GeoTools as WebQuest Tasks

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Using GPS, Google Maps and Google Earth, geocaching as part of a WebQuest task.

Using GPS, Google Maps and Google Earth, geocaching as part of a WebQuest task.

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  • 1. GPS and GeoTools as WebQuest Tasks
    Bernie Dodge, PhD
    San Diego State University
    http://webquest.org/workshops/gps
  • 2.
  • 3. Summarize
    Create
    Design
    Predict
    Decide
    Analyze
  • 4. Summarize
    Create
    Design
    Predict
    Decide
    Analyze
  • 5. Design
    Solving a problem or creating a change to achieve a pre-determined end result while working within realistic constraints
  • 6. Idea #1: Small World
    Choose a number of existing places to create a theme park
    Decide on a scale to use and calculate the dimensions
    Choose a site for your park that can accommodate it
    Organize the attractions to meet specific goals
  • 7. Idea #2: Walking Tour
    Design a walking tour of a specific place for a specific audience with specific interests
    Create the tour in Google Maps and annotate it with relevant information
    Examples:
    Architectural styles in our neighborhood
    Nature walks with specific trees, rocks, etc.
    Cultural tours introducing outsiders to the unique qualities of your hood
  • 8. Bonthe, Sherbro Island
    http://tinyurl.com/bonthemap
  • 9. Google Lit Trips
    http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html
  • 10. Idea #3: DIY Lit Trips
    Identify a book or story with identifiable locations mentioned.
    Find those locations on the map and explore their surroundings.
    Add placemarks with information that will enhance understanding of the book.
  • 11. Analyze
    Take things apart in a useful way. Identify patterns in data.
  • 12.
  • 13. Idea #4: Critter Count
    Choose one or more living creatures to study
    Provide a protocol for recording sightings
    Record sightings on Google Maps
    Analyze findings and look for patterns
  • 14. Idea #5: Latitudology
    Choose two latitudes
    Gather data from a sample of places along each parallel
    Analyze for what’s the same and what’s different
    Identify anomalies and investigate them
  • 15. http://www.confluence.org
  • 16. Create
    Open ended thinking with many possible end points. Encourages surprisingness, originality while still working within the confines of a genre.
  • 17. Idea #6: X from the Air
    Create a cinematic view of places you select using Google Earth
    Select the places and views for some artistic effect
    Capture the tour and add music and titles using iMovie, MovieMaker, etc.
  • 18. Idea #7: Travel Chronicles
    Write an account of a trip you haven’t actually taken.
    Use Google Maps to identify things you would see and describe them colorfully
    Provide an annotated map to accompany your story
  • 19. Travel Bugs
    http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=493853
  • 20. JarJar Bernie’s Journey
  • 21. Decide
    Make an informed choice from among several alternatives while taking competing ideas into account
  • 22.
  • 23. Idea #8: Site Selection
    Pick a site for something new while working within given criteria.
    Consider location, size, surroundings, costs and benefits
  • 24.
  • 25. http://www.questgarden.com/62/59/7/080318044044/
  • 26. Eight Geo WebQuests
    Small World
    Walking Tour
    Critter Count
    DIY Lit Trips
    Latitudology
    X from the Air
    Travel Chronicles
    Site Selection
  • 27. A Challenge
    Create a complete WebQuest using one of these formats before February 1.
    If accepted, you’ll be given a 3 year subscription to QuestGarden!
    http://questgarden.com
  • 28. GPS and GeoTools as WebQuest Tasks
    Bernie Dodge, PhD
    San Diego State University
    http://webquest.org/workshops/gps