The National Park Project

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Overview of project done with 6th graders that included online research, wiki creation, and a variety of technology projects. Presented at MACUL in March 2009.

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The National Park Project

  1. 1. The National Park Project Karen Bosch - K - 8 Technology Instruction/Southfield Christian School Discovery Star Educator
  2. 2. Welcome to:
  3. 3. Resources posted at the Apple Learning Interchange: http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=17857
  4. 4. Why National Parks? Inspired by my travels Interesting topic w/safe searching & copyright free images Upcoming PBS documentary
  5. 5. Project Purposes Researching topic with Google Earth and search engines Creating online content Collaborating Differentiated instructional projects
  6. 6. Prior Knowledge - Inspiration
  7. 7. Exploring - Google Earth National Park Layer
  8. 8. Researching the Parks Students selected park to research Google Safe Search Discuss .gov, .org, .com, Google ads Bookmarked sites used
  9. 9. Searching for Images Safe unblocked images Copyright friendly images sources My National Park Flickr group Creative Commons Search
  10. 10. Media Kits Create files or CDs of images for students to use Discovery Streaming images and videos Media Kit giveaway
  11. 11. Creating Online Content using Wikis Wikispaces - free, easy, no emails needed for student accounts, no ads Students learned to add content, text format, add images, cite sources via links Individual/Group Projects
  12. 12. Example Wiki Page
  13. 13. Differentiated Instruction 6 different projects - familiar programs Activity cards First person to finish a project was “expert” to help others.
  14. 14. National Park Drawings using Kidpix
  15. 15. Comic Book using Comic Life
  16. 16. Travel Poster using Print Shop
  17. 17. National Park Trading Cards http://bighugelabs.com/ flickr/deck.php
  18. 18. National Park Trading Cards
  19. 19. GarageBand National Park Commercials Click to Listen
  20. 20. Postcards made with Keynote
  21. 21. Using the Wiki Content Fifth graders used the completed wiki to learn about a National Park Wrote a paragraph and drew picture Easy for them to understand
  22. 22. Invitation to Participate Fall 2009 - September and November Upper Elementary/Middle School Classes to join the project Cover all the National Parks (and parks outside US) Collaborate with partner in another school Contact me via email if interested
  23. 23. GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
  24. 24. Questions? kbosch@southfieldchristian.org Resources at: http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php? itemID=17857

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