Essentially this site has been set up to provide a useful resource for History teachers and pupils.
This site covers the major events relevant to 1066, and is suitable for use in schools on an internet -equipped classroom PC, or as a whole class activity (if you are fortunate enough to have one) in an internet-equipped networked classroom. Any educational use of this site is permitted, and all I ask is that you e-mail me if you use it.
The site presents the Norman Conquest from the beginning of 1066 with the death of Edward the Confessor, to the end of 1066 with the coronation of William the Conqueror.
There is an opportunity to take a multiple choice test after investigating the site. This will serve not just to test any knowledge the pupil may have taken in, but also to reinforce the information. Once the pupil has completed the test to his or her satisfaction, their answers are analysed. A new window appears which gives them an overall score and comment. The questions and pupil answers are then listed, together with relevant information to reinforce the answer.
Additional tasks, including worksheets to guide pupils through the site and onto additional research are also available.
According to the National Curriculum for History, “Pupils should be given opportunities, where appropriate, to develop and apply their information technology (IT) capability in their study of history.”
If this site is used in an internet networked classroom, an entire history class is able to study the Norman Conquest applying their information technology capability in their study of history.
This site is relevant for Study Unit 1 in Key Stage 3, Medieval Realms: Britain 1066-1500. It covers the Norman conquest, including the Battle of Hastings (1066) and its impact.
The History National Curriculum Key Elements require pupils to be taught:
This website and the associated activities cover these key elements:
ICT is a ‘buzzword’ for teachers. The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) is seen by many as the key to education in this new millennium. ICT helps pupils to ask historical questions, investigate change, cause and consequence, assess and use a wide range of sources and organise information and communicate successfully. ICT may be promoted through the use of word processing activities, data-handling exercises, desktop publishing, time-line packages, concept keyboards (where a special keyboard overlay is used), simulations, databases, multimedia authoring packages, and the Internet.
Using this site in school allows a history teacher to introduce or reinforce the Norman Conquest using ICT. Simply using this website clearly constitutes use of ICT, but so does looking at any site with a vaguely historical tone. Hopefully this site constitutes the beneficial use of ICT, not just using the internet "because we have to"!
Even though the National Curriculum demands IT is promoted in all subjects, there is a basic duty for the modern history teacher to develop the class use of IT. OFSTED claim “… the potential of IT is often not fully exploited by history departments” [OFSTED. History: A Review of Inspection Findings (HMSO, 1994)]. Far from adding a professional gloss to lessons, or dressing up a potentially uninteresting topic, the effective implementation of ICT will promote the development of historical knowledge and skills in pupils of all abilities. The use of this site in school will allow ICT to be implemented effectively and to go someway in attempting to satisfy OFSTED.