Apply to Participate in our K-12 Web Archiving Program!

August 1st, 2014

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Students from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia

We are excited to announce that this year we are accepting applications for new schools to join our K-12 Web Archiving Program. This program, jointly administered by Internet Archive and Library of Congress, provides the opportunity for students from 5th to 12th grades to select and save websites for future generations.

Now in its eighth year, the program provides a new perspective on saving history and culture, digital literacy, and critical thinking by having students make decisions about what “at risk” websites will be saved for posterity and actively work together to collect and describe those websites they deem worthy of long-term preservation. The program offers students a fun, interactive way to understand primary sources, use online archiving software, and contribute to how history is recorded. Since 2008, students from 30 schools from across the United States have preserved over 90 collections. Some examples of student collections include “A Day in the Life of a Camarillo Teenager” by 8th grade students at CAPE Charter School in Camarillo, California and the “Pashion for Fashion” collection by students at Public School 174 in Queens, New York City.

This year, new schools accepted to the program will have the chance to partner with one of our seven returning schools and leverage their knowledge and experience in this program. Our seven schools returning in 2014-2015 can be seen via the  2013-2014 Student Collections menu at the program’s webpage.

For schools that are interested in applying to join this year’s program, here are some key links and dates:

Key links:

Key dates:

  • Applications due: August 22, 2014
  • New Participating Schools Notified of Selection: August 29, 2014
  • Teacher Training, Program Set-ups, and Partnerships: September 2014
  • Program runs:  October 2014 – April 2015

As one 5th-grade student who previously participated in the program said: “My Web Archiving experience was amazing and will always be archived in my mind.” We encourage applications from teachers and schools interested in working with us and our partners to give  more students the chance to archive this amazing experience in their minds.