"Maria Shriver touts new online learning tool"
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Maria Shriver touts new online learning tool
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>> Kids of California history have a new way to learn. It's interactive fun and it's online. Earlier I sat down with First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, one of the backers of this project, The California Legacy Trails, to find out what it's all about.
>> Maria: The Legacy Trails is a part of the California Museum's website and you can go on there much...there's a very famous trail in Boston called the Freedom Trail that you can actually walk and learn all about what happened in Boston. And these trails you can actually walk and learn all about the...you can walk them on the web so to speak and learn about the remarkable women that have contributed to making California the state it is today. So you will learn about the history of California through some women who are on this trail, and our goal is to really develop all kinds of educational trails whether it's an Innovator's Trail, an Environmental Trail, a trail of political movements that were born in California, the History Trail; the possibilities are endless and then people can go on and form their own trails and share them and say these are the most remarkable places I think that exist in California. What do you think of? And really the possibilities I think are endless and you learn as you develop these trails or go on them.
>> Explain how schoolchildren are going to want to hang out and actually explore these trails?
>> Maria: Well the goal is that eventually we'll have a learning lab and teachers will be able to use the trails, they'll be able to ask questions of the kids who go on the trails, kids will be able to write about trails, they'll be able to form their own trails, they'll be able to make perhaps a trail of the most remarkable men and women and people that they think have made California what it is; maybe remarkable people in their own lives and write essays about who they are.
>> It's kind of cool that you can make like people any President over here and you can make them how you want them to look and stuff like that and it's cool.
>> And Rameel [assumed spelling] what did you think? What was your favorite part about playing?
>> I like the thing where you can find out about people and you like you get to pick...like the people in your family you get to put them on a stage and things over there. It's kind of cool.
>> Maria: And these are educational tools and then you can let your imagination go from there.
>> Explain some of the technology.
>> Maria: I can't explain any of the technology at all. So you need to be going to the Adobe folks to have them explain the applications, the back, you know what do you call it? I don't know. Do not ask me about any of that.
>> We're using state of the art stuff by Adobe. We're actually using Flash primarily but we're also incorporating that with a Content Management System that allows the California Museum to update on the fly so it's very easy for them to kind of create updates and publish content; so it's a really unique and scalable tool for them.
>> And what does Governor Schwarzenegger think of the trails?
>> Maria: I don't know that he's been on it so you'll have to ask him but he'll have to go on it, learn about the remarkable women and then maybe he'd like to come up with his own trail idea. He'd probably like to do an environmental trail. He could do an immigrant's trail, why do so many immigrants come here; why do so many people come to California? I think that's really interesting and that would be a great trail that he could kind of oversee in his spare time.
>> And starting today anyone can go online and start playing?
>> Maria: That's correct.
>> Great. Well thank you so much First Lady Maria Shriver.
>> Maria: Thank you, thank you so much.
>> Thank you for your time.
>> Maria: Thank you.
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