July 10, 2014
As an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, I often find myself sifting through a list of messy links on Google. I scour crowded Internet pages for background information on Of Mice and Men or the Great Depression. And all too often, after landing upon tens of amateur resources with suspect information, I end my search frustrated and empty-handed. During times like these, the Digital Public Library of America could be an extremely useful tool. The DPLA provides access to thousands of primary sources that teachers can incorporate into classroom units at the middle, high school, or higher-ed levels. This summer, I am researching ways that teachers can utilize the DPLA to enhance learning and encourage exploration in their classrooms.