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Press Release
April 11, 1997
The National Archives and Records Administration's Digital Classroom Expands

Washington, D.C. . . The National Archives and Records Administration announces the expansion of the Digital Classroom on its website. The Digital Classroom is designed for educators and students at all levels. Located in the Visitor's Gallery on NARA's home page, it features five sections: Primary Sources and Activities, Research and National History Day, Publications, Professional Development, and Limited Engagement. The URL is http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/.

The Digital Classroom offers online lessons developed by education specialists that feature archival documents and promote the development of critical thinking skills. Currently, these studies focus on the Zimmerman telegram transmitted during World War I, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to increase the number of Justices on the Supreme Court during the 1930s, the civil rights activities of Jackie Robinson and the Watergate break-in. Accompanying the documents is historical background and a wide range of teaching activities that correlate to the National Standards for History and suggest cross-curricular connections. All aspects of the lessons—including the digitized images of the original documents—are designed for easy downloading, printing and photocopying for classroom use.

Other new features for students include step-by-step activities about the holdings of the National Archives, instructions on how to conduct research and strategies for composing inquiries that will generate helpful responses from archivists.

Educators will find valuable information on educational publications and professional development opportunities available through the National Archives.

As the Digital Classroom continues to evolve, it provides educators and students with online access to essential learning tools and teaching methodologies. You are invited to visit often.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail at public.affairs@nara.gov. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.archives.gov/.

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