Great sites to teach about Titanic

It is really amazing how Titanic still captures our imagination 100 years after she sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1912.

I put this down to the fact that Titanic is firstly an amazing tale of man outsmarting themself through technology and industrial might. Then we have a secondary tale of injustice and arrogance when the absolute upper and lower crust of Edwardian society struggle for survival and equity in the middle of the ocean.

Shakespeare himself could not have scripted a better story with so many sub-plots of triumph and tragedy.

As a teacher there are limitless teaching possibilities which arise from Titanic via, history, science, math philosophy and literacy. 

April 14 will be the 100th centenary of the greatest maritime disaster in in history and we have compiled some great web resources below to share with your students and peers.  If you know of any others please let us know by adding a comment below.

Ultimate Titanic:  This is by far the biggest collection of Educational Titanic resources and should be the starting point for any teacher and student.  Their education section is very comprehensive.

NY Times learning Network:  Has some great teaching ideas to commemorate the 100th anniversary if Titanic.

National Geographic Titanic 100:  A very current and fresh collection of Titanic content with a large amount of input from James Cameron.

History Channel Titanic Interactive:  Students will enjoy exploring this.

Expedition Titanic:  Great interactive resources on Titanic

Amazing collection of Titanic information and Teaching Resources

Ultimate Titanic has appeared just in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  It is specifically designed for teachers and students to learn about the most famous maritime disaster of all time.

There are a number of amazing images, videos and text based content that will definitely appeal to teachers and students without overwhelming them with irrelevant information on Titanic.

Best of all Ultimate Titanic must surely have the biggest collection of Titanic lesson plans and teaching resources based around the 1912 disaster covering all key learning areas and ages.  The amount of content here would surely warrant an in depth unit on Titanic and all the hard work has been done for you.  There is something here for everyone.

The Titanic is one of the most amazing industrial feats of all time wrapped up in a story that Shakespeare himself could not have scripted and still appeals to students and learners of all ages.

Students are still fascinated by the story 100 years on.  Be sure to check out Ultimate Titanic Today.

Digital Literacy Activity: Summarizing Text & Report Writing

I have put together an activity for students to help improve their skills in summarizing information using three simple tools in Microsoft Word.  Highlighting Text, Creating a Table and creating a flowchart. Based around a recount of the sinking of the Titanic. 

Secondly students are asked to write an information report using the information they have collected in their own words.  Their are a ton of links and guides on how to do all of these tasks if you are not 100 percent confident with Microsoft Word in the Slidesharebelow. Alternately you can download the PowerPointhere.

I would advise going through this with your students as a whole group and then letting them work individually using the PowerPoint template as a guide.

Digital Literacies summarizing and reporting

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