The Star Spangled Banner is an interactive site that provides information on the
history of the banner and its preservation. The site includes a flag history quiz, bibliography, educational materials for grades K-8 and high school, and links to other related sites.
Type of Material:
The site is interactive and includes clickable digitized pictures, historical information and primary source documents as well as the expert opinions based on the evidence provided on the site.
This site could provide a learning object for a class on the War of 1812, patriotism or the development of the American flag. Students can test their knowledge of the site by taking the quiz.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn about the history of the star spangled banner and the American Flag. To acquaint students with the preservation efforts underway to keep the Flag available for future generations to see.
Target Student Population:
The site provides lessons for K-8 students, and is working on a high school assignment but it could also be used by American history survey classes.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This site does not require any prerequisite knowledge. Some knowledge about United States history during the War of 1812 would be helpful.
Evaluation and Observation
This site is well designed, easy to use, and the content is first class. The sources and information are excellent and the site itself is visually attractive. The addition of a bibliography and links to other related sites makes it particularly useful. It also stimulates interest in historic preservation and museum studies. Students can learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and how to develop historic based opinion.
The site does not offer assignments for college level survey courses.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site makes an excellent learning object to enhance a course. Teachers can either download some of the information or link to the web in the classroom. Although the materials are for grades K-8 and high school, they could be adapted for a college level survey course in United States history. Both a reading list and web site links are offered.
Students should take the entire quiz instead of learning the answers after each question.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is an easy site to navigate, and the links between the topics work very well. Almost anyone can navigate this site easily. No special software or plugins needed.
Other Issues and Comments:
Very well done site. Attractive, quick, and easy to use. The information is nested but there is not so much that a student would lose interest before gaining optimum knowledge about the flag.