Monday, January 5, 2009

I Read, I Saw, I Conquered...

OK, so Caesar I'm not. But students could experience Caesar's world virtually --and you could pass on great ideas to share with others (or find other trips to use)-- with Jerome Burg's Google Lit Trips site. Nothing makes a novel come alive like a field trip to the actual setting, and a virtual trip via Google Earth is the next best thing.

Whether you're reading The Secret Life of Bees or The Red Badge of Courage, using Google Earth to create a journey, embed images and links and add essential questions allows students to personalize their reading experience.

If you're not sure how to do this, Burg is teaching a webinar through ISTE on January 14th.

And back to the Caesar reference above, Google now, of course, offers the Ancient Rome overlays, which allows users to virtually walk the streets of Rome. It's a bit tricky to upload the overlays, but you can find my blog on that here.

I'm going to strongly encourage our English Dept. to dip their toes into the Google pool and give these a try.

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