A Geographical Journey Along the Silk Road #4
Stretching geographically from present-day Great Britain all the way to China across the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods, the Silk Road was the first example of a true global trade network. As traders moved goods like silk, wool, spices, gold, and jewels across almost 4,000 miles of harsh deserts, mountains, forests, and rivers, they changed the way that people interacted with one another and expanded the worldview of all who lived in their path. This class will take students on a sensory journey of various routes along the Silk Road, exploring the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of the traders who braved the harsh conditions. In addition to these enjoyable sensory pursuits, the course will also outline the history, geography, and culture of the various locations we will visit.
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Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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