Saturday, June 23, 2012

Website Spotlight: Battle of the Atlantic


Website URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/launch_gms_battle_atlantic.shtml

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 the students to do the following:

Take on the role of a Senior Officer Escort to guide a US convoy across the Atlantic ocean.

Work completely through the game.

Make sure you go to the Western Approaches Tactical Unit (WATU) training in Liverpool. Work through EACH of the six buttons.

After you have gone through the WATU training, then follow the link to the Operations Room to get ready to lead your convoy.

Play each of the three tactics (Creeping Attach, Raspberry, and Beta Search) to see the results.

How would you have felt if you had actually been in this role? Would you have rather been the convoy leader or the captain of the German submarine?

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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/World+War+II

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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