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National Archives Education Specialist Visit Norris Students and Classes.

Monday, April 16, 2012

This one hits pretty close to home! I thought I would just publish our press release here, but you need to know how fortunate I feel that Norris Students have the opportunity to experience not only the National Archives, but an educator who commands the respect of every student he has taught and every educator that comes in contact with him. We are fortunate that he is able to reach our children from around the country by offering over 250 video conferences to schools from New York to California. If you are reading this from a school district that has not utilized his services, now might be the time to check out this great resource for your school.

Press Release:
National Archive Education Specialist Making Local Ties to Norris Students.
Firth, Nebraska 4-16-12.

David L. Rosenbaum, an education specialist at the National Archives in Washington, DC., visited with students at Norris High school on April 12th and 13th.  His presentation during Mr. Rick Koenig’s ninth grade American History Classes focused on the vast resources available through the National Archives and using the many primary resources that are available through the archives.

Mr. Koenig’s classes have connected with Mr. Rosenbaum and the National Archives for several years through video conferencing. Norris schools have utilized video conferencing resources for the past twelve years and have included the National archives for the past three years since since their program started. Mr. Rosenbaum was instrumental in the development of the distance learning and video conferencing programs at the Archives. As he stated, “It’s great getting back in the classroom as well as getting to meet the staff and students that I often only get to meet through video conferencing.”

Mr. Erskine, Technology Coordinator at Norris Schools, knew Mr. Rosenbaum from his days teaching at Tri County. “Mr. Rosenbaum is a master teacher. I was fortunate enough to teach with Dave, and was blessed that he taught and worked with my children.”  As Mr. Erskine noted, We are fortunate to have these kinds of resources to bring into our classrooms.  Internet, video conferencing, distance education and a variety of technology tools enhance the curriculum throughout Norris Schools.

Mr. Rosenbaum has been with the Archives since 2007. His primary duties include video conferencing, scheduling teacher groups that come to the National Archives during the year, conducting teacher workshops & outreach presentations, monitoring the Boeing Learning Center, providing tours for educational groups, and researching/creating teaching activities which focus on the use of primary sources.  A native of Albion, Nebraska, Rosenbaum is a long time educator, having taught Social Studies and coached in Nebraska for 27 years at Tri County Schools in DeWitt. He taught a Social Studies Methods class for Doane College from 1994-2004. Rosenbaum obtained his BA in Secondary Education/Social Sciences and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

Dave's Top Eleven Stops on Archives Website
Top Eleven Valuable Tools
@ www.Archives.Gov

11. Digital Vaults- NEW!-

The National Archives new "Digital Vaults" exhibit delivers an online experience that is unlike any other. With
a database of some 1,200 documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other materials and a keywording
system that visually links records, the Digital Vaults enables visitors to customize their exhibit experience and
to create posters, movies, and games that can be shared by e-mail.

Presidential Libraries present vast archives of documents, museums full of important Presidential artifacts,
interesting educational and public programs, and informative web sites.

The National Archives is more than just the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Our holdings are
located in a nationwide network across the United States. Our Regional Archives provide a glimpse into the
history of our country through documents, photographs and artifacts found only in their unique holdings.

Many helpful articles including; guidelines for using primary sources, how primary sources help teach and
reinforce historical thinking skills, suggested methods for integrating primary sources into classroom instruction,
some universal truths about teaching with documents, and what you can do with resources from the National

7. America’s Historical Documents

The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. Here are twenty
great examples from our most celebrated milestones to little-known surprises.

You will find four pages of unique exhibits past and present at the National Archives. Each one is filled with
great information, many documents, and appealing visual displays.

You will find amazing articles and background information on America’s BIG THREE; the Declaration of
Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. There are high resolution images, information on the Founding
Fathers, the Faulkner Murals, and a chance to join the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

4. Lesson Plans & Analysis Worksheets

This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of
the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for
Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.

Learn about engaging workshops, videoconferences, and summer institutes for teachers.

To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. Updated- more user-friendly! Nearly 130,00 digitized documents.

Contact Info for your School:

National Archives and Records
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

Contact Dave Rosenbaum- Education Specialist
202-357-5077 office
202-357-5377 videoconference room

Videoconference Request form on our website:

Workshop Topics
United States Constitution (Document Analysis)
Introduction to NARA
Teaching with Documents (Teachers/Staff)
Article II The Presidency
Article III The Supreme Court
Famous American Speeches
The Great Depression
Transportation (Elementary)
Tour of the Nation’s Capital (Elem/MS)

Some more tech resources for educators

Friday, April 6, 2012

25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms

7 Resources for Teaching and Learning Anatomy and Physiology

Some slidesharing and screencasting options

Language arts - activity and worksheet generator 

Want CAPS LOCKS on your chromebook: just press Shift+Search to enable & disable

7 Resources for Developing Typing Skills

Want to share a screen with a class? or try:

Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps -

PearlTree is a really cool web tool and site and you HAVE to checkout this PearlTree of apps: