lunes, 20 de agosto de 2012

Project "Change of Sponsor"

This is a a project intended for 1st and 2nd of ESO students elaborated by the corresponding teachers (us). The main topic is related to the Olympic Games in London 2012, but the project can easily be adapted and taught indedependently from this specific event since it deals with child labour exploitation of workers in sportswear production. We have carried it out during the pass of one term. The final product, a wiki, may be visualised through a link in the embedded material.

Good luck if you want to use it,

Our best wishes,

Anna Järner and Maria Antònia Ferragut
 Arce

jueves, 7 de junio de 2012

Llorenç Garcias i Font Social Studies Blog

This is the Social Studies blog of one of our teachers, in the IES Llorenç Garcias i Font, in Artà (Majorca). 
All materials have been designed by him although they all can be shared by other Social Studies teachers. All contents, which are aimed at second and fourth year students, can be found on the right bar of the blog, below each of the following sections:

a) List of Resources
b) Projects, tasks and activities
c) Interested in any Further Details?

There is no need for passwords to get access to these materials, but since all files are in pdf format Acrobat Reader is stricly necessary. If any of this material is used  it would be appreciated if you mention the source you got it from.

Oh no! I can't stand Social Studies

viernes, 1 de junio de 2012

Turning the Pages



Turning the Pages is an award-winning interactive display system developed by The British Library to increase public access and enjoyment of some of its most valuable treasures. Visitors are able to virtually "turn" the pages of manuscripts in a realistic way, using touch-screen technology and animation. There are currently fifteen treasures on display in Turning the Pages and several coincide with the Medieval period: Pinnacle of Anglo-Saxon Art depicts the priceless Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the most magnificent manuscripts of the early Middle Ages. The Lisbon Hebrew Bible depicts Jewish cultural life in Portugal prior to expulsion and forced conversions in December 1496. The Sherborne Missal is the largest, late medieval service book to have survived the Reformation intact. The Golden Haggadah is one of the finest of the surviving Haggadah manuscripts from medieval Spain. These vivid, striking displays are a must-see. Requires free Shockwave plug-in.

The British Museum: Ancient Greece



The British Museum site is full of interactive tours, simulations, and games to make the study of Ancient Greece enticing for kids. Topics include the Acropolis, Athens, Daily Life, Festivals and Games, Geography, Gods and Goddesses, Knowledge and Learning, Sparta, Time, War. You can follow the procession of the Panathenaic festival and build a virtual temple, take a virtual tour of Athens and "rope" slaves into attending Assembly. You can also command a Greek trireme, explore the battlefield at Plataia, follow an interactive story about women in Greece, and "set the scene" in a virtual house. Another option is to take an interactive tour of the Olympics, Greek theatre, and Greek festivals. Other highlights include a God and Goddesses symbol game, an interactive tour of household items, a Spartan education challenge, and a farming challenge. The Geography section features a series of zoomable maps and an interactive dive of a shipwreck. Finally, there is a "staff room" with worksheets and discussion questions to help teachers use the site. War section explores Overall, a great introduction to ancient Greece for younger students.

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization



This engaging PBS educational companion site examines Ancient Greece's Classical Period principally though a series of essays on four principal characters: Cleisthenes, Themistocles, Pericles, Socrates, and Aspasia. Each character is introduced via a video clip from the series. There are also a series of background pages on Greek culture, Greek warfare, Greek architecture, and other people and places in Greek history. Animation and simulations play an important role on the site. For instance, there is a 3D animation of the Parthenon, an interactive Greek timeline, an interactive Greek map, and audio to help you "speak like a Greek." In the Education Resources section is a multidisciplinary unit that uses television, the Internet, and other resources to explore Ancient Greece. All in all, this is an excellent introduction to Ancient Greece for students.

The British Museum: Ancient Egypt



The British Museum site offers good images, simulations, and games to make the study of Ancient Egypt enticing for students. Topics include Egyptian Life, Geography, Gods and Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaoh, Pyramids, Temples, Time, Trades, and Writing. You can view various museum artifacts related to life as a nobleman or farmer, take a virtual tour of pyramids and temples and view a series of political, social, and natural maps --though the maps are not interactive. Clickable mummies guide students through the Mummification process, with explanations of embalming and wrapping. Shockwave-generated activities include an exploration of the underworld, a map reading challenge, an Egyptian numerals test, a hieroglyphics challenge, a time-keeping challenge, a match-tool-to-craftsman challenge, and a challenge to figure out the find out the height, area and weight of the Great Pyramid. Visitors to the site can also examine a wall relief in the Pharaoh section and try to identify objects in a museum. Finally, there is a "staff room" to help teachers use the site. Overall, a great introduction to ancient Egypt for kids, though the layout and multimedia are not as fresh and enticing as what can be found at other sites aimed at children.

Mark Millmore's Ancient Egypt



Mark Millmore's fun and educational site is comprehensive, updated daily, and features several great sections. Major sections include Hieroglyphs, Numbers and Egyptian Maths, Pyramids and Temples, Kings & Queens, Rebuilding Ancient Egyptian Temples in 3D, Ancient Egyptian Videos and Documentaries, The Discovering Egypt Newsletter, and Ancient Egyptian Quizzes. The Hieroglyphics section contains Ancient Egyptian Mathematics Problems to see if you could "survive" in the world of Egyptian numerals and mathematics and a chance to play the ancient game of Senet. The Pyramids and Temples section is a virtual tour featuring plenty of great pictures of the temples at Karnak, Luxor, Dendara, Philae, and Ramses II. The Kings and Queens section is more essay format, but again features excellent images. Hatshepsut ("The Woman who was King"), Thutmose III ("The Napoleon of Ancient Egypt") and and Ramses II ("The Last Great Pharaoh") figure prominently in this section. Embedded YouTube video and 3D multimedia play a key role at the site, especially in the engaging Rebuilding Ancient Temples exposition and the Ancient Videos section. keep up-to-date on Ancient Egypt news and website updates via Mark's bi-monthly newsletter and take your hand at some of his quizzes. Finally, the site has a Discovering Ancient Egypt shop where you can game and educational software, books, posters, art prints and photos with an ancient Egyptian theme.

The British Museum: Mesopotamia



The British Museum site includes interesting images, simulations, and other resources to make the study of Ancient Mesopotamia enticing for students. Topics include Georgraphy; Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters; Time; and Writing. The Geography section includes a zoomable map and an illustrated story of Gilgamesh. The Gods and Godesses section includes a comparison of gods, goddesses, demons and monsters of Mesopotamia, an illustrated story about gods and godesses, and a challenge game to "get the gods" using a cuneiform tablet. The Time section includes a Mesopotamia timeline and a story of how the history, languages and culture of the peoples of Mesopotamia were rediscovered in the last two centuries. The section also includes Shockwave-generated challenge to figure out how the objects archaeologists find get under the ground. The Writing section explores how scribes worked and recorded information and presents the story of how one cuneiform symbol evolved. The challenge activity prompts students to put together a broken ancient tablet. Overall, a great introduction to ancient Mesopotamia for kids, though the hyperlinked stories design and multimedia are not as fresh and enticing as what can be found at some other sites aimed at children.

viernes, 25 de mayo de 2012

BBC: Ancient History

BBC's History section offers an impressive array of exhibitions, activities, games, photo galleries, and other resources. The BBC Ancient History section focuses on Anglo-Saxons, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Vikings. Among the special attractions are examples of Roman art found in Britain, planning your own Viking raid, and discovering treasures from the 'cradle of civilization.' Take some time to explore more of the BBC History offerings. There are engaging sections entitled Multimedia Room, Historic Figures, Timelines, Programmes, Reading Room, Talk History, For Kids, and History Trails. Aimed at upper elementary and lower secondary students.

BBC Prehistoric Life




This informative and engaging site, part of BBC Science and Nature, has many detailed sections, including Caveman Profiles, Lucy's Legacy, Dinosaurs, Walking with Monsters, and more. In the caveman section you can click on a skull for handy facts about hominids. Lucy's Legacy is a broad introduction to human evolution and discusses why Lucy is so important to human evolution. It then branches out to discuss Earth's climate, new homo species, development of human intelligence, First Europeans, Ice Man, and more. In other parts of the site you can listen to Radio 4 programs on evolution and related topics and watch a 3D tours of dinosaur landscapes. The Human Evolution section provides an overview of a three million year human journey "from the treetops of Africa to civilisation." The presentation is a mix of text and graphics supplemented with related BBC links.

Evolution



The PBS Evolution web site compliments a seven-part, eight-hour television broadcast series. This rich and impressive site features video clips from the series, simulations, animations, interactive timelines, expert commentary, primary sources, and extensive links to evolution-related learning resources worldwide. Among the special educational features are a free, 40-page teacher's guide available and an eight-session course for high school teachers, four 15-minute videos that highlight the teaching of evolution in real classrooms around the country, online lessons that use multimedia formats to enhance students' understanding of evolutionary and a multimedia library that provides Web access to more than 150 multimedia resources and concepts.

miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2012

Discovering Ardi



"Ardi" is a newly discovered female hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago and a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor. She is of incredible importance in our understanding of human evolution. This Discovery special website features an interactive guide to the oldest skeleton from our family "tree," a photo album that traces the process of discovery, and 15 video clips that share insight into Ardi's importance. There are also contributions from the international team of experts who took fifteen years to piece together "Ardi" and her world. A great introduction to Ardi and her place in the history of human origins.

viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

Becoming Human

Presented by the Institute of Human Origins, Becoming Human is an impressive and regularly updated site that explores human evolution in "a broadband documentary experience" with video, articles, news and debates in paleoanthropology and a Web guide. Watch an introductory video overview of evolution with guide Donald Johanson, read paleoanthropology news and book reviews, and visit the learning center for educational activities and lessons. The Human Lineage Though Time is an excellent interactive timeline. The site also features a glossary of terms and recommended web sites.