Online Initiatives

The Digital Vaults

With a database of some 1,200 documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other materials and a keywording system that visually links records, the Digital Vaults website lets you customize your exhibit experience and create posters, movies, and games that can be shared by email. If you want to know more, each record in the Digital Vaults is also linked to the National Archives research database.

DocsTeach

DocsTeach is an interactive website and a free app for the Apple iPad that features thousands of documents from the holdings of the National Archives, as well as tools that encourage users to interact with and learn more about those records.

Seven tools featured on DocsTeach are designed to teach specific historical thinking skills, including weighing evidence, interpreting data, and focusing on details. Each employs interactive components such as puzzles, scales, maps, and flowcharts that teachers and students can tailor to their needs.

For classroom use, educators can browse or search for documents and activities, customize any activity to fit the needs of a unique classroom, create a new activity with its own web address, and save and organize activities in an account to share with students. After participating in an activity, DocsTeach allows students to submit their work to their teacher via email.

DocsTeach is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with the generous support of Texas Instruments.