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States and Capitals

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Access comprehensive information about the 50 States and Capitals.
Material Type: Reference Material
Date Added to MERLOT: October 10, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 23, 2012
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Submitter: Emily Gourlay

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Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Jason Kunka
8 years ago

Jason Kunka (Student)

I found this website to be very useful and extremely easy to use. The format of the site is very plan which adds to the ease of use. By simply clicking on a state, there is a plethora of information that would be beneficial for any user. A user can choose from over 60 subgroups ranging from state capital, state bird, state song, surrounding states, the geographical location, the state flag, the highest point, and nickname just to name a few. I viewed about 15 states and it seems like any link I chose was working properly, so basically I did not come across any dead links. There is definitely more information than probably necessary for this site but you never known what some people are searching for, so having everything in front of you is a plus. All the links connect to relevant and useful sites.

Using this as a teaching tool would be very effective. A teacher could assign each student a state and have the student report on key characteristics of their state. The student can then report their findings during a presentation. I think this would be a fun activity for the class and it would introduce useful information. It is important that all citizens of any country know the demographics and at least the state capital of each state. You would be surprised by the number of people who do not know their state capitals for the US. The Internet offers resources that were not available 10-15 years ago that students can use and I think this website is a must for any teacher looking for a useful technological medium for introducing the states to a class.

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As I said earlier, the site is very easy to use and I had no trouble navigating the site. This is beneficial for young students who may not have a grasp of the Internet. They can simply click on a state and stick to it without getting lost with dead links. And if they do get lost they can simply hit the HOME button on the bottom of each page.
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