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New website teaches Maryland students about War of 1812

war-of-1812Maryland Public Television (MPT) has launched an educational web site dedicated to the War of 1812 as the newest component of its Thinkport series – an online resource for teachers and parents that offers a multi-media approach to learning.

The site, warof1812.thinkport.org, was unveiled Sept. 14, at Charlesmont Elementary School in Baltimore County, near the location of the Battle of North Point. Fifth-grade students at the school had an opportunity to explore such features of the site as “Hold the Fort,” an interactive game that relates the story of the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore.

Thinkport was developed by MPT with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Technology in Education. MPT produced the War of 1812 site in collaboration with the Friends of Fort McHenry and the National Park Service, and with the support of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Living Classrooms Foundation.

“Thinkport is an exciting project because it demonstrates how students will learn in the future using interactive techniques that will help them understand and experience what the War of 1812 was really like and why it was so important to our nation,” said U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who attended the event. “This new learning tool is funded by the (U.S.) Department of Education as a way to help history come alive for our students.”

“We are delighted to be part of this important education collaborative and bring Maryland’s proud history to classrooms across the state,” said Larry Unger, MPT president and CEO. “MPT continues to provide War of 1812 content and programming to educate and entertain our audience.”

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