Monday, September 26, 2011

Website Spotlight: Colonial House


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask my students to work through the following parts of this wonderful website:

Meet the Colonists

a. Verdecia House (involves former APU student Maddison Verdecia)
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/meet/meet_verdecia_maddison.html

b. Behind the Scenes: Colonial Life, Then and Now

Religion in the Colony
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/behind/religion.html

The Training
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/behind/training.html

c. About the Project: The Laws

Worship and Sabbath
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/rules_worship.html

d. Interactive History. Play around with a few of these fun quizzes:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/history/index.html

1. Would you have survived on the Colony?
2. 1628 Across the continent.
3. Dress Me Up
4. Fantastic Voyage

e. Educational Activities:

Cottage Quest Quiz
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/quiz_pop/cottage.html

Myth-Conceptions Quiz
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/quiz_pop/myth.html

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

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