The Roma app format provides the viewer with an astonishing insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and multimedia content: from the spectacular digital reconstruction of the city's statues to breathtaking aerial views of the metropolis as it stood 2,000 years ago. The reconstruction of their original appearance, as seen from various angles, is overlaid and compared with their appearance in today’s Rome.
Maps and introductory data sheets make it possible to make an in-depth study of the origins of Rome, its conquests and the fall of the empire, the Romans’ extraordinary engineering feats, art, wars and public spectacles, profiles of the various emperors, and you can discover how much of Roman civilization has survived to the present day.
The Roma virtual tour proceeds south to Pompeii, Ercolano and other important Roman cities – in Europe and the Mediterranean – which are all presented with 3D models, information pages and hundreds of superb quality images.
Better still get the students to develop quest activities. This could even be a chance to incorporate the use of QR codes with your class. When the students find the answer to one of the quest questions they get access to the next piece of source material via QR code.
Let your students be creative. Use The Roma App with other non-iPad resources like Web 2.0 tools. Ask them;
- create a detective story where the students follow the case clues in the simulated locations
- Use Scribblemaps to take a screenshot and annotate a map with places of significance from their notes
- plot the routes of significant events and include markers to indicate significant places in a journey
- create a narrative “A day in the life of …….” include descriptions of significant places and buildings
- use BlockPosters to create a massive backdrops for your classroom
- develop role plays or re-enactments of important events in front of your backdrops
- use Blabberize to put famous speeches in the mouth of historical figures
- to find ways of locating and linking existing resources to a Google Map
- ask them to develop other activities to use in conjunction with the Google Earth Ancient Rome 3D