National Archives DocsTeach 4+

National Archives and Records Administration

Designed for iPad

    • 2.5 • 2 Ratings
    • Free

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DocsTeach is the app for learning with documents, from the U.S. National Archives. Students can enter a classroom code to access and complete activities assigned to them, or choose from a selection of learning activities by historical era.

The app works alongside the website, where educators can find or create primary source-based activities to share with students either on the website or on their iPads.

For Students:
• Complete activities assigned by your teacher using the classroom code provided.
• Or choose an era and challenge yourself with an activity.
• Inspect and analyze digitized primary sources in high resolution.
• Engage in activities that help you make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using historical documents from the holdings of the U.S. National Archives.

For Educators:
• Create a classroom of engaging activities in your free account on the website, then share the classroom’s auto-generated code with your students to access on their iPads.
• Include your favorite activities created by the National Archives or other educators.
• Design your own activities to share using the custom activity-creation tools: Discussion Topic, Spotlight, Zoom/Crop, Compare and Contrast, White Out/Black Out, Finding a Sequence, Making Connections, Mapping History, Seeing the Big Picture, Weighing the Evidence, and Interpreting Data.
• Learn more at
• Register for a free account at

DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents from the U.S. National Archives. It is a product of the National Archives education division and made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of Texas Instruments, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Capital One.

What’s New

Version 3.1.1

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Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

kcwookie ,

Not well done

I downloaded this app because I wanted to learn from original documents. I was very disappointed for a lot of reasons. First, the app makes very poor use of the features of the iPad. It looks like it was designed for a computer, then ported to this device. The operation is very sluggish, not even beginning to be smooth.

I was very disappointed in the educational aspect of it also. There's no method of self-evaluation available in this app. When it was designed, I'm sure that teachers in the classroom for the primary target. The problem is they give users the belief that they can self-learn.

This app looks like a wonderful example of work done by the low bidder.

168648329 ,

A great need, but an emerging app with lots of bugs

I love that this website is now available as an app. However, with 1/4 of the screen missing- I cannot fully experience the app. Please correct this issue. Also, the app does not orientate from landscape to portrait.

jonnyp543 ,


Would be really cool on my iPad but about 1/4 of the app isn't on the screen. Even when I rotate it stays locked and I can't read or use part of the screen. Please fix!

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The developer, National Archives and Records Administration, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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