Friday, July 13, 2012

Video - The Difference Between England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom

As students watch the Olympic Games this year they might wonder, "what is the difference between England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom?" Or they might think that all three refer to the same thing. The following five minute video from CGP Grey explains what each name refers to and the differences between the three.


Applications for Education
When I taught a World Geography course one of the things that occasionally baffled and or annoyed my students was my insistence that they knew that United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England are not correct interchangeable terms.This video does a good job of explaining the historical origins as well as modern implications of the differences. My only complaint about the video is the narrator speaks very quickly. You might have to pause it or show it twice in your classroom.