Monday, March 27, 2006

Order in the Court: An Electronic Field Trip from Colonial Williamsburg
Here we have the type of interactive we'd like to see much more of. Why?
1) It involves people. History education has become a littany of themes and concepts - boring.
2) It tells stories. You hear each participant's side, and you learn about each one.
3) It requires students to make choices.
4) It reflects big issues, but gets students involved in the lives of everyday people.
If you can find the context page for this interactive, let us know. Younger students would be interested in learning about what a hogshead is and should maidens be dunked for singing bawdy songs. Older students should engage in more discussion of the evolution of civil rights - and the obligations of all of us to work with the laws of the day.

Pedagogical qusetions: Is reading ok for an interactive? Or would sound be much more preferable? Do students get enough feedback and reward to keep them interested? Are we getting enough reinforcement of exactly when and where this occurred? What else could be added to allow students to learn more of the settings and laws of the day?

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