Why can't I log in? I already have an account.

If you already had a DocsTeach account before we redesigned the site, you’ll need to re-register. You must use the same username that you used previously in order to sync your account. You’ll receive an email with a link to click on to verify your account, then you can log in.


What if I can't remember the username I used previously?

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Where do I find the activities I previously created on DocsTeach before the site was redesigned?

Make sure that you used the same username to register for an account that you used before the redesign. Then use the menu to go to My Account and Migrate Activities. Use the checkboxes to select the activities you'd like migrate. Then you can find them in My Activities in your account, and your students can access them (if you publish them).

What if I followed the instructions above but don't see my migrated activities in My Activities?

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What's new about the redesigned site?

DocsTeach has a new look and updated features — but at its core, it's still the same site. And now you can explore and create activities on both computers and tablets! In addition to mobile friendliness, we made other improvements as well, making the site easier to use, more customizable, and a more complete experience for students. See the list of changes in this post on our Education Updates blog.

What are the benefits of signing up for an account?

With a DocsTeach account, you can save and share the primary sources you discover. You can also create, save and share activities. And you gain access to hundreds of additional activities created by fellow educators. You can even copy and modify these activities to fit your needs.

How do I update my password or email address?

Log in and manage your account information in My Account.


How do I assign students to complete activities?

You can use activities for classroom demonstration, small-group or full-class work, or individual in-class or homework assignments. To share an activity with students, publish it and provide them with the unique web address for that individual activity. (Or provide them with the unique student activity URL of an activity created by someone else — you don't have to be the author.) Students can submit and save their completed activities so that you can access them in My Students' Responses, or have them emailed to you if desired.

I'd like to use a document that's not from the National Archives in an activity I'm creating. Is there any way to upload my own primary sources?

Yes, use the Image Upload feature to pull in your outside document. When you're creating an activity, go to the "Add Elements" tab; then click on Add Activity Element and it will be one of your options. Please note that this feature is available only in the multi-document type activities (Weighing the Evidence, Making Connections, etc.).

How do I download document images on a mobile device?

Document images download as zip files. To download on your mobile device, you must have an app installed and designated to handle zip files on your device.

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