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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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Google Earth and Devils Den

by fifer1863 on September 23, 2014

Using original photographs and Google Earth to Explore the Battle of Gettysburg

In an effort to continue my exploration of original Gettysburg photographs using Google Earth, I have created a new video on exploring some of the famous locations in Devil’s Den.  Be sure to check out my Rose Woods video and other videos on my YouTube Channel.  You can find all of the original photos via the Library of Congress website.

If you’d like to download the Google Earth file for this video, you can find it at:  Devil’s Den KMZ file.

 

 

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Exploring the Rose Farm with Google Earth

by fifer1863 on July 22, 2014

I am often asked about where the Rose Woods is in Gettysburg and how others can find it when they visit.  Well, I took a few minutes and created a video showing you exactly where the Rose Woods is in Gettysburg and where you can find the famous photographs of the dead soldiers.

 

 

If you would like the KMZ file for Google Earth, you can download it HERE.

 

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The Gettysburg Project

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 […]

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Fun Animal Statistics

February 3, 2014

Here are some fun Battle of Gettysburg related statistics to use with your students: Between the two armies there were approximately 72,243 horses present. Of these, nearly 3,000 – 5,000 were killed.  What percentage was killed? Each horse requires 10 gallons of water per day, making the water needs for just the horses 722,430 gallons […]

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Gettysburg Address Live Stream

November 19, 2013

Check out the live stream of the 150th Anniversary Event: Watch live streaming video from encompass at livestream.com

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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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Learning about Father Corby

May 21, 2012

Here is another video in this 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 Josh  is teaching us about Father Corby:   […]

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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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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 23 – The John Rupp House

May 17, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I am talking about a recent visit to Gettysburg and visiting the John Rupp House Museum.  I also talk about exploring the battlefield and the Gettysburg Foundation. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow […]

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Exploring the Getttysburg Battlefield – Spangler’s Spring

May 16, 2012

This is the 2nd 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 Josh is teaching us about Spangler’s Spring at […]

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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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Creating Then and Now Images

May 7, 2012

Recently I have been creating some Then and Now images of the Gettysburg Battlefield where I take an original image from the Library of Congress and combine it with a modern version from the same (or close to) camera angle.   Here is a how to video that I created on how you can create […]

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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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