Educational Websites: 1. http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/knowledge/home_set.html
This is an interactive knowledge and learning site from the British Museum on Ancient Greece. This site contains a background story to tab through and read, an explore section highlighting major contributors from Ancient Greece as well as a challenge game suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. The layout is engaging and covers all aspects of Ancient Greece in a friendly and entertaining manner. This would be a great educational resource for a project on Ancient Greece and/or for a treasure hunt game on the web.
This is the official “Get Set” London 2012 education program website for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is the” go to” website for parents, teachers, students, and educators. This colorful website is loaded with resources, ideas, and opportunities to pursue and search for any topic, team, or country related to the upcoming Olympics. The inspirational films, research findings, layout, and ease of use make this a fantastic website for any Olympic themed unit. I could spend hours digging into all the options on this website which contains a user-friendly search engine for additional searches, games, etc.
This is an animated educational site containing games, power points, lesson plans, and video clips related to Ancient Greece and many other topics in the social studies curriculum. It has specific sections for students and teachers. There are many resources for themed lesson plans and the Ancient Greece timeline template would be very useful to include in a unit on this civilization. The one downside is that some of the videos and links have been removed or take you to websites that are no longer active.
This is a general educational website for educators and students on all aspects of social studies. It contains information on a broad variety of topics including an entire tab on Ancient Greece that will link to other locations for specific topics. It is easy to navigate and includes games and activities as well. A few of the links are no longer active but, in general, the website would be useful for a variety of ages and a great resource for supplementing most social studies units.
This all-inclusive site on Ancient Greece contains a wealth of general information on geography, mythology, culture, society, art, the Olympics, and the people of this era. The time periods tab and glossary of term are also useful for laying a foundation for study on Ancient Greece. It would be a great site to include for a fact-finding exercise or for a web treasure hunt activity. It also provides numerous pictures and essays related to Ancient Greece that would be useful for creating an interdisciplinary unit.
Informational Websites: 1. http://www.teamusa.org/
This is the official Olympic Team USA website that provides all kinds of information and personal stories related to the U.S. Olympians. It has video links, personal narratives, and links to each particular sport represented in the Olympics. This would be interesting for students because they might already be familiar with some of the athletes or like to know more about their own country’s team. It also provides great photos and highlights from the past as well as the current status of many of the athletes preparing for the upcoming London 2012 summer games. It contains many photographs.
This PBS website is very broad and is particularly useful for searching on videos and other images related to an array of topics. It is useful for finding added background information on Ancient Greece and has lesson plans, ideas, and resources for both teachers and students, along with follow up links. It can be distracting for students, however, due to the types of videos, news clips, headlines, and other visual items of interest. It would be best for supplementing a unit although the lesson plans are very well-designed. Educators should review and narrow the information on this website before introducing it as a resource to students. It is a public network open to cover any topic of interest and isn’t designed specifically for students like other sites. PBS kids is a bit more suitable and might be a better place to start in the PBS options for safety of content material, and it includes many educational interactive options. It is also suitable for lower grades.
This is the BBC website for news and information along with tabs for history including Ancient history. The information on the Ancient Greeks is very informative and comprehensive with many recent updates. This site would be great for providing background information for teachers preparing a unit or for students working on projects (also great for current events). It does provide additional links as well but not all of them are still available. This site contains information on any topic covered in broadcasting so students could easily get distracted and off task. An educator would have to help students navigate this site appropriately, but the information on history is well done with nice illustrations.
This is the history channel website that allows you to search on all topics related to history such as Olympics or Ancient Greece, and it contains volumes of information about specific dates in history with time lines and multimedia options. The photo galleries and video clips are well-done and would be great supplements to many themed units. This site could also easily distract students with so many other topics easily accessible, including current headlines and controversial topics. An educator would have to help students navigate this site appropriately. It has so many options that one could easily get lost in this site as well.
This website contains information about famous Olympic athletes. If a student wanted to study a specific athlete this would be a good starting point. It also includes statistics and background information on the Olympic movement. Searches can be done on a sport, country, or athlete. It provides a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of the Olympic Games, specifically on the committees and systems that are in place to keep the Olympic movement sustained. It is current in regards to the upcoming games in London. It contains all medalists since 1896 and information about the Youth Olympic Games as well.