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Technology Descriptions

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Technology Descriptions




Technology Description:

This website was created using a free, online tool called PBwiki. A wiki is a website that allows visitors to become participants in the collaborative effort of creating and editing the site. Participants can easily add, remove, and edit the content without any special technical knowledge or tools apart from a computer with an Internet connection. This ease use and accessibility make a wiki an ideal tool for for class communication and collaboration.  Permission levels for viewing and editing the wiki and its pages are set by the instructor.  Several companies offer free wikis for educational use.  The following webpages contain various examples from three of them:




This wiki was initially developed by creating the desired pages and then linking the pages together with hyperlinks.  The pages were then edited with the content from the original Annotated Resource Set, Pearl Harbor, as well as example projects that were created using the technologies listed below.  It took approximately eight hours to set up the wiki, but it will continuously grow and evolve over time. 


Google Earth


Technology Description:

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, create interactive learning experiences, save your creations and toured places, and share with others.



Using GPS coordinates, the attack locations for the USS Arizona and USS West Virginia were marked using custom placemarks.  Using HTML, the description boxes for each ship were populated with a Library of Congress primary source, a link to the bibliographic record for the source, a table with basic ship information and a final link citing the information.  

An image overlay depicting the japanese attack routes was then resized to fit directly over the Pearl Harbor area and the overlay opacity was decreased to show the relationship between the overlay and modern geographic features.


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Technology Description:

(From www.wordle.net) "Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."



Wordle was used to visually compare text taken from accounts of the Pearl Harbor survivors from both the USS Arizona and the USS West Virginia. Three accounts of survivors from each ship were found on various websites.  The text of these accounts was cut and paste and combined into a MSWord document, and then the resulting text was copied into the input field in the Wordle web application.  Two Wordle images were created: one for the USS Arizona and one for the USS West Virginia.  The resulting images were visually arranged, and then saved into the Wordle gallery so that they could be viewed by others.   The last step was to create a link to the image from within the class wiki.  This was done by simply copying the code provided by the Wordle application and pasting it into the wiki page.


Graphic Design Software




Wordpress Blog


Technology Description


A blog is a frequently updated web page of short journal entries (called posts) about the author’s opinions and thoughts, current news, links to interesting web sites, and much more. A blog is written in a relaxed, conversational style. Readers of the blog may make comments on the posts made by the author, allowing them to contribute to the conversation. Blog entries are listed in reverse chronological order – the most recent entries are at the top of the page.


Teachers can use blogs to communicate with their peers, students, and their students’ parents. Some schools also provide individual blogs for their students. This provides a way for students to post their journal entries and for their teachers and classmates to respond back with their comments.   Check out an extensive list of educational blogs on the Support Blogging wiki. 




A general internet search was performed using terms relating to survivor stories of Pearl Harbor.  The National Geographic website "Remembering Pearl Harbor Memory Book" was used as a foundation for story ideas, such as sailor ranks, survival rate per battleship, as well as personal, detailed stories of the main events of that day.  A blog entry was then written as a sailor who survived the aerial bombardment aboard the USS Arizona.  The entry was written as if the teacher was setting the initial example for the lesson, so the story is most likely more detailed than what an average student might create.



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