Thursday, December 23, 2004

Voyage of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons

Voyage of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons - Leads visitors on a journey through the past centuries looking at the explorers, the dangers they faced, where they went, and their motivations for exploration. It is available in both English and Dutch.

From the site:

For countless centuries, people have ventured forth into areas they have known little about. The desire to explore has been prompted by many different reasons- from necessity and curiosity to the desire to find riches.

"Voyages of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons" follows in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest explorers, reliving their adventurous expeditions into the unknown. Our aim is to take the users on a journey through past centuries looking at these adventurers, the dangers they faced, where they went and their motivation for exploration. This fits into the curriculum of many areas in many countries, where for example, students may be required to explain the political and economic motives for European exploration, trace the routes of the major Spanish and Portuguese explorers and map the empires established or chart the sea journeys of explorers to Australia.

"Voyages of Exploration" is no ordinary textbook though. This site utilizes the latest Internet technologies to promote Internet learning by allowing students to interact with fellow students around the world and allowing teacher's to track their student's progress. Users can submit an explorer to our database and read other people's submitted entries. They can also vote for their favorite explorer, create quizzes, and monitor the student results.

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