The seed was planted last year when local history expert, Sandy Hanson spent time with researchers identifying local landmarks and commenting on the contents of the Solon Historical Society's publication, "Solon Snapshots".
Class members gathered facts from the historical collection at the Solon Public Library and from local residents and paired that research up with images of city landmarks. They then added those two elements to a Google Map. I facilitated Sandy's visit and instructed students on how to collaborate on the map.
This year, over 70 students participated in an enhanced project which included primary source research at the public library, interviews with residents, video, still images and audio elements. For each class, the final product was a Google Map with individual sites loaded with at least one still image, text and either a podcast or video.
I created a "container" using Google Sites that held general instructions, tutorials, an image gallery and an embedded map for each section of "Revisit Iowa". I also created and shared the maps with the students so that they could upload content themselves. The result is a dynamic history project that can be shared with the community to generate new facts and research options for future "Revisit Iowa" enrollees.
For the Google Earth experience, download the KML file and open it in Google Earth.
I'm looking forward to working with next school year's "Revisit Iowa" students and their enthusiastic instructor.