April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. With that said, I thought I would find some “Cool Tools” to teach my students about this infamous event. In my quest to do so, I found a wealth of materials and resources that can be utilized across the K-12 curriculum. Here are a few of my favorites:
» OnBoard the Titanic – A virtual field trip produced by Discovery in which students select one of five actual passengers who set sail on the Titanic. After spending a few “virtual” days learning all about the ship, they find out if they survived the fateful night.
» The RMS Titanic – A very cool interactive and 3D infographic showing the Titanic—inside and out!
» Encyclopedia Titanica – A virtual treasure chest for anyone fascinated with Titanic. The site deems itself “the foremost repository of facts, opinion and media relating to RMS Titanic”. Visitors to the site will find just about anything and everything pertaining to the Titanic!
» Ultimate Titanic: Legends, stories, history and facts about the RMS Titanic; Includes teaching ideas as well.
» National Geographic: Unseen Titanic – Two galleries of interactive images of the Titanic in her final resting place.
» HistoryontheNet.com: Titanic Resources – A variety of handouts—quizzes, writing ideas, timelines, crossword puzzles, word searches and more!
» Survivors of the Titanic Series – Audio recordings of survivors and primary source documents from BBC.
» History.com – Videos, articles, interactives and photo galleries about the Titanic and its disaster.
» Watch Know Learn – A collection of short videos about the Titanic.
Use these resources and materials for teaching and learning about the Titanic and its demise—one of the most famous events in modern-day history.