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.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in June.
Harvard University’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to virtually walk through archaeological sites and examine artifacts that might otherwise be inaccessible. The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston–Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (c. 1904–1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use.
The East of the Rockies app is an experiential augmented reality (AR) story written by Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War.