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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2013 by History Editorial Board
Overview: This is the official presidential library website for John F. Kennedy. Contents include a digital archive with access to research material (texts/photographs/video) and educational information. Of special interest is an interactive virtual tour of the library and educational curriculum for teachers and students.
Learning Goals: • Students will analyze primary source material during the JFK presidency. • Students will understand the context of presidential decisions. • Students will identify key people and issues during the JFK presidency. • Students will evaluate the role and authority of the president. • Students will understand the presidential election process.
Target Student Population: High School, College
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Reference material
Recommended Uses: • In class • Homework • Research paper
Technical Requirements: Reviewed on Google Chrome * No special requirements noted

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: • Based on primary source material • Includes curricular material for teachers with extensive support material and complete procedures • Supports primary sources with commentary, photos and video
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: • Includes over ten pre-prepared lesson plans designed for various teaching environments and age levels • Includes interactive virtual tour of exhibits with audio commentary • Provides an overview of current and past exhibits with ability to link to additional information
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The instruction flows with the interest of the student. Each click goes a bit deeper into the content.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: • The virtual tour is a “must see” at the site • Teachers of elementary, middle, and high schools will be delighted to visit the EDUCATION tab for innovative lesson plans tailored for the classroom and homework assignments. • Searchable primary source material for the library