Saturday, June 23, 2012

Website Spotlight: America in 1607: Jamestown and the Powhatan


Website URL:http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/05/jamestown/jamestown-standalone

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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The entire website is navigable from the main URL: 
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/05/jamestown/jamestown-standalone

Click on "Skip Intro" to get into the site.


I ask the students to work through the two main parts of this website:

1. "Explore Jamestown"

Click on these categories (at the top of the main screen):

Explore the Fort
Life and death at Jamestown
Surviving in the New World
What's Cooking?
Impact of colonization
A fort reveals its secrets
Exploring the New World

Click on these categories at the bottom of the screen:

More Images
More Videos

2. "Explore Werowocomoco"

Click on these categories (at the top of the main screen)

Explore Werowocomoco
Finding Powhatan's village
Who were the Powhatans?
Indian interactions with settlers
What's cooking?
Indian perspectives today?

Click on these categories at the bottom of the screen:

More Images
More Videos

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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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