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Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
Google Earth: Authentic Research
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  • 1. English 363: American Myths and Realities— A Google Earth Survey of Attitudes and Ideals Debbie Cohen Joy Cooper Scott Glass
  • 2. Background information
    • The course focuses on three essential questions:
      • How did early American writers and thinkers shape future stories/myths/realities ?
      • 2. How have American storytellers dealt with changing identity, growth, and dynamism ?
      • 3. How do present day American realities
      • compare to American mythology ?
  • 3. THE ASSIGNMENT As a warm-up to the project, students viewed videos of Americans discussing their own take on the American Dream. Then, students conducted research to find out how people from a range of backgrounds regard America and the American experiment. PBS: The American Dream
  • 4. DIFFICULTIES
  • 5. Why Google Earth?
  • 6. Google Earth is…
          • Visual
          • Multimodal
          • Shared
          • Public
  • 7. Value Added
    • Inquiry-based research
    • Authentic engagement
    • Better thesis statements
    • Students saw utility of data
    • Easy collaboration
    • Public, shared results
  • 8. FUTURE STEPS
    • Kids need to generate the interview protocol and create a template for posting information on Google Earth in order to achieve a more uniform final product.
    • Plans for kids to create an end of year tour using course literature – How does Miller view America?
    • Explore Google Lit Trips – look for ways to integrate more deeply into the curriculum

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