”I’d have so much more knowledge about the war and it would mean so much more to me,” Simmons said.
Caradonna’s eBook includes a section of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos, including “Burning Monk,” taken June 11, 1963, by Malcolm Brown.
When students tap on this and other images, questions pop up.
The beauty of an electronic book is that it can be updated if additional pieces of information come to light, such as missing photos of some of the local casualties, said Brian Nagel, one of the technical facilitators who staff the iSchool and provide training and support for teachers.
Caradonna said her eBook is one of the first to be introduced at Haverhill High. Other teachers are interested in creating their own, she said.
One photo in the eBook shows POW bracelets on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
“One lesson is to research a name and find out what happened to that person,” said Caradonna, who brings her own POW bracelet to class to show that she, too, wore the jewelry that many American high school and college students wore to call attention to American prisoners of war in Vietnam.