Try anther one -
Posted 22 September 2002 - 12:54 PM
A few minutes spent quickly browsing through shows that there is so much excellent stuff here.
I looked at the Elizabeth I and Henry VIII pages. They are readable for most Year 7s or 8s and have excellent pictures.
I am always looking for sites to direct students to with their research via links on my site, and this site will definitely start getting visits from Passmores students in the near future.
Edited after addition of photo.
His photo simply enhances my view of this man! He is an absolute star. His shirt alone is enough to give him all the gravitas I need to trust everything he says or writes.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 12:56 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments - perhaps this could also form part of your 'powerful people' lesson?
Posted 22 September 2002 - 01:00 PM
Mr Sedivy or the historical characters on his site?
Posted 22 September 2002 - 01:09 PM
One great thing is for interpretations - they way historical events are viewed from a slightly different prespective.
Looking through the above site you can see that hours and hours of work has gone into it - every section leads to quality detail upon detail.
Let's find some more sites like this! One which I can known about for some time is http://www.historyteacher.net, although this has undergone a redesign since I last paid a visit. See the Ten Commandments of Historical Writing at the site.
Similarly, I know for a fact that our New Zealand colleagues are leading the way with interactive teaching materials. Anyone found anything. I also know that the Guardian's http://www.learn.co.uk site recruited South African teachers to author their KS4 interactive history lessons.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 03:11 PM
On the Henry VIII page he has Edward reigning from age 15 to 21 (the six years after he died!). As for Elizabeth bringing prosperity - Ok maybe for some, but what about the major problems of begging and near starvation for many years of her reign.
I think I will think twice before getting pupils to use the site for research without some caveats.
perhaps his loud shirts dazzle his view of the notes or books he was using at the time
Posted 22 September 2002 - 03:37 PM
There seem to be too many oversimplifications and inaccuracies for my liking - though the images used are good.
I'm not a great fan of American Teachers' sites I'm afraid. [Even Universtiy sites are sometimes inaccurate on English/British history] and from what I have seen there's nothing to touch the sites being produced by the people who contribute to this Forum.
If the images here are in the public domain I'll 'borrow' them but I don't think I shall be pointing my kids in that direction. Not even from the 'interpretations' point of view.
Sorry, guys. For once I disagree with you.
Edited to say that the discussion had moved on whilst I was looking at the site.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 03:51 PM
Related BBC story:
As regards our friend's site it is a shame. The inital look made it appear really impressive, especially with all the images. I suppose we will find that most of them break copyright as well.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 03:58 PM
Whatever turns you on
You still can't argue with the picture though.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 03:58 PM
"Go beyond the first impressions and a quick scan read to look in depth at the real quality of the site."
Despite the downgrading of the site during the thread, much useful stuff has come out of it.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 04:07 PM
I'd heard about this MIT initiative quite a while ago. It'll be interesing to see what History courses they put online.
Ok - try this one - should be more reliable. They are putting all of their university materials online for free (no cost at all) from September 30th
The whole idea is quite a mind-blowing one; I wonder what will happen to all the pay-for sites?
Also, I can only assume that MIT are rich enough to fund an initiative like this, but the start-up costs must be ginormous so I do worry rather about what may happen to small businesses running 'fringe' courses. Presumably they will find a niche market.
PS I am thinking of educational sites in the broadest sense here - not just those providing information about history.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 04:13 PM
The major publishers and other smaller providers of resources were up in arms. The threat to their income was obvious.
This is an interesting issue about the provision of free resources.
On a smaller scale, it could apply to the Schoolhistory et al. situation. Teacher produced resources shared for free challenge to some extent the textbook market. I know it is realtively small scale at present, although the figures of 2 500 downloads a day quoted by Andrew recently perhaps challenge that statement.
Posted 22 September 2002 - 04:22 PM
I'm also only tracking KS3 resources at the moment - I haven't got round to doing the others. Yesterday (Saturday) 1136 .pdfs were downloaded from the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 section.
I think the text book industry could very well be challenged here. I was approached by a text book producer and told to take two worksheets down off the site as they infringed copyright. I didn't realise they did, so obviously complied immediately. Yet they must have been looking to notice.
Around this time Dan suggested that we should approach the text-book producers to see if we could work together - Russel said simliar things. Despite doing so, I've heard nothing.
Again - the big element about all these sites is that they are run by teachers. All the stuff I've got online is for me to use and I'm happy to find it is useful for others as well!
The MIT thing - I think - will be bigger than the BBC. I believe much of the uproar about the BBC was that it would be government money that would go to them to help them establish a monopoly position. MIT are doing this by themseleves. One wonders whether this really is such a gesture of goodwill towards humanity though - surely they's something behind it?
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