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[school-discuss] [fwd] k-12 archive the web!

Post by Peter Brantley (of the Internet Archive) on a
not-really-related list I'm subscribed to.  It's not
super-related to SchoolForge, but the audience here is
pretty appropriate. Enjoy!

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Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2010 15:58:30 -0700
From: Peter Brantley
Subject: k-12 archive the web!

Unrelated to the list (mostly) -

Please forward this message to any K-12 teachers you know. 
(Applications are due by July 2):

If you were a K-12 student, which websites would you want to save for 
future generations? What would you want people to look at 50 or even 
500 years from now?

These questions are central to the K12 Web Archiving Program, a 
partnership between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress. 
Now wrapping up its second year, with 12 schools in 11 states around 
the country, this innovative program provides a new perspective on 
saving history and culture, allowing students to actively participate 
and make decisions about what ?at-risk? website content will be saved. 
The decisions they make help them to develop an awareness of how the 
Web content they choose will become primary sources for future 
historians studying today's culture and events.

The program uses Archive-It, a web archiving service from the Internet 
Archive, to capture born-digital content from the Web to create ?time 
capsules.? Students decide on the scope of the collections as well as 
what specific websites to capture, and include a brief description of 
why it is important to preserve each of them. By allowing students to 
identify web content that will be preserved for the long-term, the 
program gives teens and younger students a chance to identify and 
document their cultural history and the world from their perspective. 
Unlike time capsules of tangible objects, which usually remain hidden 
for decades or centuries, the resulting Web collections are 
immediately visible and publicly accessible, with full text search for 
study and analysis.

Any teachers that are interested in this program are encouraged to 
visit the application website for more information and to fill out an 
application for the 2010/2011 school year. Applications are due by July 2.

To see collections that students have created in the first two years 
of the program, please visit the program website at 


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