Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools | 21st Century Technology Integration |

The U.S. National Archives Experience Digital Vaults (pictured above) offers students a good introduction to discovering and working with primary source materials. Rather than turning kids loose on millions of records in the National Archives, Digital Vaults focuses on a curated collection of 1,200 items.


Within the site, there are activities designed to help students discover important connections between primary sources. One section, Pathways Challenges, provides quizzes that ask kids to analyze a specific resource and then find the related document within the collection. Teachers and students can create their own quizzes or take advantage of the premade challenges.


Students who create free Digital Vaults accounts can collect primary source documents and images and use them to create digital posters and videos within the available templates.


Via Gust MEES