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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Early Printing Collection

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1400 - The 15th Century
Topic: William Caxton
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Birmingham Central Library
Name of Producer: Birmingham City Council
Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: General public, teachers, students 11+
Overall Evaluation: good
Objectives & Structure:
The site promotes and indexes Birmingham City’s collection of early printed books which includes one of three known perfect copies of a book printed by William Caxton in 1479, three years after he set up his press at Westminster and became the first printer in England.
Description of contents:
Short introduction to Caxton’s book of meditation on death entitled ‘Cordiale or the Four last thinges’.
There is a page of this book shown which can be printed out.
There are also short introductory paragraphs describing early Italian and early German printed books in the collection.
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: good
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: good
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: good
Educational and learning value: good
Quality and relevancy of content: fair
Compatibility of the content with the target group: good
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: fair
Degree and quality of interaction: poor
Exploitation of the electronic potential: poor
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: fair
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The site could provide students with a very limited but simple visual example of Caxton’s work put into the context of early printed books across Europe. This would allow for comparisons to be made.
An introductory site for teachers or students.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Sam Tinkler, Louise Saunders
Name of School: Southfield Technology College
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art/English

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