Monday, March 16, 2009
Congratulations to the winners of the Google Ancient Rome in 3D Curriculum Competition!
Our panel of educational thought leaders included Bernard Frischer, Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia, Roberta Johnson, Executive Director of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and Michael H. Levine, Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. They chose to recognize the following teachers for their excellent lessons -- and all these lessons can be found on the Google for Educators website for other teachers to adapt them for their own classrooms:
- Benjamin Johnson of Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine for his lesson, Walking in the Footsteps of the Romans (He even created a great video of his lesson, available on YouTube ).
- Amy Rechtiene of Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, North Carolina for her lesson, A tour of Rome Fit for an Emperor
- Sarah Ellery of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee for her lesson, Walking with the Emperors
- Cheryl Davis of Acalanes Union High School District in Lafayette, California for her lesson, Roman Holiday with the Ancients
- Jennifer Wagner of Calvary School in Wildomar, California and Kathy Shields of Creek View Elementary in Alpharetta, Georgia for their lesson, Archy-the-Arch
- Ingrid Gustafson and Carol Alcusky of Sarah Gibbons Middle School in Westborough, Massachusetts for their lesson, The Roman Record
- Ivan Nieves and Sally Hatcher of Winsor School in Boston, Massachusetts for their lesson, Ecce Rome
- Mijana Lockard and Craig Hilgenberg of Lincoln Avenue Academy in Lakeland, FL for their lesson, What can we Learn from Ancient Societies?
Our judges had this to say about the competition: "We've had the privilege to read lesson plans and classroom activities from teachers all across the country that incorporate both the challenging pedagogy and breakthrough technologies that are required to prepare children in a global age. We've been impressed and delighted by the level of expertise shown across a wide range of grade levels and subject areas, from architecture, design, and theater to history, world languages, and environmental engineering. The teachers recognized as prize winners displayed both their keen eye for what works in the classroom to engage today's students, as well as a mastery of 21st century technologies, including Google Earth and the new Ancient Rome 3D layer. We are confident that their work will inspire educators everywhere!"