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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Teaching History.org

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2014 by History Editorial Board
Overview: The website www.teachinghistory.org is an interactive history website for students in elementary, middle and high school. Its interface is appealing and easy to use.
Learning Goals: To enable students to access research,lessons,quizzes and videos on various history topics found in the elementary, middle and high school syllabus.
Target Student Population: K through 12th grade. Much of this can also be incorporated into the college history classroom at the freshman level (ex., survey courses.)
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: This website allows for scaffolding of knowledge so limited previous knowledge is required. Access to a computer and internet and a teacher to guide elementary students maybe necessary.
Type of Material: Learning Resource
Recommended Uses: Designing lessons for US history at all levels of student use throughout grade school (K-12.) Pre-made/ready-to-use lessons, with occasional links to outside websites (for both student and teacher use) are provided.
Technical Requirements: Standard browser such as IE, Mozilla, Chrome, etc..., Flash Player and ActiveX. There are also modules and resources to pull in ancillary software such as Moodle, Ning, Edmodo, and SurveyMonkey for classroom use

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The website is very interactive and easy to use. It is a wealth of information for history students and teachers. The website contains high quality history material.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This website can be used to quiz history content, and that is its greatest strength.It is also easy to access.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: www.teachinghistory.org is easy to use and very graphically appealing.
Concerns: None