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Newseum Provides Teachers Access to Free Primary Source Documents, Lesson Plans With New Ed Platform

Newseum Provides Teachers Access to Free Primary Source Documents and Aligned Lesson Plans with New Ed Platform

Newseum has announced the launch of NewseumEd, an online educational platform which gives registered users free online access to the Washington D.C.-based museum's "library of primary sources, artifacts and periodicals, including copyrighted materials."

The new education platform divides resources into three different categories of classroom instruction: historical connections, media literacy and civics and citizenship.

As of right now, the site has content for learners of all ages that includes 86 Common Core aligned lesson plans and activities, "540 hi-res primary sources with explanatory text including rare pamphlets, historic front pages, original newsreels, and more" and 2 EDCollections, which are "thematic exhibits of primary sources showcase First Amendment and media literacy issues in U.S. history."

And for those who are interested in making a visit to the Newseum museum in D.C., the platform also includes 14 different thematic units that include lesson plans and gallery guides for visits.

In addition to resources for classroom use, the learning tool offers an online community for educators to connect to fellow peers and share ideas for using and implementing the new platform.

Newseum also announced intentions to consistently update the available material with more complete resources for teachers to use. In March, the platform will add two more EdCollections to the site that will include extensive resources on teaching about the upcoming presidential election as well as "teaching and learning about 9/11 in the framework of balancing First Amendment freedoms with concerns for safety and the public good," two topics that educators often wish they had more support for.

"NewseumED represents the museum’s commitment to reaching students and teachers beyond our four walls. The site is designed to meet the needs of elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, as well as college students and life-long learners, across the United States and around the world," said Newseum's website.

Read more about NewseumED and find out how to register to use the new content here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

10/19/2015

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