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The National Park Project


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.

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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  • 1. The National Park Project Karen Bosch - K - 8 Technology Instruction/Southfield Christian School Discovery Star Educator
  • 2. Welcome to:
  • 3. Resources posted at the Apple Learning Interchange:
  • 4. Why National Parks? Inspired by my travels Interesting topic w/safe searching & copyright free images Upcoming PBS documentary
  • 5. Project Purposes Researching topic with Google Earth and search engines Creating online content Collaborating Differentiated instructional projects
  • 6. Prior Knowledge - Inspiration
  • 7. Exploring - Google Earth National Park Layer
  • 8. Researching the Parks Students selected park to research Google Safe Search Discuss .gov, .org, .com, Google ads Bookmarked sites used
  • 9. Searching for Images Safe unblocked images Copyright friendly images sources My National Park Flickr group Creative Commons Search
  • 10. Media Kits Create files or CDs of images for students to use Discovery Streaming images and videos Media Kit giveaway
  • 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. Example Wiki Page
  • 13. Differentiated Instruction 6 different projects - familiar programs Activity cards First person to finish a project was “expert” to help others.
  • 14. National Park Drawings using Kidpix
  • 15. Comic Book using Comic Life
  • 16. Travel Poster using Print Shop
  • 17. National Park Trading Cards flickr/deck.php
  • 18. National Park Trading Cards
  • 19. GarageBand National Park Commercials Click to Listen
  • 20. Postcards made with Keynote
  • 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. 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. GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
  • 24. Questions? Resources at: itemID=17857