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Using digitised primary sources across the curriculum

Yesterday's webinar saw Suzie Vesper from Digistore and Dylan Owen from the National Library come together to walk us through the many digital resources available - that can enhance learning opportunities for our students.

Dylan started by clarifying the difference between primary sources (first hand account) and secondary sources (second-hand interpretation) that are deemed historical artifacts. Primary sources being those artifacts that relay personal information, rarely contained in books/articles. These include: Artifacts, letters, photos, diaries, articles, recordings, grave stones, newspaper items, telegrams, recordings, movie clips, postcards, church records, compact discs, map, email, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.

Secondary sources are those that relay primary experiences and information.

Dylan went on to share specific examples - that help us to build up a picture of events about our heritage, historical and cultural past in New Zealand. These included; personal letters, advertising posters sitting in The National Digital Heritage Archive as well as examples of cartoons archived in the National Library of New Zealand as well as TV advertisements compiled in DigitalNZ Ā-Tihi o Aotearoa.

Suzie also shared the resources available in Digistore which includes; video clips, short films, static images, illustrations. All of which, is accompanied by educational value statements, for how these resources can best be used with students.

Comments from participants in the webinar included:

So many resources sitting hidden away!

Certainly interesting and very searchable.

This is such a wonderful space/spaces can add such variety to your class programme.

All of these will add such authenticity to learning.

One final note is, whenever you use these resources, cite your source, check for any conditions or restrictions and respect the material, the creator and the subject. All good Digital citizenship attributes.

Playback link for this session can access directly HERE.


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