The Library of Congress recently made available six interactive ebooks for use by educators, students, and the public. The books, referred to as the Student Discovery Set, cover a range of topics including: the Constitution, the Dust Bowl,the Harlem Renaissance, Immigration, Symbols of the United States, and Understanding the Cosmos. The books are available for the iPad and can be downloaded for free on iBooks.
Each book includes 15-20 primary sources. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details and make notes about what they discover. The end of each book provides a detailed list of citation information for each source, as well as link to it within the Library of Congress collections.
This set is of interest to us in DPS for a couple of reasons. It serves as an interesting model of publishing content using the iBook format, something we are also currently investigating. It also demonstrates the power of curating digital collections as open educational resources for use in classrooms.