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Touring Gettysburg with Students and Their iPads

by fifer1863 on October 6, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to lead a group of students on a trip to Gettysburg. The original plan was to take the Seniors and visit Little Round Top and Devil’s Den.  My role was to talk to the students about the fighting at Devils Den and another teacher would talk about Little Round Top.

Leading up to the event, I met with the students and had them download some maps, Google Earth images and original photos to their iPads.  I had prepped and was ready to present to the students about the battle.  This was truly a culmination of my doctoral research all those years ago.  This was finally my opportunity to lead a group of students to Gettysburg and to use technology to teach them about the battle.

Then, as we were about to leave, I learned two things.  First, the other teacher was ill and not going to make it and second, the junior class was coming along on the trip.  So, I was now faced with talking to twice as many students about LRT and Devil’s Den.Little Round Top

Arriving at Gettysburg on LRT we embarked on our tour.  I started with a general overview leading up to July 1863.  From there I discussed events of July 2nd and using maps and photos for reference, I lead the kids along the path. Students were looking at photos, making notes and taking notes.  It was very cool.

Devil's Den From there we walked down to Devil’s Den.  While the kids ate lunch, I went exploring and found the location of the “All Over Now” image in the Slaughter Pen area.  After lunch, we met under the witness tree and again discussed events that happened in that part of the field.  Because the students had preloaded everything on their iPads, it made discussions, analysis and conversation much easier.

The students were then tasked with using their iPads to create a short video of something they learned. I look forward to seeing their finished products. While I could have used paper maps and images, the iPads allowed me get kids to interact with the images.Devil's Den with iPads

What a great day.  I have been teaching and presenting about using technology in this way since 2006.   I have talked about using these images in the classroom and using digital maps to teach Gettysburg.   But this was the first time I actually got to lead students using technology during a tour.  I can’t wait till next year.

Check out the story one student wrote about the trip in Cougar News

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The Gettysburg Project

by fifer1863 on February 5, 2014

Quick post today on The Gettysburg Project

The purpose of the Gettysburg Project Site is to enhance public  awareness and appreciation of the Battle of Gettysburg and The Gettysburg Address through the song “Gettysburg,” other Civil War inspired music, and links to other Gettysburg Memorial websites and blogs.

The song Gettysburg was inspired by the books, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills.  Here’s a link to the song at: 
 

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Gettysburg Address Live Stream

by fifer1863 on November 19, 2013

Check out the live stream of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Event:

Watch live streaming video from encompass at livestream.com

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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion Book Review

October 10, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to read Allen C. Guelzo`s latest work, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and the author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, both winners of the Lincoln Prize. According the the publisher: GETTYSBURG is […]

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The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 18, 2013

I had an opportunity to spend some time in Gettysburg during the 150th anniversary celebration.  What a very cool experience to be in that historic spot at that time.  I really can’t explain it but even though we, as a family, go there about once a month, there was something about being on the battlefield […]

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Gettysburg Vodcasts

July 15, 2013

“Middle School Students Create Vodcasts about Civil War History in Gettysburg” By Shuan Butcher, Director of Communications — Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Now that the dust has settled from the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, how doe the stories continue to be told for and by the next generation of leaders, historians, […]

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The First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 2, 2013

We had the unique opportunity to be invited to join author JD Petruzzi at the First Shot Marker that commemorates the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.  What made it extra special was that we were there, on that spot where 150 years ago Marcellus Jones fired that first shot of the battle. So CJ […]

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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Study Guide Book Review

June 9, 2013

I have always wanted to be a licensed battlefield guide and admittedly I do not know enough about the battle in order to pass the exam.  So recently started to explore what it would take and what kind of books, websites, research, etc I would need to read and what types of research would be involved to […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 25 – The Gettysburg Cyclorama

June 11, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I am talking about a recent family trip to Gettysburg where we spent a some time and visited the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is […]

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Dinosaur Footprints on the Gettysburg Battlefield

May 21, 2012

This is the last in this series of videos from our recent trip to Gettysburg.  What a great day, can’t wait to get back there with the kids. In this video Jacob (with help from his brother Josh) is finding dinosaur footprints in Gettysburg.   The following is from “Dinosaur Footprints on the Plum Run […]

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Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg and General George Greene

May 19, 2012

This is the 4th in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video  Sarah is talking about the fighting on Culp’s […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings on Culp’s Hill Part 2

May 18, 2012

This is the 3rd in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video Jacob (with help from his sister Sarah) is […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings on Culp’s Hill

May 15, 2012

As my older son CJ was attending a Boy Scout event in Westminster, MD my family decided to do our favorite thing and spend the day exploring Gettysburg.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Sarah

March 23, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Josh

March 22, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook Review

September 10, 2011

Recently, I received a copy of NEW GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN HANDBOOK, THE: Facts, Photos, and Artwork for Readers of All Ages, June 9 – July 14, 1863 by J. D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley.  Petruzzi is also the author of excellent book, The Complete Gettysburg Guide. This 184 page handbook is packed full of facts, figures, […]

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Gettysburg’s Eternal Peace Light Memorial with CJ

July 16, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the more popular sites in Gettysburg, the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.  This monument is located on Oak Hill in Gettysburg.  Confederate forces marched toward Gettysburg and the Union lines from behind the monument where CJ is sitting.   The base relief is said […]

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Learning about the “Trough Rock” in Gettysburg with CJ

July 14, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the less popular sites in Gettysburg known as the “Trough Rock”. This rock is located in the “Slaughter Pen” or “Valley of Death” near Devil’s Den.     Here is the photo of the horse drinking from the rock: Here is a […]

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Gettysburg Soldier’s National Cemetery

June 3, 2011

Here is a video of my daughter Sarah (aka @civilwarsallie) learning about the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg     Sarah is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Gettysburg Generals Hancock and Reynolds

June 1, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ learning about the monuments to General Hancock and Reynolds in Gettysburg   CJ is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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