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Today’s Document app review: a historical document archive full of rich content

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Introduction

Today’s Document is an iPhone and iPad app that provides daily documents for historic learning. There are hundreds of documents available that are easily zoomed in on for easier reading including President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell address and more.

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Today’s Document

Free

Daily Historical Documents

Today’s Document is an app that provides a great variety of documents pertaining to American history. Each day there is a new document to view, but you can also scroll forward or backward to continue reading. The document for today was an image of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was a portrait in Poughkeepsie, New York from January of 1887. From there, you can swipe back and forth to view previous days or future days. It means there’s never a forgotten day. If you didn’t have time to check the document from yesterday, just scroll back.

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There is also a search function, so if you’re doing a paper on a specific event, you can search. I searched The War of 1812 because I did a review on it yesterday and it was stuck in my head. This brought up three documents: Sail Plan for the Frigate USS Constitution; Capture of the City of Washington, August 1814; and Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814. As you can see, these aren’t an exact match, but they’re interesting.

Features

I mentioned the search option above in Today’s Document, but there are also share, favorite, and date select options. If you want more information on a specific document, there’s also an info button that includes links for further learning. As a teacher, I see the classroom value of this app. If you’re a teacher in the United States, this could be used from Grade Four and up. If you’re a teacher in Canada teaching American history, then you can use this for that class too. In Windsor, Ontario we are right across the river from Detroit, Michigan and in a lot of ways they are twin cities.  Although we’re a Canadian city with Canadian curriculum, our kids are taught Fahrenheit as well as Celsius, inches and feet as well as centimeters and meters, and they get more American history in elementary school than other areas. This app would be a nice supplement to assist with that.

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Today’s Document

Free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free
  • Daily historical documents for the history buff, teacher, or student
  • Scroll back and forth to view previous or future days
  • Search function
  • Info button for more information on the documents
  • Share and favorite for future reference

Cons

  • None found

Final Thoughts

Today’s Document is an iPhone and iPad app that has lots of American history documents at the ready in digestible daily clips. There is an info button if you want to learn more, as well as share and favorite options. There’s a text search and a date search, and this makes for a very user friendly app. Overall, they did a great job of developing and executing this app to be user-friendly and content-rich.

 

Today’s Document

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