I subscribe to ASCD Smart Brief and it provides daily articles regarding ICT and valuable information regarding teaching and technology. Usually, I glide over the text to absorb what content I can, however, on the Easter weekend was totally drawn to an article regarding Titanic.

Titanic: 100 Years on...

This year marks the 100 Year Anniversary of the Titanic and its fatal and tragic end. Approximately 1500 people died on the voyage and only 700 survived to tell the remarkable tale that became a Hollywood Blockbuster raising an astonishing $1.8 Billion dollars. This year in memory of the epic event, the movie is to be released in 3D and undoubtedly the movie is set to make another monumental profit according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) with 318% audience attendance.
Regardless of the movie success, the actual event is remarkable and the article I refer to has some amazing links that direct readers to increasingly great content. For example, I followed leads of investigations into the Victims of the Titanic. The web link provides a list of each victim and provides; age, class, fare fee and occupation and further details. Each person has their name hyperlinked to a brief biography that include family history and images of the individual and closest relatives.
I followed the direction of many leads including those of Miss Helen Allison. The image below demonstrates some of the links that allow people to drill down into ancestry. In regards to Helen Allison, she was only two years of age when she died on the Titanic and the biography includes images of her baby brother and both her parents who died alongside her on the voyage.

It is amazing to follow the lives of the families and become acquainted with their stories. It would be an amazing opportunity for students to conduct research and right diary entries as a Titanic passenger or construct monologues of a first class and third class passenger to compare the social-economic groups.

The article offers some excellent analytics on the demographics of first and third class passengers. It would be interesting to unpack the statistics to compare and contrast the percentages of those that survived from first class and those that didn't and run these results in direct correlation with third class. The statics are quite remarkable.

Anyway... the article on the Titanic is suitable for all aspects of curriculum. The website could be used as research in History, Maths, English and the Arts. I believe the article services all ages groups and would be a valuable tool to use within the classroom on April 15, the centennial anniversary of the Titanic disaster.


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