A sample lesson on using primary source high resolution photographs from the Library of Congress accessed via iPads.
Identify topic. Search for primary source photographs or documents at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog and copy the URL location of the tif (high resolution) images. Paste those URLs as a list on to a Google site, Google Doc, or web site.
Next have students access your Google Site or Doc via the iPad Safari Browser and “Add to Home Screen” on the iPad for easy access. Students can now revisit your list easily and you can make changes to the Site or Doc without changing the Home Screen button the students added.
Your Doc or Site resource page should contain a URL list (as the one below) for the lesson. This is a sample list that could be used "In the Wake of the Storm" a lesson that focuses on the recent destructive tornadoes in the South. These are high resolution images found by using the search term "tornado" in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog and then coping the "tif" URL from the page (for full citation see below).
- Photo 1: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b30000/3b37000/3b37800/3b37814u.tif
- Photo 2: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b30000/3b37000/3b37800/3b37812u.tif
- Photo 3: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3c00000/3c00000/3c00300/3c00397u.tif
- Photo 4: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b20000/3b24000/3b24600/3b24642u.tif
- Photo 5: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b40000/3b42000/3b42100/3b42198u.tif
- Photo 6: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b40000/3b42000/3b42200/3b42200u.tif
- Photo 7: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b40000/3b42000/3b42300/3b42395u.tif
- Photo 8: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b30000/3b35000/3b35500/3b35506u.tif
- Photo 9: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3a00000/3a04000/3a04200/3a04260u.tif
- Photo 10: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3a00000/3a04000/3a04400/3a04455u.tif
Students can access and download the high resolution photographs on an iPad by going to your Google Doc or Google Site list in the Safari browser, tapping the link, and when the picture loads holding their finger on the image and choosing “Save Image”. The photograph will be saved to the Photo App on the iPad.
As students study the photographs they can see the detail by using the pinch feature on the iPads. They can analyze by using the Library of Congress Analysis Tool for Photographs and Prints (pdf). (This analysis tool and any other pdf can be added to the iBook bookshelf on the iPad for future reference.) Teams of students hone in on their research and investigative skills further by finding the time, place, results of the destruction. They can search in old newspapers and online such as in "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" from the Library of Congress http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ or "Google News Archive Search" http://news.google.com/archivesearch
Student then create a primary source journal or news story of their own by comparing and contrasting the news event of the past with today's stories. On the iPad they can journal or write via the Pages App. (See Create an eBook in Pages on this site: https://sites.google.com/site/todaysipad/write-an-ebook/in-pages). Then students can upload their primary source journals to the iPad iBook app and share their analysis and look into the past with other students.
Consider also using Google Earth and The Weather Channel App to follow storms and using links to C-SPAN video of Presidential "visits" to current and past weather disaster locations.
- Kansas - May 9, 2007 -http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/TornadoDis
- Tennessee - Feb 5, 2008 http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Damagei
- Maryland 2001 - http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/TornadoDi
- Oklahoma, May 14, 1999 - http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/TornadoD
Resources: From the Library of Congress
Photo 1: The Lewistown bridge, destroyed by the Tornado of July 4, 1874, [Pennsylvania] http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96512155/resource/
Photo 2: Tornado, Lebanon, Kansas http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96512152/
Photo 3: Omaha tornado no. 10 http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/90712158/
Photo 4: Great tornado in Wisconsin, June 28 - http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/99614082/
Photo 5: Louisville tornado, wreck of Falls City Hall (75 killed) http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/89706261/
Photo 6: Rutger and Seventh Sts., where seven lives were lost, St. Louis tornado http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/89706269/
Photo 7: East St. Louis after the tornado http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/89707370/
Photo 8: Tornado at Omaha, Nebraska - Desolate waste at 30th and Hamilton Streets http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2002718479/
Photo 9: Looking toward the gulf, showing space swept clean by the tornado's might, Galveston, Texas
Photo 10: The great tornado at St. Louis, MO. and E. St. Louis, Ill's . May 27th 1896