As a history major and someone who had travelled through the European cities that formed the settings of Robert Langdon’s misadventures, I was completely transformed. I had been to the Piazza Navona and knew from memory the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. I had walked the famous hallways of the Louvre to see the surprisingly small portrait of Mona Lisa and the cramped room in which she resided.
Now that I'm an educator, I want students to have the same experience - when seeing becomes believing - in their reading and english classes. For less than the cost of a paperback book, students can see the same sights as the book characters see them in their stories. Instant engagement!
Piazza Navona's Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Rome, Italy is a setting in Dan Brown's Angel and Demons.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, housed in The Louvre Museum in Paris, France is a setting in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
In my oh-so humble opinion, this combination of reading paperback books, but diving deep with Google technology, is the perfect blend of “tra-digital” learning and the power of digital resources in the classroom.
How are you using Google Cardboard in your classroom? What are some of the best ways that you have found to attach Google Street View images to the instruction your classroom? Add your favorite ideas and strategies in the comments below.