The current administration and Bill Gates believe our schools must become more technology dependent to regain a competitive edge in the world. Texbooks are in danger of becoming obsolete as Ipads are provided to school children. Cursive writing is not taught in many districts as educators believe it is a dying art in the age of keyboards.
If wired curriculum is our childrens' reality, this type of interactive map showing Germany's surge and then defeat in Europe, USSR, and Africa should certainly be used. It depicts Nazi Germany's takeover of Europe from 1942-1945. It is amazing to visually experience the huge grab of countries by Hitler and illustrates the enormous challenge of the Allies to liberate the occupied countries.
The map shows the Allies' response to Germany's takeover of Europe with generals' names and Army divisions responsible. It's accompanied by sounds which makes it even more interesting.
This type of virtual map can capture students' attention and want them to learn more about an issue. This map is an effective entry into garnering their curiosity about history that might well be dull in a history book. The next step is to use that technology for great teaching...by a real, live person who can challenge that interest. And maybe the teachers can urge the students to thank a WWII veteran for his/her service while they are still alive.
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This should be "required reading" in every school.
Do you think this will make it in a common core curriculum?
The state oversight of private and parochial education is likely to increase slowly, especially along the lines of uniformity in statistics and records, sanitary inspection, common standards of work, and the enforcement of the attendance laws. In particular, the attitude toward the control of the child is likely to change. Each year the child is coming to belong more and more to the state, and less and less to the parent. - Ellwood P. Cubberley 1909