Transmedia Learning: Apollo 11
If you haven't heard already, today is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. There are endless ways to celebrate the occasion and learn more about Neil Armstrong's "giant step for mankind." Fifty years ago, the world gathered around television sets to watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the moon while Michael Collins continued to orbit the moon.
Today, endless media sources preserve the momentous occasion and the countless stories of the people who made this human triumph possible - videos, books, images, tv shows, podcasts, apps, movies, and more. When we string together these different media experiences, becoming immersed in the story, learning about the topic, it's called transmedia learning.
While there are unlimited opportunities to hear, witness, and experience the Eagle landing, here are a few to kick-off your own transmedia adventure through space history.
Experience the original moon landing through restored footage of the video seen around the world.
Google made an awesome short animation about the mission narrated by Michael Collins, one of the original astronauts.
Check out the Smithsonian's re-creation of the Apollo 11 rocket launch projected onto the Washington Monument.
The First Moon Landing by Chip Lovitt gives young kids a condensed history of the Apollo 11 mission.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
This children's book introduces readers to the people behind the moon missions, particularly the four black mathematicians featured in a major motion picture by the same name.
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons provides young explores with an introduction to the moon.
Looking for some hands-on apps? Moon Globe by Midnight Martian provides users with a virtual guide to the moon.
SkyView by Explore the Universe gives users the opportunity to explore galaxy - how planets, moons, stars, and more travel through the solar system and dance across the night sky.
Pass Finder by Christian Hansen helps you track the International Space Station as it passes overhead.
Houston Public Radio offers a glimpse into both the past and the future of space exploration. Hear from those who made the Apollo missions possible and those who work to make future NASA missions a reality.
In the 50 years since the Apollo missions, there is still a lot that we don't know about the moon. Find out more about how NASA continues to study and learn about the moon today in this NASA podcast.
NASA's extensive podcast series explores not only the historical missions of our past, but the people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.