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 Site Review: The British Museum

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Site URL: BritishMuseum.org/Learning…

Content:  In the teacher resources area of the famed museum’s Web site, educators can browse countless lessons and activities about an array of topics.

Design:  There is nothing particularly noteworthy about the site’s design, and that’s a good thing. The focus is squarely on the material, with no outrageous design elements to distract from it.

From the main page, teachers can browse lessons and activities in one of three categories: Culture, Subject and Age Group. From there, it is a long journey that ends with printables, British museumlesson plans, writing assignments, cultural discussions and more.

Review: A quick look at the packet covering Azetc culture for late elementary school-aged students reveals 28 pages of lessons and activities. The site also offers three other age-group-specific packets on the Aztecs. If they contain the same number of pages, that means the museum offers 112 pages of ready-to-print classroom materials just on Aztec culture.

Once users get past the sheer volume of materials, they’ll find that the quality is second-to-none. It helps that the British Museum has been one of the world’s preeminent museums for well over 200 years. The real advantage here is that the lessons and activities do not require a physical visit to London. They are designed to educate and promote the museum’s holdings without binding non-Britons to an expensive trip.

Bottom Line:  Users could spend days rummaging through all the quality resources the British Museum site has to offer, and still not get through them all.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Social Media Editor
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