Then we made these 360 degree photobubbles into an interactive journey up the mountain and through a variety of presentations and activities about God's Law and the Ten Commandments.
Students find the activities by rolling their mouse --searching for hidden spots in each photobubble to open an activity. Finding the content is half the fun.
The CD begins when you meet up with Moses in his Mt. Sinai office (seen at right). Moses has a presentation which brings your students up-to-date on how the Hebrews came to Mt. Sinai.
Outside in the first 'photobubble' your students come face to face with a camel. Click-hold and drag your mouse over the picture and the photobubble start to turn! To the left you'll see the base of Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery.
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At the bottom of Mt. Sinai, click on the monastery door to enter it. Open the Ark of the Covenant to hear God read the commandments and see interesting notes and questions about them which appear on the front of the ark.
Click on the stained glass window behind the Ark to see videoclips of young people talking about four of the commandments.
Back outside, don't forget to click on the sun outside the Monastery for a discussion starter about "Keeping the Sabbath Holy." See a screenshot from the first photobubble
Begin climbing Mt. Sinai by crossing over The Bridge Over Chaos Canyon. As they step on each plank, they'll learn the meaning and purpose of The Law. Careful on that last plank! --the Law can only take you so far --and then you must take the "Leap of Faith."
Before your cross the bridge, click on the signs to hear Moses' definition of "Promised Land." Older kids/youth will find an interesting side-trip and discussion starter when they click on the "S.S. My Way" shipwreck next to the bridge. Click this icon to see this ship >>
Once across the Chaos Canyon Bridge the trail passes by a cross, then you enter the second photobubble learning area. You're now halfway up the mountain!
Locate and Click a hotspot on the edge of the trail and you'll see the Ten "Scramblements" Tablets Game. "Rocky" the Sinai Hyrax is there with a sign that says, "Don't Touch the Tablets" ...because when you do, half the words fall off. He then encourages you to drag them back into place before Moses returns.
Click the sun to reveal a presentation and discussion starter about the 8th Commandment (stealing). Older children and youth will especially want to find the two "interactive Billboards" on the trail. Each billboard features cool music and presentations about the concept of IDOLS -using images from pop culture sure to stimulate discussion on the concept of "idols."
Don't miss the hidden hotspot up at the end of the trail...it features a "flash" presentation of The Great Commandment.
You're almost at the Summit now. Click on the side of the summit cliff and your knowledge of the Commandments will be tested at the Cliff Climb Quiz Game for one or two players. Answer questions about the Commandments and make it to the top. If you're in a hurry, you can take the bypass trail and go right to the Summit.
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The View from the Top of Mt. Sinai: A spectacular vista awaits you and your students on the Summit of Mount Sinai, which is the third and final interactive photobubble.
After looking around, enter the Summit Chapel to rephrase the Commandments in new language and print them out for discussion (see graphic of this activity below). How would you write the Commandments for a school setting?
Next.. Click on the cleft in the rock and Yahweh will sweep you off the summit into a music video and dramatic animated flyover of Mt. Sinai.
Before you leave the summit, leave your thoughts in the guestbook for others to read. You can find it by clicking the person sitting down behind the Chapel. You can also view previous visitors' comments (comments are recorded on the computer's hard drive for others to read later). If you have time... Click the Sun in the program will give you "more things to do and learn."
We've put more content in this CD than can possibly be covered in one typical lesson. Using a quick pace and skipping certain subjects, you can easily get to the top of Sinai in 20 minutes. Or, you can take your time, and stop to discuss content --stretching the use of the CD over several weeks. Each learning area has material layered in it for further exploration for those students who have the time. Some content will be especially fruitful for older students.
In many ways, our Ten C's CD is like a multimedia discussion starter. Students encounter presentations on content, then a question to discuss. Teachers should go through the CD with their students, or give them a worksheet with the questions printed on them.
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Theological & Translation Notes:
The Ten Commandments CD presents the commandments and concept of God's Law in an ecumenical and kid-friendly manner. The CD helps kids understand concepts, commandment vocabulary (such as "idols" and "covet"), and encourages them to think of ways to apply the commandments in their life. This CD has been specifically designed for Christians and connects the Commandments to the Great Commandment and role of Christ as our mediator. This CD's content was written by Neil MacQueen, a Presbyterian minister, and is being used by churches across the theological spectrum.
The CD uses the NRSV version of the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20. The NRSV's translation of the Commandments is EXTREMELY similar to other popular translations.
For the purposes of brevity and clarity in memorization, we did not include the verse "extensions" in verses 2, 4, 9 and 10. Thus, we went with "You shall not make for yourself an idol" and LEFT OFF verse 6's extension: "punishing children for the iniquity of parents to the third and fourth generation." We used the shortened version of 10, giving us "you shall not covet," leaving off the list of "slave, ox and donkey." Of course, you may want to share these extended verses with your older children, but like many Sunday School curriculums, we've opted for a slightly more readable and more easily memorized version of the Ten Commandments .
We used the standard traditional Protestant and Roman Catholic numbering convention for the Ten C's. Lutherans, by tradition, use a slightly different numbering breakdown, though most probably don't even know they do!).
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