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Introduction to the TPS Teachers Network Album Tool LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES

The Album Tool brings all elements of teaching with primary sources together into a one-stop shop for TPS beginners and experts alike. Albums now serve as a venue to store primary and secondary sources of every media type, develop lesson ideas, record teaching notes, collaborate with colleagues, and export a complete and attractive package of teaching ideas and resources.

The Album Tool

Create

Create an album complete with teaching notes, primary and secondary sources, and bibliographic information.

Collect

Collect primary and secondary sources of every media type and store them all in one place.

Curate

Curate sources for students in a purposeful way by integrating multiple media formats.

Collaborate

Collaborate with educators across the nation and colleagues in your own communities to build and discuss albums.

Share

Share teaching strategies, ideas, and pedagogical practices from your own experiences.

Features:

  • Automatically import any publicly available audio, visual, and textual media, including newspaper articles from Chronicling America, sound files, film, images, and video, from the 60+ million primary sources available at the Library of Congress with corresponding bibliographic information.
  • Use Teaching Notes on individual media in your album to remind you of guiding questions, background information, and ideas for use in your classroom.
  • Download your album as a pre-formatted PDF or use the Shareable URL to share with colleagues, students, and social media channels outside of the TPS Teachers Network.
  • Engage in threaded discussions and choose to allow collaboration from educators in a safe and professional environment.
  • Upload more than a dozen file types directly from your computer or mobile device to help keep student worksheets, supporting documents, and activity sheets in one easily accessible location.

Read below to find out more about creating an album in the TPS Teachers Network from start to share.

Create

Create a multimedia album as a collection of primary and secondary sources, teaching notes, bibliographic information, and worksheets.

Collect

Collect primary and secondary sources around a theme or topic, in any media type, and store them all in one place.

Curate

Curate sources for students in a purposeful way by integrating multiple media formats.

Under Teaching Notes on individual items, add the pedagogical thinking behind choosing a source and ideas for using the source depending upon the learning objectives, technology available, student skill level, text, and reading levels.

Collaborate

Collaborate with educators across the nation and colleagues in your own educational communities, share teaching ideas and resources, and discover educational resources collected and curated by other members of the TPS Teachers Network.

Share

Share teaching strategies, ideas, and pedagogical practices from your own experiences.

From the album tool, you can:

  • share a weblink that can be accessed outside the Network
  • share a PDF that can be attached or printed
  • share using visual tools such as Adobe Spark

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Images used in this Adobe Spark presentation are based on albums originally created in the TPS Teachers Network by three Colorado high school teachers. Any educator may use the shareable album links below without signing into the Network:

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Created By
Kile Clabaugh
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