The AHA Today blog of the American Historical Association has published a piece by John Rosinbum called “Teaching with Digital Archives,” in which he discusses the use of openly available resources with his undergraduate history class.
I have found that targeted and guided use of digital archives in the classroom can powerfully engage students and introduce them to the joys and frustrations of archival research. These activities can stimulate discussions on data literacy and help them learn how to navigate unfamiliar user interfaces. Finally, they can push them to think about how resource inequity shapes our understanding of the past.
Rosinbum walks us through his lesson plan and includes numerous links to sample assignments and a variety of digital history resources.