Honors World History teacher Terry Owens is taking the class on a global adventure, to study Buddhist art and culture in Dunhuang, China, and her students won’t need to leave home.
The class at Pine-Richland high school is using Google Classroom, and following her adventure in the Far East along China’s historic Silk Road while she is thousands of miles away. Her trip is funded by the University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute and a Fulbright Grant.
She is posting video and photographs of her work to her three classes using Google Classroom. “We study religion and politics so it’s a way for them to get an understanding of how intertwined they are,” said Owens.
Owens will be expected to create and share lesson plans with other instructors after her trip. This includes instructors in Asian studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
The trip is a superb learning opportunity for Owens as well as staff and students, according to Pin-Richland High School principal Nancy Bowman.
“Her firsthand experiences will benefit our students and staff, as she will be sharing lessons and artifacts that will provide real-world applications to their work in the classroom,” said Bowman.