Google SketchUp and History

I recently found this article about using Google SketchUp (free) in conjunction with a high school history class in Vermont. Students are learning local history by building 3D models of buildings in  their community using SketchUp. Since they are getting their hands dirty and interacting and creating objects, this is helping the students retain the knowledge and getting involved with the subject. Here’s the original post on the Official Google SketchUp Blog:


Below is a video on the history class using SketchUp:

View Historical Imagery in Google Earth

Google Earth (version 5) allows for you to view  historical images over a period time for certain places. Some places allow for you to view images from World War II and compare the area before and after an attack on the cities (to see a list of cities, click on this link: )

To learn more about the historical imagery in Google Earth (and the timelines feature) click on the link below:

World War I and Second Life

You are now able to experience and be immersed into the environment of World War I in Second Life thanks to the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University (funded by JISC). The First World War Poetry Digital Archive and Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University collaborated to re-create areas of the Western Front from 1914-18. The environment used artifacts from the First World War Poetry Digital Archive. The Second Life environment makes the items more engaging and interactive for the user. To learn more, visit the link below or watch the video below:

The Bayeux Tapestry Animated- History in Motion

I recently came across this YouTube video that animated the actual Bayeux Tapestry. The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It’s a very pivotal point in England’s history. The Bayeux Tapestry currently resides in France. To learn about the Norman Conquest of England and to see the tapestry animated, watch the embedded YouTube video below: