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Teaching Classics with Technology

Edited by Bartolo Natoli and Steven Hunt


“This must surely now become the seminal text now for all those engaged in the teaching of classics, whether the languages or civilisation. It is also extremely relevant to those who are interested in the development and application of technology in schools and colleges, regardless of subject specialism. 

The editors have skilfully put together a collection of 19 pertinent case studies, all written by current practitioners in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and USA. Each describes the author’s methodology clearly, explaining how their practice is rooted in pedagogical and philosophical theories and providing rigorous evaluation of the success of their approach. Copious notes and references support each chapter, and appendices provide a glossary and a brief outline of the British and American educational systems... This book aims ‘not only to shine the spotlight on the tremendous and innovative uses of instructional technology occurring in Classics classrooms across the globe, but also to provide fodder for inspiration and debate, for collaboration and networking, and—ultimately—for teaching and learning.’ I have no doubt that it fulfils these aims and will be an inspiration to countless teachers.”

Classics for All reviews

The impact of ICT on the teaching of classical languages, literature and culture has not until now been extensively described and evaluated. Nevertheless, educational technology has made a huge difference to the ways in which Classics is taught at junior, senior and college level.


The book brings together twenty major approaches to the use of technology in the classroom and presents them for a wide, international audience. It thus forms a record of current and developing practice, promotes further discussion and use among practitioners (teachers, learners and trainers) and offers suggestions for changes in pedagogical practices in the teaching of Classics for the better.


The many examples of practice from both UK and US perspectives are applicable to countries throughout the world where Classics is being taught. The more traditional curricula of high-school education in the UK and Europe are drawing more and more on edutech, whereas educational jurisdictions in the US are increasingly expecting high-school students to use ICT in all lessons, with some actively dissuading schools from using traditional printed textbooks.


This book presents school teachers with a vital resource as they adapt to this use of educational technology in Classics teaching. This is no less pertinent at university level, in the UK and US, where pedagogy tends to follow traditionalist paradigms: this book offers lecturers frameworks for understanding and assimilating the models of teaching and learning which are prevalent in schools and experienced by their students.

Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN 9781350110939

Published 13th June 2019


​Introduction: Bartolo Natoli, Randolph-Macon College, USA and Steven Hunt, University of Cambridge, UK Part I Blended and Distance Models 1 Flipping Romans: experiments in using technology for teaching in higher education Kate Gilliver, Cardiff University, UK 2 Auream quisquis mediocritatem diligit: The Joyful Learning Community Model for Learning Latin Online Justin Schwamm, independent scholar, USA 3 Distance Learning Latin Verity Walden, independent scholar, UK 4 Making IT Count: Measuring Student Engagement with Online Latin Resources at the Open University Mair Lloyd, independent scholar, UK and James Robson, Open University, UK 5 VLW, Latin Literature, and Student Voice Elizabeth Lewis, independent scholar, UK 6 Going Digital: The Principles behind CyberCaesar Alan Chadwick, independent scholar, UK 7 Una Vita: Exploring the Relationship between Play, Learning Science, and Cultural Competency Stephen Slota, University of Connecticut, USA and Kevin Ballestrini, independent scholar, USA Part II Classics without Language: Literature, Culture, and Outreach Models 8 Using Virtual Learning Environments for Classics Outreach Emma Searle, independent scholar, UK 9 From Research on Roman History into Cartoons and Outreach to UK Schools Ray Laurence, Macquarie University, Australia 10 Vase Animations and Primary-Aged Learners Sonya Nevin, independent scholar, UK 11 Sketchup and digital modelling for Classics Matthew Nicholls, University of Reading, UK 12 iPad Technology and the Classics Classroom Caron Downes, independent scholar, UK 13 Just-in-time learning: Using handheld voting devices in the undergraduate lecture room Helen Lovatt, University of Nottingham, UK 14 Teaching the Geography of the Ancient World Scott Arcenas, Dartmouth College, USA Part III Using Technology in the Ancient Language Classroom 15 Bridging the Gap between Students and Antiquity: Language Acquisition Videos with Minecraft and CI/TPRS Jessie Craft, independent scholar, USA 16 On Stage and Screen: 'Big Book' Latin and Dialogic Teaching Steven Hunt, University of Cambridge, UK 17 Using Annotations in Google Docs to Foster Authentic Classics Learning Roger Travis, University of Connecticut, USA 18 Project-Based Learning, Technology, and the Advanced Language Classroom Bartolo Natoli, Randolph-Macon College, USA 19 In the Classroom with Multi-Modal Teaching Lisa Hay, independent scholar, UK

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