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1066 (and all that)

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There is a great history site, called Hands on History, on the BBC covering Norman times. There’s a clickable map that shows up lists of interesting activities across Britain relating to Normans. But of particular interest is the downloads page, which has a host of pdf with things to do with children, including building a Motte and Bailey castle, information sheets with what to look for in Norman churches and castles, and a 1066 Battle of Hastings game for 7-11 year olds to play.

BBC Hands on History downloads page

There’s also a free Normans pull-out timeline to send off for.

Perhaps for the older children there is an online strategy battle game of 1066 from Channel 4.

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Myths and legends of Britain

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This is an interesting storytelling site full of old legends and myths from around the British Isles.

On top of this you can create your own stories using the online creator. It’s pretty intuitive to use.

You can view stories created by others via the creator.

Kahn Academy

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I have to take my hat off to Sal Kahn for a truly immense resource. What he has achieved with the Kahn Academy is nothing short of incredible.

He’s single handedly generated 1000+  instructional videos covering subjects including:

What a wealth of information. This has to be place in the category alongside Academic Earth and Udemy.

FuseBox – Understanding electricity

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Vic Voltage is the cartoon character set to help primary or elementary school children around the Fusebox site about electricity and its history, using interactive flash games, activities and general information.

There are circuit boards to create using drag-and-drop components. You can see how three common electrical things work in the home. There’s a section on safety, which took me back to a public information film of the 70s. You can also play an electrically themed version of hangman.

The site is created by CE Electric UK who supply electricity to many homes in the UK, so they should know what they’re talking about.

A History of the World in objects

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A History of the World in 100 Objects‘ is a site created by the BBC in conjunction with the British Museum that uses pictures of objects from the Museum to illuminate the story of humankind.

The format of the site takes you through history by drawing the images towards you. On the right hand side is a timeline, with a slider to take you to a specific period of time. There are also up and down arrows to click at the bottom centre of the screen to navigate through the time periods.

Clicking on any of these images highlights that object in a window. You can then click for additional information.

Down the left hand site you can use the categories to identify objects. The categories are:

  • Location
  • Theme

  • Culture
  • Size
  • Colour
  • Material

You can also use the Basic Explorer view to investiage the site.

Art history

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Smarthistory is an interesting site (historically categorized into different periods) that not only displays images of over 200 art works, but have well informed, engaging discussions as embedded audio.

ART

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August 5, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Stories about Making the Modern World

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This Science Museum site provides stories from history that have helped to shape the way we live today.

Site link: Making the Modern World

MTMW

Written by markuos

July 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm