Barbara Kirby, project director for the Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) at Waynesburg University, will lend her expertise to a project creating online interactives and educational mobile apps for the Library of Congress’s TPS program.
The project, entitled “KidCitizen Expandable Mobile and Online Apps for Elementary grades on Congress and Civic Participation,” will focus on the development and delivery of extensible cross-platform apps for iOS and Android devices and web browsers designed for children in grades K-5.
The apps will be developed by Muzzy Lane Software, in conjunction with TPS Eastern Region partners Drs. Ilene and Michael Berson, professors of education at the University of South Florida. Kirby will provide valuable insights on primary source selection as well as teacher professional development and dissemination.
With the help from Kirby and the TPS at Waynesburg University team, the apps will provide authentic, age-appropriate interaction with primary source materials, based on research and pedagogy, engaging children in exploring civics and government concepts through historical sources, and connecting what they find with their daily lives.
The TPS program is the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program for teachers. The goal of the program is to provide professional development for teachers focused on enhancing their ability to embed digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress into inquiry-based instruction that builds student literacy, critical thinking skills and content knowledge.
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