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World History in Context

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Evaluation/Record Entry Date: May/2019
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Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 10-11
(View recommended grades and subjects) Social Studies

Resource Description

This thorough and engaging digital reference provides information on a wide range of history topics from ancient to modern times. International in scope, the user-friendly, easy-to-use database can supplement a topic in a textbook, aid in research on a particular event or person, support rich inquiry projects, and videos, images, and audio clips can be used for classroom activities and to launch discussions. Students can practice historical thinking by establishing significance, using primary source evidence, identifying continuity and change, analyzing cause and consequence, and understanding the ethical dimensions of interpretation. Suitable for senior students in grades 10-12.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Social Responsibility
Comments:
Reaching back as far as ancient civilizations to today’s headlines, World History in Context offers a senior-level database of periodicals, magazines, biographies, images, audio, video, and primary sources to support BC’s secondary level social studies curriculum. From the new curriculum, this resource would support Explorations in Social Studies 11, 20th Century World History Studies 12, Genocide Studies 12, Political Studies 12, Asian Studies 12, Economics 12, Philosophy 11, Law 12, First Peoples English, BC First Peoples 11, Indigenous Studies 12, Social Justice 12, and Comparative Cultures.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Indigenous Peoples:
There is limited information specific to Indigenous people of Canada.
Multiculturalism:
This resource has an international slant; therefore, important events on Canada's journey to multiculturalism (such as the Head Tax and the Komagata Maru Incident) are either minimized or overlooked.
Violence:
Violent images of conflict may disturb some students.
Language:
The language, vocabulary, and overall reading level are for a senior level secondary school student.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
Due to this source being a international resource database, there are topics that are less detailed, or, in some instances, overlooked. The overall language and vocabulary is elevated, suggesting usage for senior level secondary school students. As well, given that the database includes newspaper/magazine articles as well as audio/video clips, some sources contain a more pronounced bias, suggestive imagery, and informal language. Students need to be properly front-loaded on how to critically read sources as well as the qualifications for an academic resource.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Can reading level be adjusted?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Comments:
This database provides a thorough digital classroom reference. It will appeal to students and teachers who wish to supplement a textbook, analyze a primary source, or research a particular event or person in world history. While the reading level cannot be adjusted, the articles can be read aloud. Visual material such as images and videos also provide differentiation. While the academic journals are above grade 12 reading level, the magazines and news reports are more accessible.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the navigation throughout the site intuitive?
Extensively
Is the content exportable in a variety of file formats such as wpd, doc, pdf, xls, etc.?
Extensively
Are the presentation controls (e.g. sizing, resolutions, volume, etc.) suitable for the classroom?
Extensively
Are images clear?
Extensively
Is the sound quality clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Print and online help provided in simple and brief segments (FAQ, Quick help, etc.)
Search by file type (audio, graphics, photo, etc.)
Search engine can search the entire site
External links are operational
Technical specifications given
Provides file format options for saving
Allows shortcuts
Comments:
The database is very user-friendly and easy to use for students and educators alike. Sources can be downloaded, printed, or saved to personal folders, and the search options allow for advanced searches to be conducted. Audio and video files are clear in sound and image, and allow the user to control the size and sound in which it is to be played.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Moderately
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Moderately
Comments:
World History in Context is not intended as an e-learning tool, but as a reference tool. It does not feature learning targets or instructional design elements, but it does provide a variety of access points for students to practice historical thinking in terms of establishing significance, using primary source evidence, identifying continuity and change, analyzing cause and consequence, and understanding the ethical dimensions of interpretation.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Is the keyword search adequate?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Descriptors:
Basic search
Advanced search
Student social media tools
Student research tools
Secondary reference material such as summaries or reviews of research
Primary reference material
Notetaking tools
My folders tool
Comments:
The database supports learning as well as supports a student's ability to properly research and gather information. It allows students to save their research to their own folders, bookmark sources, as well as provide an array of primary and secondary resource material. Students can utilize both search and advanced search, specifying the type of source and topic. The database also gives students the opportunity to share their research through a variety of social media tools, as well as through Google Docs and One Drive.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

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Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Above intended grade level(s)
Comments:
Under Educator Resources, teachers are provided with product tutorials, scavenger hunts, Google Doc and One Drive help, librarian tools, as well as a research tool kit for students. The student research kit includes tip sheets and worksheet for judging resources, writing a thesis, and including footnotes.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The reading level of this database may challenge some senior social studies students; however, there is a variety of materials to choose from. The database can be used to supplement an issue in a textbook or support rich inquiry. Videos, images, and audio can be used for classroom activities and discussion purposes. Students would need to be guided through the resource to help them choose the most appropriate material.
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