Website Brings Civil War History To Life
GBTN is a web-based, interactive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg through numbers and infographics, created by nonprofit TeachersFirst.com. The site employs facts and figures to draw users in and help them relate a landmark event in American history to their own lives.
The site—which is free—presents kid-friendly (and carefully researched) facts like the age of the youngest soldier (12), the food issued to soldiers, what they wore, and the weapons they used. Eye-catching original infographics and animations help deliver the information. Once the students are intrigued, the site urges them to dig deeper with questions designed to motivate them to do research—and spark lively discussions in the classroom and around the dinner table.
The site is mobile-friendly, and an app for tablets is in development.
GBTN is designed for middle school students and older. It includes extensive teaching materials: correlations to Common Core State Standards; lesson ideas in social studies, math, history, and information literacy; project rubrics; downloadable handouts; vetted web resources for further study; and teacher-to-teacher tips. The math concepts included are chosen to match typical curriculum for grades 6+, thus reinforcing math in an entirely new context. And happily, the combination of visual material, words, and numbers makes GBTN a stimulating and involving experience for the family as well as in the classroom.”
TeachersFirst (www.teachersfirst.com), the creator of GBTN, is a free, online resource for K-12 teachers, offering original content and teacher-authored reviews of more than 15,000 web resources and tools suitable for use in the classroom. The Source for Learning (www.sourceforlearning.org), the parent of TeachersFirst, is a nonprofit learning technologies corporation based in Reston, VA. The Source for Learning is also the creator of PreschoolFirst.com and TeachersAndFamilies.com.