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iPad App Review: Virtual History Roma


App Name: Virtual History Roma

Cost: $9.99   

What does it promise?  From the App Store: “Mondadori presents a fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a full-immersion panoramic experience.”

padworx a christmas carolDoes it deliver? The format provides the viewer with an astonishing insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and multimedia content. From the spectacular digital reconstruction of the city's statues to breathtaking aerial views of the metropolis as it stood 2,000 years ago; and from the manipulation of models of the legionaries, gladiators and war engines to the 3D exploration of monuments such as the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Hadrian’s Mausoleum and many, many others, this app will enthrall students.

A terrific twist on the images of the reconstructed monuments is that they are portrayed from various angles, then overlaid and compared with their appearance in today’s Rome.

Students can observe how the site of the Colosseum was transformed from the original marshy hollow, to the great fire and Nero’s Domus Aurea, and finally to the amphitheatre itself. The virtual tour proceeds south to Pompeii, Ercolano and many other important Roman cities—in Europe and the Mediterranean—which are presented with 3D models, information pages and hundreds of superb-quality images.

Can I use it in my classroom? This is a brilliant tool for enhancing any history lesson dealing with ancient Rome.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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