Using Digital Primary Sources and Technology Tools to Engage Students in Inquiry and Project-Based Learning
Wednesday, March 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Location: Hermitage C
Abstract: A digital history project called the Plantation Letters is designed to inform students about the community experiences of enslaved persons living on multiple plantations owned by the Cameron family of North Carolina. The project models promising technology-enhanced instructional practices through the use of primary sources to engage students in inquiry and project-based learning. The collection of resources and lesson ideas are particularly relevant for social studies teachers and teacher educators, but lessons can be applied across interdisciplinary subject areas. Online project artifacts include: strategies for employing primary sources in the classroom to teach students about antebellum plantation life for enslaved persons, a search tool for the Plantation Letters database to extract relevant documents by identified themes, and a professional Ning network for educators interested in discussing applications of the Plantation Letters.