Fancy a quick class trip to see the Pyramids without all the paperwork? Giza 3D is a historically accurate, in-depth recreation of the great pyramids which you can access from your classroom on your Interactive Whiteboard.
Built by Dassault Systemes, the people who created the 3D Paris Tour, the site lets you go on guided, interactive tours through ten different areas of the Giza plateau — allowing you to wander the necropolis, explore shafts and burial chambers, and enter four of the site’s ancient temples, including Khufu’s and Menkaure’s pyramids. With full control over the camera, you can fly in and out of different regions at will, and click on objects for more info.
Each area also contains an object gallery and photo gallery, as well as a link to a database of relevant documents.
The site’s creators have worked with real archaeologists to ensure that the models are as accurate as possible.
If you are teaching Ancient Egypt, then this is well worth a look. Visit Giza 3D Here.Read More
Billed as “A time-travel through more than 2000 years of history: discover Paris’ most famous monuments” Paris 3D provides a virtual tour of many of the landmarks of Paris, and lets you see how the city has developed since its Roman conquest in 52 BC right up to the present day.
Users can take guided tours from the 3D Paris website here or on the accompanying iPad app. A small plugin is needed for your web browser, but installing it should be relatively simple. The site and the app are both completely free.
Through the website you can witness the construction of the Bastille and Notre Dame, navigate through winding stone streets in the middle ages and visit the 1889 World’s Fair to see the appearance of the Eiffel Tower.
The Paris 3D website has been painstakingly built over 2 years by a team at Dassault Systemes, and they will continue to add more buildings and items over the coming years, again all free. Many of the monuments – such as the Bastille – no longer exist in the real world, so this site offers a great way to explore them as they would have looked.
This site would definitely be of interest for History or Modern Language teachers. The site can be explored in both English and French language versions.
It could also be of interest for Literacy lessons as a stimulus for storytelling and descriptive writing in the same way that apps such as Epic Citadel has been used by some teachers.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
Disclosure : I was taken to Paris yesterday to visit Dassault Systemes HQ and to receive a demonstration of the Paris 3D website.
Yesterday I spent a rather fun day delivering Interactive Whiteboard training to some of the Education staff from English Heritage in the rather impressive surroundings of Wrest Park Estate. While there I was reminded about their range of IWB resources that they’ve put onto Promethean Planet, and I thought I’d share here in case you haven’t seen them.
English Heritage National Monuments Record (NMR) have produced a range of interactive resources taken from their Heritage Explorer website. If you haven’t seen their Heritage Explorer site, it lets you search their database of over 9,000 images and find curriculum related resources, for all key stages, to use or adapt for their pupils. The resources are in .flp format so should open in ActivStudio/Primary as well as ActivInspire.
The resources will be of interest to KS2 and Ks3 teachers looking for History resources.
As well as the flipcharts, English Heritage NMR have also supplied a sample of free images relating to the same topic areas. The remainder of the images can be downloaded direct from the Heritage Explorer site.
The following resources are available :
Promethean Resource Packs
You can access the English Heritage resources here, and all the other partner resources on Promethean Planet can be found here.Read More
Your classroom interactive whiteboard can provide a window on the world, and that’s definitely true when used alongside this new project from Google. The Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online and into your classroom. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, Google have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the globe. With videos, photos and in-depth information, you can now explore the world wonders from your armchair just as if you were there.
Located in 18 different countries, the 132 famous destinations in the World Wonders Project include such classics as Stonehenge, Pompeii, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Yosemite National Park. It’s similar to the Google Art Project in that handheld and trike-based cameras were used to get to places you wouldn’t be able to take a Street View car.
You can start exploring world heritage sites by either flicking through the picture carousel on the homepage or play with the globe to discover random sites from all over the world. You can also find places by themes or locations chosen over the drop-down panel on the top of the homepage. The project website also provides a window to 3D models, YouTube videos and photography of the famous heritage sites.
For teachers who are doing a class project on some of these cultures, bring places like a buddhist temple or Pompeii into your classroom and interact with it on the whiteboard. You can’t beat a real school trip, but in terms of ease, cost and accessibility this is the next best thing.
Google World Wonders also comes with some very useful Teacher’s Guides for Primary and Secondary schools, plus also specific history and geography guides.
Go take a look now at : http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/worldwonders/
Let me know what you think in the comments!Read More
Smarthistory.org is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement for the traditional art history textbook. It “uses multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.” The site contains audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text and still images.
It’s a very impressive resource – and I am sure Art teachers will find some very useful stuff here.
Check out Smart history at http://www.smarthistory.org and let me know what you think of it in the comments section.
Thanks to Lisa Dubernard (@onboardlearning) for the link
There have been several great time shifted (in real time) twitter feeds like British War Cabinet or the Apollo Moon Landings (from a few years ago). Or even Such Tweet Sorrow which recreated Romeo and Juliet in tweets. Also not forgetting Gunpowder Tweeting and Plot.
TwHistory provides another platform to do this. Students or volunteers pick a well-documented historical event. They pick real historical figures who were at that event, and create tweets based on those events. These tweets are then scheduled to be broadcast in real time. The end result is a virtual reenactment of a historical event, broadcast in real time.
For example the Battle of Waterloo:
Past broadcasts can be downloaded as a CSV file, so they can be accessed again in the future. It’s an interesting idea, that would make for an interesting class project. Go take a look at : http://beta.twhistory.org/
Thanks to Keri-Lee Beasley for the link.
25 years ago the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. Launched in 1986 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, the first BBC Domesday project was one of the most pioneering interactive campaigns of its time.
In an attempt to capture the essence of the UK in one place, the BBC asked the public to submit details about their local area to help compile a digital snapshot of the country. Over a million people, mainly school children, took part in the groundbreaking initiative surveying over 108,000 square km of the UK and submitting more than 147,819 pages articles and 23,225 photos. All the data – pictures, maps, video, surveys, statistics, essays and personal testimonies – were digitally etched into two high-tech laser discs.
However, due to costs and the rapid development of technology the system rapidly fell into obscurity and obsolescence, and very few people ever got to see the finished results or their contributions.
Now 25 years on, the archive has been republished onto a dedicated website giving people of all ages an opportunity to explore the images and articles from the past. It’s called Domesday Reloaded.
Use in Class
The site provides a very interesting glimpse into life in the UK 25 years ago. Teachers might want to use the resources as part of a class or school project to compare how we live today to life 25 years ago – ancient history as far as most primary school children are concerned. In 1985 the most high-tech device out there was the Sinclair Spectrum or BBC B computer! Use the site to inspire your school to make their own Domesday Book (or Blog, or Wiki) about your own local area.
Visitors will also be able to get involved and help bring the project into the present day by sending in their current stories, comments and photographs, via the website, blogs and Twitter, to compare how life in Britain has changed, and how some things have stayed the same. This could be something that your classes could get involved in.
Take a look here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday
It allows visitors to upload historical photographs of an area and tag them with a location and year. These are then displayed on a Google Map.
From the Explore Photos page you can move around the world to find places you’re interested in and then view photographs of what they looked like many decades ago. You can even overlay the old photograph onto Street View to compare today’s scene with the past.
The plan is that if enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, it will weave together a photographic history of the world.
The coverage of the UK is a little thin at the moment, but like all these sites it is dependent on content being uploaded by its users. I’m sure it’ll grow into a very useful resource.
As an alternative – don’t forget to take a look at History Pin.
Following on from my posts in the past of links for Art, Music, Primary Science and Secondary Science, here are some useful sites that could be useful for teachers of History. All would be useful for their interactive whiteboard, but also for pupils to use independently.
Historypin is an online tool that acts as a digital time machine, allowing people to view and share history in a totally new way. Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.
Explore all of British history, from the Neolithic to the present day, with this easy-to-use interactive timeline. Browse hundreds of key events and discover how the past has shaped the world we live in today.
BBC Horrible Histories
Video clips, songs and games from the BBC TV Programme. Experience some of the more gruesome aspects of history. (UK Only)
BBC Primary History
Excellent resources on Greeks, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Victorians and World War 2. If your school has the Espresso service also check that out for some excellent history resources on similar topics. Secondary history resources also available.
Bayeux Tapestry Maker
This fabulous little site lets you create your own images in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry. Great fun.
Timelines.tv is a free-to-use, video-rich history resource. Scroll the timeline to find a story that interests you and then watch the videos.
HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of lifelines, timelines, and maps. It’s a slightly old-fasioned looking site, compared to some these days, but might still prove useful.
Resources for teaching about the Holocaust. Useful for Holocaust Memorial Day lessons and assemblies. In addition also take a look at the resources provided by the Anne Frank Museum, including the Secret Annex interactive resource.
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary?
National Archives (UK)
The National Archives Education Service brings history to life through their award-winning programme of taught sessions and online resources. Resources available on every aspect of British history.
There are many tools on the web that let you create timelines. Use them in lessons to demonstrate a sequence of events, or ask students to create their own. Here are just a selection.
Create very interesting multimedia timelines on different events.