Dr. Christoph Pallaske of the Historisches Institut at the Universität zu Köln has developed the most interesting site (segu or selbstgesteuert entwickelnder geschichts-unterricht) that allows users to visit historical places using Google Street View. One very interesting example is this walk along the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. This is especially meaningful for me as every time I lecture on Roman Britain, I express the wish to hike the wall some day. (A student of mine has actually done so and I am so jealous!) Other projects currently available include the Berlin Wall, the Nuremberg Rally site, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the Berliner Schloßplatz. Among other things, the site allows for the creation of local, self-generated history classes and walks. (That’s where the selbstgesteuert entwickelnder part comes in.)
The way that we can craft new media to enhance learning about and understanding the past is incredible. We are on the threshold of a whole new age.