Saturday, December 7, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg the Website - The best place to learn about Colonial life

Having enjoyed a visit to Colonial Williamsburg several years ago, it never occurred to me to see what educational resources they might have online. I was stunned to see the incredible wealth of information, fantastic educational tools and resources that the Colonial Williamsburg site contains.

I have yet to come across a site that shares colonial life as well as this site. When you browse the history section you can learn about the people, places, life, trades, social classes, food, politics and the list goes on. Each area of interest is accurately described but in a way that students will find interesting. Their vibrant pictures from Colonial Williamsburg are so much more interesting to kids, unlike the drab drawings or painting found on most sites. My favorite area is their food section because it includes the recipes for actual colonial dishes. When learning about colonial life, make sure that your students explore Colonial Williamsburg's history section.

Besides having a great colonial history section, their multimedia area is overflowing with tremendously useful and engaging tools and resources. This area of their website contain a daily jigsaw puzzle, webcams from Williamsburg, today in history, and blogs. There is a download section with wallpaper, screen savers, and even ringtones. Students can learn about life in Williamsburg with their collection of videos, podcasts, and their audio section. Finally, you can send a greeting from their e-postcard section. When visiting the Colonial Williamsburg website, be sure to stop by their multimedia section and enjoy all it has to offer.

The final area I'll be focusing on the kids section of the website. The kids section is geared toward elementary level students and offers opportunities to learn about the people and history of Colonial Williamsburg in a a more kid friendly way. The page also features over 14 games and fun online activities. If you have a young learner in your home or are an elementary level teacher, you should really give Colonial Williamsburg's kid page a look.

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