The early events have come to a close and I could not be more excited. The amount of data that could be used in the classroom is amazing in both breadth and depth. This data can be put into context with primary and secondary sources by museums around the world. This week we are seeing how these resources are being made available . But as we accumulate these resources how do we organize them so that they are accessible for both teachers and students?
We need something to put them all in the same context. Some easy way to relate things across time and the planet. We have samples that are millions or even billions of years old and things being created every second. Perhaps we need a planet to put it all together?
Image Google Earth with a time line slider. The continents and climate can shift with the slider back to early earth. Then on the planet we can hot spot places and object of interest in time. I imagine a search panel on the side could help people narrow down resources with meta data. But as opposed to just a list of search results it give a way to look at things in historical context.
For my school we can follow the legacy of William Penn, our founder. We can learn about him in America and in England. We can see what was taking place around him. And, we can see stories that took place before and after he passed through a place. Then, we can link to other stories to find interesting connections.
This may not be a simple task, and perhaps someone is working on it right now. But it would be an amazing way to see a world of context.