Having students transcribe actual historic documents for museums, universities and libraries is a pretty cool learning project for students – it’s certainly an authentic audience.
I have many sites that teachers can use at The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts.
Here are five more that I’m adding to the list:
From The Page has about a zillion different projects to choose from….
Fix It + is a little different – you listen to historic public broadcast shows and fix computer generated transcripts of them.
Newberry Transcribe has a ton of documents from the 19th and early 20th century.
The New York Public Library also has a project that’s a little different. They have a bunch of oral histories that need to be transcribed.