Students from NYC Public School 174, Queens
Students from Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground, WA
Students from Moran Middle School in Wallingford, CT reflect on their experiences in the K12 Web Archiving Program.
About the Program

The K12 Web Archiving Program was developed in 2008 with the Library of Congress and the Archive-It team at the Internet Archive. The program provides an opportunity for students - 3rd to 12th grade - to select and save websites for future generations (historians, scholars, their descendants, the general public) to look at 50,100, 500 years from now. The program is kicking off its sixth year with 7 schools in 7 states around the country.

The students' collections are available here for browsing and searching, and provide an informative, funny, and often touching view into their lives and preferences.

The innovative program provides a new perspective on saving history and culture, allowing students to actively participate and make decisions about what content will be saved, that might not be archived in the traditional archive environment. The decisions the students make help them develop an awareness of how the Web content they choose will become primary sources for future historians studying our lives. The program teaches critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving - essential life skills that students need today in order to be successful.

The program uses Archive-It, a web archiving service, to capture Web content to create collection time capsules. Students collaboratively decide the subjects for the collections and the specific websites to be captured, attaching a brief description to every one so that people in the future will know why they chose this content to be archived.

What teachers and students are saying

"The program was not about just saving the websites and links but archiving those for future usage and preventing from losing data."

"I loved how this project changed my students view of history. They felt empowered to speak for their generation about what was important at their school, in their community, and in the larger American culture. It brought real world learning into the classroom."

Learn More

To learn more about Archive-It, please visit our home page at //archive-it.org// or contact us.

To learn more about the Library of Congress NDIIPP initiative, please visit http://www.digitalpreservation.gov.

To learn more about the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program please visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers.