Use in Schools
Educational applications of the Maine Memory Network abound, particularly now that Maine's seventh and eighth graders have their own laptops as part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. The Maine Historical Society's Education Department has developed the For Schools section of the Maine Memory Network into a popular destination for Maine's educators.
Filling a great need for local, relevant, primary sources, the Maine Memory Network provides teachers and students access to historical items and documents from their own communities and from other parts of the state. Each item has a useful description, and each manuscript is fully transcribed.
Teachers can download lesson plans and access ready-made item packets on Maine history topics, including historical items to accompany Finding Katahdin, the state's new Maine history textbook published by the University of Maine Press. The Maine Memory Network is the sole source for the Finding Katahdin Resource Guide; over 500 pages of lesson plans and activities that accompany the textbook are provided free of charge. Other teacher resources are being developed.
With the websites online tools, teachers can create and save their own collections of documents to teach local and national history. For example, they can create their own online slideshows to illustrate Maine history in the classroom, or students can create online projects and email them to teachers or fellow students as class projects.
Seven highly successful community projects were completed in 2003-2004, where students collaborated with local historical societies to create content and exhibits for the Maine Memory Network. This has lead to a new education initiative, the Maine Community Heritage Project, where over a two-year period, communities and schools will collaborate to research the history of their towns, and working with staff from the Maine Historical Society, develop online resources for the Maine Memory Network. The end result will be a partnership model and technological infrastructure to enable communities across the state to develop similar partnerships, create their own Community Heritage Galleries, and share their history on the Maine Memory Network.
Learn more in the For Schools section of this website.