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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Essential Norman Conquest

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1000 - The 11th Century
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Osprey Publishing
Name of Producer: Osprey Publishing
Language/s of Product: English
Website of the product:
Target Group: General Public, teachers and students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
This is an open site which allows the Bayeux tapestry to be set into the context of history and which contains some interactive sections which require Quicktime and Windows. The intention of this site is to describe the history of the Norman Conquest of England.

It would allow a teacher to place a study of the Tapestry into an historical context and then directly use the site’s interactive sections to make a student’s research more interesting.
It makes the story told by the Bayeux Tapestry more authentic.

Description of contents:
The site is divided into the following sections:
• The battlefield today – a 360 degree panorama
• 3-d battlemaps
• Clothing – 3-d figures of Norman knights and Saxon soldiers
• Sounds – hear Norman French and Saxon English
• Related reading
• The history of the Norman conquest (this is where there are sections specifically on the Bayeux tapestry)
• Norman conquest timeline
• Encyclopaedia of things Norman
• Links to other web-sites

Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The website would allow some individual or group extension work to set a study of the Bayeux Tapestry into an historical context. It might also link to language studies
To view the interactive sections you need QuickTime and Windows Media Player.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Emma Brown, David Graham
Name of School: Holly Lodge Girls College
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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