NASELLE - Fifth- and eighth-grade students in Naselle are using technology to learn history. Once a month Naselle connects to a live satellite broadcast from Colonial Williamsburg. Students watch the broadcast and speak with historians over the telephone.
Each broadcast is connected to Internet activities, so students explore choices colonial-era people made, the settlements, and the issues of the day. In class, students read and respond to primary source documents rather than textbooks. In other words, they are reading and analyzing letters, contracts, speeches, and diary entries.
Fifth graders enlarged a map of Williamsburg, and each student made a house for a colonist. A few went to to research exact styles of architecture. Nathan Reitz said that his colonist lived in a house with a particular Colonial style, which always had five windows in the second story. A few other students made replicas of houses they saw on the Web site.