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Interactive U.S. history series for tablets
As the new school year begins, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on and explore some of its most valuable treasures—all via a new set of free interactive eBooks for tablets.
|The Library of Congress|
The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to 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 first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover 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 the workshop where the Statue of Liberty was built, scrutinize George Washington’s notes on the Constitution, and zoom in on the faces of new arrivals at Ellis Island. 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, sheet music and iconic images immerse students in history, culture and science and give them the power to explore.
Apps of the Week
Explore the solar system
What is it? 3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers
Best for: Students and teachers
Requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
Features: Hold your phone or tablet to the sky and the new automatic orientation feature provides a virtual reality view using your device’s magnetometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope.
Sky 2D: locate planets with flat view of sky
Sky 3D: planetarium style view of the sky
Visibility: shows times when planets are visible
Globe: rotating 3D globe of planets and moon
Source: eSchool News