Getting Started with DocsTeach

Each 20-minute session highlights a different aspect of DocsTeach to show you how you can help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past by working with primary sources.

Finding and Sharing Activities
DocsTeach hosts an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives and teachers around the world. During this session, you will discover how to find teaching activities and share them with students.



Finding and Sharing Primary Source Documents
DocsTeach provides access to thousands of primary sources – letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types – that span the course of American history. During this session, you will learn how to find primary sources and utilize our resources for primary source analysis.



Assigning and Viewing Student Work
DocsTeach activities can be assigned to students to complete online. This session will demonstrate how to assign and access student work via your DocsTeach account, and how to receive students’ work on DocsTeach via other learning management systems.



Choosing an Activity
DocsTeach offers 12 different activity tools that help students develop historical analysis skills. This session will provide an overview of the different tools and help you decide which activity to use.



Modifying Existing Activities
On DocsTeach you can borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities built by the National Archives education staff and teachers around the world. In this session you’ll discover how to modify an activity you find on DocsTeach to better suit your needs.



Creating Your Own Activity
Create your own online activity on DocsTeach to share with your students! This session will walk you through the process of adding primary sources, setting up your activity, writing instructions for your students, and publishing your activity.



We also offer live webinars facilitated by our staff at the National Archives.

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