Google Earth: Authentic Research

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Google Earth: Authentic Research

  1. 1. English 363: American Myths and Realities— A Google Earth Survey of Attitudes and Ideals Debbie Cohen Joy Cooper Scott Glass
  2. 2. Background information <ul><li>The course focuses on three essential questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How did early American writers and thinkers shape future stories/myths/realities ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. How have American storytellers dealt with changing identity, growth, and dynamism ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. How do present day American realities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>compare to American mythology ? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 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. 4. DIFFICULTIES
  5. 5. Why Google Earth?
  6. 6. Google Earth is… <ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Visual </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multimodal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Public </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Value Added <ul><li>Inquiry-based research </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Better thesis statements </li></ul><ul><li>Students saw utility of data </li></ul><ul><li>Easy collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Public, shared results </li></ul>
  8. 8. FUTURE STEPS <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for kids to create an end of year tour using course literature – How does Miller view America? </li></ul><ul><li>Explore Google Lit Trips – look for ways to integrate more deeply into the curriculum </li></ul>

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