In early December, Google announced a Curriculum Competition to combine Google Earth Rome 3D content with traditional classroom curricula.
Rome 3D is based on Rome Reborn, an international initiative whose goal is the creation of 3D digital models illustrating the urban development of ancient Rome from the first settlement in the late Bronze Age (ca. 1000 B.C.) to the depopulation of the city in the early Middle Ages (ca. A.D. 550).
Submissions are due by February 9, 2009. The Submission guidelines, from the Google site, are:
Submissions to the Google Ancient Rome 3D Curriculum Competition will be judged based on the following elements:
* Educational value
* Clarity, organization, and resources used
* Use of Ancient Rome 3D layer in Google Earth
Winners will be chosen in each of three curriculum areas:
1. Geography/social studies/history
3. Literature/language arts/English/philosophy.
One K-8 and one 9-12 submission will be chosen as a winner in each subject matter group.
Rome Reborn website at Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) of the University of Virginia: Rome Reborn
Google Earth Ancient Rome site: Ancient Rome 3D
Contest site: Ancient Rome 3D Curriculum Competition