Saturday, June 23, 2012

Website Spotlight: Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe


Website URL: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/small_exhibition.cfm?key=126&exkey=244

"Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings"
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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 work through each of the screens on this website:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/small_exhibition.cfm?key=126&exkey=244

To access each new screen, use either the drop-down box at the top right of the screen or the "previous/next" at the bottom of each screen: 

Unsettling the Continent
Thinking about Language
New Settlements
Thinking about Early Settlements
Trade, Diplomacy, and Warfare
Thinking about Names
New Economies
Labor Systems
Thinking about identity
New Societies
Thinking about Numbers
Spiritual Life
Thinking about Conversion
Expanding Empires
Thinking about Maps
The Year is 1700

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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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