Showing posts with label Tenement Museum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tenement Museum. Show all posts

Monday, March 16, 2009

Explore the Cycle Wins at SXSW!

As Mashable and other tech blogs are reporting, Explore the Cycle won the SXSW (South By Southwest) award for best educational web resource. I wrote about Explore the Cycle last month as a resource for teaching about recycling, consumerism, and environmental science. You can read more about Expore the Cycle here.

Another great educational web resource that was up for the same award is Tenement Museum. Tenement Museum is an interactive virtual museum designed for elementary and middle school students to experience what it was like to be an immigrant to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. I actually used Tenement Museum with my class of special education students and they enjoyed using and learned quite a bit from the experience.

If you haven't looked at these two excellently designed resources, I encourage you to take a few minutes to try both.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tenement Museum - Ellis Island to Orchard Street

Tenement Museum is a resource for US History teachers that I've seen on a number of blogs and in Twitter posts recently. Since I am soon to be teaching immigration and urbanization in one of my classes I thought that it was time for me to check out the Tenement Museum.

The Tenement Museum can best be described as an interactive virtual museum. Students select a male or female character for their passport from Europe to Ellis Island. Once at Ellis Island students learn about the process of legal immigration. Eventually students make it to the Orchard Street tenement where they have to choose an occupation as well as make choices regarding living conditions. At the very end of the exhibit, students can write a post card to their friends and family back in Europe. Throughout the journey, students see short video clips featuring "Victoria Confino" who explains to students what they are seeing and reading.

Applications for Education
The Tenement Museum is a great resource for teaching elementary and middle school students about life as an immigrant living in turn-of-the-20th century United States cities. The language and format may seem a little "too childish" for most high school students, but I am going to give it a try with one my special education class.