Teacher Review for BBC History

Eyecatching Multimedia History for Students

Suzy L.
Technology coordinator
Cherokee County Schools
Canton, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This part of the BBC site takes history and focuses it through a young-adult lens. As one would expect, the media on the site is high-quality and engaging. I love the fact that the narrator of the soccer video (discussed below) is the captain of a national soccer team. Getting quality narrators is important for student engagement. I think that, in addition to the knowledge the students would gain with the video content, the BBC videos could also be models for students who are making their own video projects. I would use this site as a supplement to textbook lessons in Social Studies, as well as perhaps a source of writing prompts in English or models for video production classes.
My Take
The BBC is a great resource for video content, as everyone knows. However, I like that they're trying to take their content and focus it on things that students might like to know about history, such as one of the current videos, which focuses on football (soccer) and how it came about/relates to WWI. The visuals on the sight are eye-catching as well. What I don't like is the organization of the site. Everything has a magazine/Pinterest-like feel, which is attractive, but it doesn't make the site easy to navigate or search. Also, because the History section is just part of the BBC site, the search returns results from everywhere on the BBC site, instead of just the History section. The site certainly has potential--it just might take some time to mine through the resources for what you need.