Harlan Co. Portal 31 Virtual Field Trip
I teach at Rosspoint Elementary in Harlan County deep in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, the most beautiful place on earth. I am an American history teacher and am very proud to share Kentucky’s role in the history of that great nation. For example, Harlan County contributed to the successful World War II victory of our American nation in such ways as leading the world in coal production during the World War II years. My students are accustomed to using local examples of history to help understand the context for national history. The goal of our ARI Learning Innovative Grant is to explore and celebrate local coal mining history and to think like historians. We want to do this by implementing technology and utilizing community sources to showcase Harlan County and develop pride in the traditions and history of our region especially needed during our economic decline that has occurred as a result of the “War on Coal”. Students will culminate learning by creating a virtual field trip on theholler.org website.