actual manuscripts of unperformed Yiddish plays from the early part of the century, look at a map of the Governorates of Bahrain, or hear Judy Blume speak during a National Book Festival webcast. The library has done an excellent job digitizing this content, and it's a great gift to have these resources readily accessible. However, even with the thoughtful organization, it can be a little overwhelming. It can be difficult to find content especially for kids, and some of the links designated as kid-friendly are a little dry for young people to explore on their own.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Library of Congress
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