We are tickled pink to once again join one of our favorite Geeky crowds at #TLD2015!  

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Well we started with 10 ideas and once we multiplied it with primary sources we loved, and great tools to use, we ended up with over 250 ideas for using primary sources in the classroom! History, Art, Historic Preservation, Science...it's all there!

We are deeply proud to be part of the team from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Regional Center in Colorado who are presenting in Boston and will be tweeting out resources this week (and next) to showcase ideas on how to merge Web 2.0 and Social Media tools with the rich collections and digital resources from the Library of Congress.

If you don't know about the Library of Congress TPS program check out their links here: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/

Here's a list of great tools and ideas! Check some of them out and bring non-fiction, primary sources, critical thinking, and 21st century skills into your classroom!Check out the links below for social studies, literacy, student engagement, science, math, art, architecture, and historic preservation ideas using primary sources from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov )

Enjoy...and ask questions and contribute your thoughts at #psgeek and todaysmeet.com/psgeek. We will be answering and continuing to share! 

Teaching Strategies: 

We brainstormed, piloted, tried them out, and worked together on harnessing the power of Web 2.0 Tools and Social Media to bring learning alive with primary sources! Each link will take you to a page filled with resources and ideas using that particular tool and primary sources you select. 


A Day of Remembrance : Executive Order 9066

Today is a day to remember for many reasons.

Feb 19, 1942 was the day Executive Order 9066 was issued ~ changing the lives of many Coloradans and Americans nationwide and setting the stage for the establishment of Japanese American Internment Camps. Although views differ on the issue, it is critical to discuss. Primary sources and resources from many education and preservation  entities can assist in your delivery of instruction around the topic.  An annotated list of resources is here as a beginning list of sources, not as an inclusive list. Check out the following for primary sources and resources as you work with your students:

History Colorado offers an Amache online interactive badge and exhibit for students and educators including a view of the events leading up to the order, after the order, and internment at Amache in Colorado. Check out the resources here: http://exhibits.historycolorado.org/amache/amache_home.html

As you discuss WWII and the affects on Colorado and national history, check out these resources from the Colorado Virtual Library to bring a view of this event to your students through a Colorado lens: http://coloradovirtuallibrary.org/blog/executive-order-9066

The Department of Anthropology at University of Denver supports research programming around Amache and the research is ongoing. Their portfolio page has great resources for anthropology and archaeology discussions: https://portfolio.du.edu/amache

Collaborative groups in Colorado work to preserve and protect the historical resources at Amache and the stories associated with this time in history. For more information on this critical work visit: http://www.amache.org/project-team/

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program and our nation's library offer great resources on teaching about this time in history:

Internment Lesson
Internment During WWII Primary Source Set

The National Park Service preserves and protects our resources in Colorado and the western states regarding Japanese Internment. Their work is outstanding! Find resources about their projects here: http://www.nps.gov/jacs/


Real World Meets Virtual: 25 Tools to Share Your Story

Two Geeky Teachers, the History Colorado Communications team, and State Historic Fund staff are pleased to join Colorado Preservation Inc. at the Saving Places Conference to discuss sharing your preservation and education message with the community through the use of social media and Web 2.0 tools.

To access our interactive spreadsheet click here: Tools and More Tools! 

For a link to our presentation slides click here: Presentation

To contact us email us at:

SHF Preservation Education:  michelle.pearson@state.co.us
SHF Communications: shannon.haltiwanger@state.co.us
History Colorado Digital Media:  todd.wolfe@stat.co.us

We would love to support your work! Drop us a line and let us know how to help!