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Learning Expeditions

  1. 1. Networked Learning http://www.thenetworkedlearner.com Learning Expeditions: Using Google Earth to Explore, Collaborate and Promote Social Engagement Online
  2. 2. How to absorb the next 60 minutes • Know there are links to all of this information online. • Contribute to our discussions. • Write down your brainstorms of HOW you will take this information to your classrooms. • Feel free to follow along when we jump online to these apps! Networked Learning 2009
  3. 3. Where to find this information The Networked Learner Wiki http://thenetworkedlearner.wikispaces.com Networked Learning 2009
  4. 4. Agenda Session I Session II • What is a Geo-Application? • Developing Learning • Overview of Geo-Tools Expeditions • Getting Around in Earth • Lesson Ideas for All Grades • Creating Searches • Creating Placemarks • Adding Content • Embeding Video and Other • Searching for Content Apps • Layers in Google Earth • Save Your Work • Google Earth Community Networked Learning 2009
  5. 5. What is a geo-application? • Geographical Information Systems store data and associate the data, stored in a database, with points and polygons that comprise a map. • Various tools allow you to manipulate these data points and understand the relationships between them. Networked Learning 2009
  6. 6. Geo-Tools that talk to each other Maps Earth • View in web browser • Highly realistic with title, • Create custom Google maps rotate & zoom • Easy Collaboration • 3D terrain and 3D buildings • Shared via simple web links • Virtual flights through content • Embed easily in a website • Layers an many subjects Networked Learning 2009
  7. 7. Geo-Tools that talk to each other (cont.) Google Sky Sketchup • Earth and Space-based telescope • Teach perspective and spatial data viewed in web browsers relationships • Historical maps of the sky • Create, modify and share 2D and • Virtual flights through the solar 3D models system and beyond • Embed models in Earth • 3D terrain of the Moon and Mars Networked Learning 2009
  8. 8. Google for Educators http://www.google.com/educators/geo.html Networked Learning 2009
  9. 9. Downloading Google Earth http://earth.google.com Networked Learning 2009
  10. 10. Google Earth 5.0 Interface Menu Bar – Content Creation Tools Search Panel Places Panel Nav. Tools Layers Panel Lat., Long. and Elevation Networked Learning 2009
  11. 11. Searching for Content http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en Use Google’s Advanced Search to find file types .KML or .KMZ Networked Learning 2009
  12. 12. Layers in Google Earth • Over 200 layers on different topics associated with many disciplines. • More layers to download from the Google Earth Showcase and Google Earth Online Community. • Students can create their own content, including embedding video, audio, quizzes, and more. • Development of layers is scalable from basic insertion of text to the use of XHTML and JavaScript Networked Learning 2009
  13. 13. Earth Outreach Showcase http://earth.google.com/outreach/showcase.html Networked Learning 2009
  14. 14. Share Your Lesson Ideas Google Earth Community http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ Networked Learning 2009
  15. 15. Developing Learning Expedition Session II Networked Learning 2009
  16. 16. Geo-Apps inspire students to… Discover Your World - conduct research and identify problems Engage in Discourse - talk about historical events and their significance on modern society Collect and Analyze Data - use spatial tools and math skills to problem solving Negotiate Your Surrounding - to find your location, explore a trail or go on an adventure in a foreign land and meet people from other cultures Become Globally Aware - look at global issues that affect us all; understand the relationship between people and places Engage in Social Action - to become part of civil and social engagement efforts to solve problems in our community and abroad Networked Learning 2009
  17. 17. Discover Your World • Google Apps can be used to inspire students to do discover and be aware of their surrounding. • Pre-K and K students memorize their home address and are then shown where it is in Google Earth. More lesson ideas for integrating GE Apps into PreK and K at: Networked Learning 2009 http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgdwkz9w_65dzbp67gs
  18. 18. Engage in Discourse • Geo Apps allow you to add points, polygons and 3D shapes and then save the file. You can also add placemarks which can contain text, pictures, and links. • In this activity, 3rd graders researched American explorers and collectively built a map of their research, then discussed the significance on modern scoiety. More lesson ideas for integrating GE Apps into the Elementary Classroom at: Networked Learning 2009 http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgdwkz9w_66dvcqqbrh
  19. 19. Collect and Analyze Data • Students used satellite images from Google Earth and various embedded math tools to determine the slope and difficulty and then compared it to Ski resort ratings. More lesson ideas for integrating GE Apps into Middle School at: Networked Learning 2009 http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgdwkz9w_68dp4wdxcc
  20. 20. Integrate GPS Data into Earth • 6th grade students at Walker took Garmin GPS units to the Atlanta zoo and used them to find the location of various animals. Besides collecting data on some of the animals for science class, the also uploaded the data points and were tasked with calculating the shortest route to see all of the animals with minimal overlapping in their route. The also calculated the total distance walked during the exercise. Networked Learning 2009
  21. 21. Negotiate Your Surrounding • Use GeoApps to plan hiking, caving and camping trips. High school students at Walker create Expedition Lit Trips to study historical and modern explores and the significance their discoveries played on modern society and extreme sports. Expedition Lit Trips can be found at: Networked Learning 2009 http://expeditionlittrips.wikispaces.com
  22. 22. Teacher as Designer • See yourself as a curriculum designer – owner of the curriculum you teach. • Honor creativity – yours first, then the student’s • Repurpose the technology! Go beyond simple “use” and “integration” to innovation. Networked Learning 2009
  23. 23. Poetry of Place http://poetryofplace.wikispaces.com • Students can learn about the beauty of a place by taking pictures and studying the poetry written about a particular place and then create placemarks about their studies. More lesson ideas for integrating GE Apps into High School at: Networked Learning 2009 http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgdwkz9w_69chpv96f8
  24. 24. Become Globally Aware • Students can use Geo Apps to create layers about a social issues and to raise awareness and plan fund raising activities. • In this project, students study how children are marginalized around the world through poverty, malnutrition, mental disorders, disease and other topics. Students use their online networks to raise money for global children’s charities. The Lost Children’s projects can be found at: Networked Learning 2009 http://ourlostchildren.wikispaces.com
  25. 25. Scaffolds to Becoming a Networked Learner • Share • Cooperate • Collaborate • Collective Action According to Clay Shirky “Here Comes Everyone” , there are for stages to becoming a networked learner. - http://www.shirky.com/ Networked Learning 2009
  26. 26. Explore the Spatial Relationship of History and Literature • Students read books on expedition history and extreme sports around the globe. These students are interested in history, its people and the places they lived. We are also interested in studying the significance historical expeditions play on contemporary literature. Expedition Lit Trips project can be found at: Networked Learning 2009 http://landofhope.wikispaces.com
  27. 27. Cooperate with Others to Learn • Students from around the country are cooperating on an interdisciplinary project to visualize various historical and modern immigrations around the globe. They are interested in the push and pull factors that motivate people from various cultures to move. The Land of Hope project can be found at: Networked Learning 2009 http://landofhope.wikispaces.com
  28. 28. Engage in Research and Social Action • Students at all grade levels through college can collaborate on developing research questions, collect data (chemical, geological, biological, cultural), and analyze information to study a current problem. The project encourages students to take responsibility for keeping their local water supply clean. • Google Docs, Forms, Sites and Earth can be used to display and share data between researchers. The Clean Watersheds project can be found at: Networked Learning 2009 http://cleanwatersheds.wikispaces.com
  29. 29. Education is on the Move Shifting From Shifting To Learning at School Learning anytime / anywhere Teaching as a private event Teaching as a public, collaborative practice Learning as passive participant Learning in a participatory culture Learning as individuals Learning in a networked community Linear knowledge Distributed knowledge Networked Learning 2009
  30. 30. Question Your Role in Education And the Role of Technology • Are you using your technology resources to promote global connections and collaborations? • How are you using technology to promote deep rigor and critical thinking skills? • Are you creating digital citizens who understand good and right in a fast changing world? • Do you balance the celebration of individual achievement with empowering students to live and succeed in a participatory culture-- one that shifts the focus of literacy from individual expression to community involvement? • Are you maximizing the opportunities of collective action to underscore what a life of purpose and service can entail in the 21st Century? Networked Learning 2009
  31. 31. Google Earth Screencast Tutorials http://thenetworkedlearner.wikispaces.com/Tutorials Screencast Tutorials Available on wiki site. Networked Learning 2009
  32. 32. Thank You “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey. - John Hope Franklin Networked Learning 2009