Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Interactive Pearl Harbor Attack Map

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into WWII. I posted some resources for teaching about Pearl Harbor here.

National Geographic has a good resource students can explore to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Interactive Pearl Harbor Attack Map is a map and timeline accompanied by voice narration. Each stop along the timeline of the attack is accompanied by a short narrated passage. At each stop students can click on the map to read more information about that place and moment in the chronology of the attack.

Applications for Education
National Geographic's Interactive Pearl Harbor Attack Map is a good example of how digital media can be better than print media of learning about some topics. The Interactive Pearl Harbor Map contains at least as much information about Pearl Harbor as a standard middle school textbook, but also provides support for struggling readers and provides visual geographic context for the information presented.