April 28, 2015 Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets

Sets Cover the Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow and Segregation, and Children’s Lives at the Turn of the 20th Century

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Website: Student Discovery Sets

As teachers begin planning for the next school year, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on and explore some of its most valuable treasures through its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

The Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history and science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details and make notes about what they discover.

The Library’s latest Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad and can be downloaded free of charge on iBooks. These sets cover the Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow and Segregation, and Children’s Lives at the Turn of the 20th Century. They join six previously published sets on the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance and Understanding the Cosmos.

With a swipe of a finger, learners can peer into 19th-century factories, zoom in on the faces of child laborers, and walk with civil-rights activists as they march against racial segregation. Using the portability that tablets bring, students can hand their work to a classmate to collaborate.

The objects in the Student Discovery Sets are primary sources—items created by eyewitnesses to history. From Galileo’s drawings of the moon to Zora Neale Hurston’s plays to Thomas Edison’s films, these maps, songs, posters, piece of sheet music and iconic images immerse students in history, culture and science and give them the power to explore.

The sets are designed for students, providing easy access to open-ended exploration. A teacher’s guide for each set, with background information, teaching ideas` and additional resources, is one click away on the Library’s website for teachers, www.loc.gov/teachers/. Regular tips and resources for teachers are available on the Teaching with the Library of Congress Twitter feed, @TeachingLC.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 160 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.


PR 15-073
ISSN 0731-3527