Bernard Frischer, director of the "Rome Reborn" project and director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, stated, "'Rome Reborn 1.0' is the continuation of five centuries of research by scholars, architects and artists since the Renaissance who have attempted to restore the ruins of the ancient city with words, maps and images. Now, through hard work by our interdisciplinary team, we have realized their seemingly impossible dream. This is just the first step in the creation of a virtual time machine, which our children and grandchildren will use to study the history of Rome and many other great cities around the world.Every student learns about ancient civilizations as part of the K-12 curriculum. This virtual world will transform learning in our classrooms and allow students to envision life in ancient times in ways never dreamed possible.
This is a paradigm shift of enormous magnitude. Are there any teachers who would not utilize such a rich and sophisticated resource? The power of interactive, digital simulation vs. the power of static, inflexible print in textbooks. Which resource would you prefer in your classroom?