Join me at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 17 for my presentation: “Illuminating the Scriptures and Virtually Visiting the Holy Land” part of the Learn Our Religion Lecture Series sponsored by the Cruise Lady. Location: Cruise Lady Event Center, West Jordan, UT. For tickets, call 888-707-4386.
Join me for a “Learn Our Religion” presentation:
Title: “Illuminating the Scriptures and Virtually Visiting the Holy Land . . . Whenever You Please”
When: Thursday, Nov 19, 2015. 7:00 PM
Where: Cruise Lady Event Center 9116 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT, United States (map)
Description: Learn about easily accessible basic tools that allow you to use your computer to visit various destinations. The Holy Land has often been called the 5th Gospel. Visiting the Holy Land is a life-long dream for many faithful members of the Church, though not always feasible. Free technologies now make a virtual visit to sacred locations in the Holy Land just a click or two away. Such technologies help us to understand the significance of Jesus’ message and how he taught significant gospel truths with the landscape. Bring a note pad for this one. Come be edified, visually satisfied, and instructed on how to virtually visit the Holy Land whenever you please.
Cost $8 per person: Due to limited seating reservations are required. Please contact Cruise Lady at 801-453-9444 or 888-707-4386 to register.
At the Society of Biblical Literature annual conference, I’m presenting on “Teaching the Bible with Google Earth and Other Visualization Tools.”
“Humans are visual learners. Texts alone cannot provide the full context for engaging the Bible. Therefore, emerging visualization tools, particularly geographical tools offer promising opportunities to engage our students more significantly in reading and understanding Biblical texts. The purpose of this presentation is to provide several examples of how meaning, understanding, and interpretation of the Bible may be enhanced when it is read in its geographical context. I will introduce several free geographical study tools such as Google Earth, the Google Earth Bible (scriptures.byu.edu/mapscrip) and the VirtualWorldProject.org. Then I will model teaching and studying practices that employ these tools to help learners develop their Biblical interpretation skills. Case examples to serve as models of teaching the Bible visually and geographically will include Caesarea Philippi in Matthew 16, the Temple Mount in John 8, Tel Dan in Genesis 14, Beth She’an in 1 Samuel 31, Timna in 1 Kings 7, Lachish in 2 Kings 14.”
I’m presenting at the Instructional Design & Learning Community conference on Friday at BYU on the topic of Engaging the Scriptures Geographically. I’ll be drawing upon my published research on Interpreter “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights.” My presentation is from 10:00 am – 10:30 am, room 2295 of the BYU Conference Building.
Back on July 4, 2014, my article “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights” was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
Why Geographical Visual Learning?
Humans are visual learners. The content area of scripture is primarily conceptual and abstract, and thus many readers struggle to master the core fundamentals of history, geography, and themes of the scriptural texts. Without such fundamentals, learners are adrift in an ocean of content without a meaningful map to order and make sense of it all. Visually immersive learning environments can significantly enhance learning gains. Such learning gains are possible when abstract concepts are visually concretized.
Scripture Tools: Introduction to Google Earth and Google Earth Bible (GEB)
In this article I will review several geographical tools that help to contextualize stories, which can aid in understanding the scriptures and drawing out meaning from them. Then using these tools I’ll demonstrate how the meaning of a variety of scriptural passages may be enhanced by reading the scriptures in geographical context. I will conclude by providing other suggested geographical and visual learning with scripture resources.
Learn more at: “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights“
As of Friday, April 27, Google has launched its streeview service for Jerusalem. Ever wanted to visit Jerusalem but didn’t have the money, or time, or were worried about safety? (Israel is very safe, tourists are some of the safest people in the middle east because the middle east is so heavily dependent on tourism, they are not about to destroy their economy by scaring off the tourists). So, now you can virtually visit Jerusalem by logging in to Google maps or Google Earth, go to Jerusalem and view to your heart’s content. Now, I must say, as much as I love Google maps (I’ve passed many a happy hour exploring the world this way), there is nothing like being on site to hear and see and know for yourself. In fact, this autumn Lisa and I will be leading a 10-day travel tour to Israel October 13-22, 2012. Learn more at Bountiful Travel’s website.