'Teaching Gutenberg' Web site for Educators


The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed with movable type, a process invented by Johann Gutenberg (ca. 1499-1468) in Germany. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin purchased an original Gutenberg Bible in 1978 for $2.4 million, and recently developed a Web site specifically for elementary and secondary school educators called Teaching Gutenberg. The site features information about the inventor and the early history of printing; facts about the Gutenberg Bible; books created before and after Gutenberg's Bible, including early writing technology and materials, from cuneiform tablets to medieval illuminated manuscripts; learning activities for students; and teacher resources.