California technology coordinator wins Google contest

Miramonte High School Technology Coordinator Cheryl Davis was named one of six winners of a Google contest to create a lesson plan using Google Earth’s new ancient Rome layer, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Davis, a former history teacher who is also a technology specialist for the district at large, will get several prizes: an Apple MacBook laptop, digital projector, digital camera, and $500 in gift cards. "When Google Earth for ancient Rome came out, that was so fascinating because you could see the architecture," Davis said. In her winning lesson, "A Roman holiday (with the ancients)," students compare the architecture and geography of ancient Rome with what exists today. Google’s judges were "thrilled" with the quality of the dozens of lessons submitted for the contest said Anna Bishop, a spokeswoman for Google’s geo-education program. Among the six winners nationwide, Davis stands out because she has also completed the company’s one-day teacher training course, Google Academy…

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