12 December 2014

UNC, Ancestry.com collaborate to create new history teaching guide -- Family History in the Classroom

For years our local genealogical community has talked about how it would be so great if teachers used family history as a means of teaching history in our local schools.  I know that my favorite way to learn history is through the stories of the people I research (though, a good museum is a close second for me!)

Well, using family history as a means of teaching history has just gotten easier.  There was a “collaboration between Ancestry.com and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education’s outreach arm, LEARN NC, to create a multimedia how-to guide for teachers to use family history resources in their classrooms.” 

You can download the textbook as an ibook or in PDF format via this page.

Accessing Ancestry, Newspapers.com, and the Fold3.com databases, the involved educators reflected on their experience and the textbook provides resources for other educators to create their own family history classroom experiences in this enhanced digital textbook which features video, images, interactive presentations, and downloadable handouts.

Share this with the elementary and middle school teachers that you know.  You just might be paving the way to a future generation excited by both history and family history.

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