Teacher Review For Historical Scene Investigation

You Be the Judge!!!

Karen P.
Classroom teacher
Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences
Detroit, MI
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
This website would be a good tool in a social studies classroom. If you were studying one of the historical cases they have on their site then this site would be helpful. I could see having students work in small groups to study the case, answer the questions by exploring the resources given and make a decision based on their findings. What's nice is they give you the documents needed so the students don't have to go to other sites because they have all they need right there in front of them.
My Take
I love this site. It offers about a dozen historical cases where the students have to explore a set of questions using primary resources to decide if the previous decision made was correct. It allows the students feel as if they are taking part of history. It doesn't offer any support for students who struggle with reading (no audio). It does say that they are working on creating videos for each case so when those are up and running it will help. This site definitely would help bring fun to learning and give students an alternate way to learn about these historical events.