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Library of Congress better than ever! Standards alignment! Web 2.0 tools! (and some other great stuff)

The Library of Congress has always had great lesson plans for social studies teachers.  And now all those incredible goodies are sporting new duds. The LOC has updated its teacher page and added a couple of really nice features.

The lessons, all developed by teachers and tested in classrooms, now have a more consistent structure and a streamlined new look. Plus the LOC has made it easier to find useful lessons and share those lessons with others.

Searching by Standards

Users can now search all of the Library’s classroom materials by state standard. Teachers simply select their grade level, state, and subject taught to discover which of the Library’s classroom materials (primary source sets, lesson plans, Collection Connections, presentations, and activities) meet the relevant standards.  In addition, each individual teacher resource will have a link that will show which standards it meets.

Very sweet!

Sharing Resources

It’s now easier for teachers to share and save their favorite Library of Congress teacher resources. Every item on the Library’s site features a sharing toolbar that lets teachers quickly and easily share or bookmark that item via more than ten different Web 2.0 tools including Facebook, Twitter and Delicious.

My favorite is the ability to quick save what you find to the very cool myLOC site. The myLOC is the Library’s way of allowing you to keep all of your LOC stuff in one place.

This toolbar also provides easy ways to save, e-mail, print and embed links in web sites.

RSS Features

The Library has been very active in finding ways to connect via social media / networks. You can check out all kinds of goodness at their YouTube site, Facebook, Flickr and iTunes U. You can also stay connected via their very nice RSS feeds by clicking any of the Subscribe buttons located throughout the site.

The Library of Congress site for teachers has always been a no-brainer because of its wonderful content. And now, it’s even easier and faster to use.

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