UPDATE: Two new sessions have been added! Sign up here.
May 20: Modifying Existing Activities
On DocsTeach you can borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities built by the National Archives education staff and teachers around the world. In this session you’ll discover how to modify an activity you find on DocsTeach to better suit your needs.
May 27: Creating Your Own Activity
Create your own online activity on DocsTeach to share with your students! This session will walk you through the process of adding primary sources, setting up your activity, writing instructions for your students, and publishing your activity.
Join us on Wednesdays at 2 pm ET for a new mini-webinar series: Getting Started with DocsTeach!
DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Teachers (and parents!) can access primary source-based learning activities and assign them to students to complete online. Students can complete online activities and research primary sources on a variety of topics spanning American history.
Getting Started with DocsTeach Mini-Webinars are open to teachers and parents of students in all grade levels. Each 20-minute session will highlight a different aspect of DocsTeach to show you how you can help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past by working with primary sources.
Advanced registration is required. Sign up for the whole series or individual sessions.
Each session will be recorded and made available at a later date at www.docsteach.org/resources/professional-development. If you know colleagues who are just getting started with DocsTeach, please share!
April 15: Finding and Sharing Activities
DocsTeach hosts an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives and teachers around the world. During this session, you will discover how to find teaching activities and share them with students. This recording is available on YouTube.
April 22: Finding and Sharing Primary Source Documents
DocsTeach provides access to thousands of primary sources – letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types – that span the course of American history. During this session, you will learn how to find primary sources and utilize our resources for primary source analysis. This recording is available on YouTube.
April 29: Assigning and Viewing Student Work
DocsTeach activities can be assigned to students to complete online. This session will demonstrate how to assign and access student work via your DocsTeach account, and how to receive students’ work on DocsTeach via other learning management systems. This recording is available on YouTube.
May 6: Choosing an Activity
DocsTeach offers 12 different activity tools that help students develop historical analysis skills. This session will provide an overview of the different tools and help you decide which activity to use. This recording is available on YouTube.
We also continue to offer DocsTeach webinars by request. Connect educators in your school or district with us for a custom webinar exploring DocsTeach (minimum of 10 participants). The program duration is flexible — we recommend 20-60 minutes, depending on the preferred content.
Prior to the webinar, a National Archives educator will work with you to determine what the webinar will cover. Topics may include:
- An introduction to DocsTeach
- Finding primary sources for the classroom
- Creating DocsTeach activities
- And more depending on your preferences!