In June 2017, the Library of Congress debuted two collections featuring artifacts from 21st-century online culture. The Webcomics Web Archive features popular comics, such as Hyperbole and a Half, Dinosaur Comics! and Hark! A Vagrant—all with diverse art and offbeat humor that have captured large audiences since the medium launched with the dawn of the internet. The Web Cultures Web Archive has everything from urban legends to image macros, emoji to lolcats. The collection was put together by a group of scholars with the intent of documenting how the internet helps people create and share 21st-century folklore—today’s versions of nursery rhymes, chain letters, and riddles.
A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.
Jumpstart PD is a learning platform that combines the neuroscience of Universal Design for Learning with the mindset of culturally sustaining pedagogy to provide equity-focused professional learning that measurably changes practice and outcomes.
The Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K–12 Black history education. The Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Black history in both history and humanities courses, preK–grade 12.