Teachers can use My World Heritage Passport when teaching lessons involving geography and world history. Since all the sites have historical or cultural significance, teachers may incorporate the app into lessons about particular areas of the world: They could point out some key sites as part of a whole-class lesson, or have students explore sites on their own to gain more information or spark research ideas. Teachers who want to plan an international trip with students might use the app to help students learn about the significance of the location they're visiting or get them involved in the planning process.Continue reading Show less
Designed by a Taiwanese backpacker, My World Heritage Passport seeks to provide other backpackers, travelers, and those interested in geography with an overview of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. (World Heritage sites "must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria.") As they navigate the app, users have the option to search for specific sites by location, by year, or by using the search feature. They can then note if they’ve ever visited a particular site or mark it as a favorite. Each site’s description comes complete with a brief overview, pictures from a popular photo-sharing site, the latest weather information, and recent blog posts written about the site. Users also have the ability to tap icons representing related categories. For example, if a site is in China, users can tap the China icon to reveal more sites in that country. They can also access maps and directions to help them reach the sites, a feature that will be useful for those already on their way to the sites as well as those planning or dreaming of trips around the globe.
When it comes to helping kids learn geography and make connections among key areas of the world, My World Heritage Passport has a lot to offer. Not only can kids learn about individual sites, they also can look at various categories to see how sites connect with one another. The map feature allows them to see where the sites appear on the globe as well as in relation to one another. In addition to connecting sites, kids can bookmark favorite sites, providing inspiration for them to plan future trips or return to specific sites for research projects or self-exploration.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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