slide.001 — Gone Google - Integrating project-based lessons with Google Tools
slide.002 — As the 2008 presidential election gets underway, use collaborative interactive tools to engage your students in the election story. With a project-based approach, help them follow the issues, the politics and use analysis as they become involved in the election process.
slide.003 — In teams, assign students a candidate(s) watch. Teams locate and "Placemark" potential and announced candidates in a Google Earth tour.
slide.004 — In "Placemark Descriptions", teams include pertinent information (date of announcement, links to the candidate web site, state electoral number, party affiliation) and links to their Google Docs & Spreadsheet and Blogs.
slide.005 — Teams link Earth "Placemark Descriptions" to video of candidate announcement or speeches.
slide.006 — C-SPAN Classroom http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/ is a good place to find short video clips of the candidates. Teachers can join C-SPAN Classroom for free.
slide.007 — Using Earth's "Image Overlay", teams link photos of the candidates to the map.
slide.008 — Teacher centralizes current kmz file from each team and combines files to make a class "kmz candidates file". Each time student kmz files are updated, teacher adds them to class "kmz candidates file". Ongoing class discussion centers on the role of geography in an election, the campaigns and the issues.
slide.009 — Set up a collaborative Google Docs & Spreadsheet. Each team analyses the candidate's announcement speech, outlines the candidate's position on the issues and reflects on each candidate's chances. Brainstorm with class for questions and statistics to include on each Doc and Spreadsheet.
slide.010 — Students can use Google Search News Archives to create a timeline of news articles. They brainstorm a list of common questions to apply as they research the news.
slide.011 — Set up a class Blog where students can voice their opinions about the 2008 campaign.
slide.012 — A Place in Time with Google Tools - History, Geography and the Impact of Photography
slide.013 — Explore with your students the power of images and their impact on history as they research, select and evaluate photographs in an interactive and collaborative lesson. Incorporate geographic literacy into the experience by challenging them to focus on the significance of the place, captured in time, that influenced events.
slide.014 — Build a Google Earth tour for your students by selecting several photographs that have influenced either U.S. or World opinion. Find these photographs in text materials or locate them on the Web.
slide.015 — Start your project by creating a new "Folder" in the Google Earth "My Places" sidebar. Click on "Add/Folder" in the top menu. Name the folder "A Place in Time". Select the Placemark tool in Google Earth and anchor the location of each of the photos in your Earth file.
slide.016 — Include the photograph in the Placemark Description box by typing in the simple html image code <img src ="URL of your photograph">.
slide.017 — Build out several more Placemarks and then highlight the "A Place in Time" Folder by clicking once. In the top Earth menu choose (File/Save/Save Place as) "kmz" to share with students.
slide.018 — Set up a collaborative discussion board in Google Groups encouraging students to research and discuss as they add their perspectives and information to the conversations over the photographs.
slide.019 — Direct your students to the Google News Search archives where they'll be able to access newspaper articles and create timelines covering the events depicted in the photos.
slide.020 — Finish off the lesson by having students create Google Earth "Places in Time" files by adding current or historic photographs that they believe have influenced events. Their continued collaboration on these issues will help them further understand and explore the role of media and images in our history.
slide.021 — Postcards from the Past - Historic and Geographic Change
slide.022 — Use video or digital still photography to enhance lessons on local history and historical change.
slide.023 — The combined photographic research will record changes that have impacted a community, give students a perspective on the history of an area, and contribute to a communities’ historic record.
slide.024 — Students locate historic photos and then re-shoot at that location using a video or still camera.
slide.025 — In the "Description" box that pops up with each new Placemark, in Google Earth, students may record the history of the structure focusing on its origins and outlining the changes that have occurred.
slide.026 — Students might want to include the photograph in the Placemark Description box for added impact.
slide.027 — Students can make the "Placemark" the picture by clicking the standard yellow Placemark when in the "New Placemark" window. In the "Icon window" choose "Add Custom Icon"and browse for one of the photographs. Adjust the new "Icon" by varying the scale in the Icon menu.
slide.028 — After adjusting the altitude, click "Snapshot Current View" in the Placemark View menu.
slide.029 — By adding an image overlay to Earth, students can juxtapose the "today" and "yesterday" photos on top of each other. To produce an effect that shows the present as it fades into the past, move the "Transparency" slider on one of the photos towards clear.
slide.030 — Once the Google Earth file is complete, students highlight the "Postcards from the Past" by clicking once. In the top Earth menu choose (File/Save/Save Place as) "kmz". Teachers can centralize the file from each student or team and combine files to make a class kmz Postcards Earth tour.
slide.031 — Using Google News Archives they can create a timeline of news articles on the structure.
slide.032 — From There to Here with Google Tools - Collaborative Science Field Studies
slide.033 — Share your extended field trips or outdoor education science trips with all students, staff and parents at your school. Traveling teachers and students relay scientific findings and events while on the trip making the field study a learning experience for everyone.
slide.034 — Start the project by creating a new "Folder" in the Google Earth "My Places" sidebar. Click on "Add/Folder" in the top menu. Name the folder "Our Field Study".
slide.035 — Select the Placemark tool in Google Earth and anchor the location of each place visited in the Earth file. In the "Description" box that pops up with each new Placemark, name the Placemark and include information on your stay at that location. Add photographs in the Placemark Description box by typing in the simple html image code <img src ="path to your photograph on your computer">. Link podcasts of your trip that you've upload to a website using this code <a href ="http://URL of your podcast">Our Podcast</a>
slide.036 — Student digital photos can also be included on Google Earth with the "Image Overlay" Tool. Students, staff and parents will be able to see the trip as it unfolds.
slide.037 — A collaborative discussion board, Google Groups, provides students "back home" with a forum to ask questions and discuss the findings of the students on the field study.
slide.038 — Earthquake! USGS & Google Earth - A multimedia introduction to Plate Tectonics
slide.039 — Introduce students to plate tectonics with the multimedia elements in the Google Earth tours created by the United States Geological Survey.
slide.040 — Set up a series of questions to start the initial exploration of the USGS Google Earth tours.
slide.041 — Set up a collaborative Google Docs & Spreadsheet where students can record their findings on faults, or volcanic activity. Have students create their own Google Earth tour that explains plate boundaries and the impact of the Ring of Fire.
slide.042 — Students explore, analyze and create scenarios as they learn about seismic activity both past and present in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.
slide.043 — Charting with Google Spreadsheets - Using Statistics, Lookup and Search Features in Spreadsheets to Analyze Data
slide.044 — Incorporate the interactivity of Google Spreadsheets into your classroom adding data analysis to your curriculum. Using spreadsheets and chart creation with Google tools, student teams or multiple classes can author and share spreadsheets for group analysis. This sample lesson demonstrates how World History or Contemporary Issues classes can benefit from this tool.
slide.045 — Student teams set up collaborative Spreadsheets using Google Docs & Spreadsheets and build the spreadsheet by filling in the columns with statistics.
slide.046 — Google Spreadsheets also has its own search features. (Lookup) Click on the formula tab at the top then click on more (to the right) and choose "Google Lookup". Search with Spreadsheet cells by typing the information in the cell and then right click or ctrl click on the cell to search the Internet.
slide.047 — Once the spreadsheet research and data entry is complete, students select the cells they want charted and click the "Chart" icon to bring up the "charting box". Students select the type of chart and labels to create a graphical display of their data. These charts can be saved as images by clicking on the Chart menu and choosing "Save Image". The Chart will be downloaded to the computer so it can be included in other media such as Google Earth
slide.048 — Continue by having your teams locate and "Placemark" their researched countries in Google Earth. In the "Placemark Description" for each county they can upload the saved image of their Spreadsheet chart by including the code: <img src ="URL address or hard drive location of their image">. If students use the "Publish" tab in their Spreadsheet they can include that link in their Placemark Description.
slide.049 — Road Trip with Google Tools - Exploring History and Geography
slide.050 — Keep your students engaged and on the road to learning by sending them on a Google Maps Road Trip!
slide.051 — Students click on "My Maps" and sign-in with a Google Account. Stdunts click "Create a new map", name their map and click "Unlisted".
slide.052 — Teachers set up a Google Group for the class so student teams can create a guide book for their trip.
slide.053 — Students can add "Pages" and "Files" to the Group. The Road Trip teams can collaborate and plan their trip on the discussion board. The Page can include information on destinations and a description of the historical information teams will "see". Team's Pages will explain the significance of their destinations and how those locations relate to their theme.
slide.054 — Now it's Back to "My Map" to create and journal the trip. Students add Placemarks at each destination on their trip. In the Placemark Box they use the "Rich Text" formatting to add images, format text, and link web addresses to destinations. Students create their travel route using the line tool.
slide.055 — Once the trip is complete, students click on the "Hybrid" button and save out as a KML file to their computer. The KML file can be opened in Google Earth and shared in a presentation to the class.
slide.056 — Brush with History - Collecting Primary Source Oral History
slide.057 — Students contribute to the historical record by interviewing and recording an encounter with an event that history texts only describe in broad terms. By posting this account for others to see, students will give us all a better understanding of the historical record described in the words of those who were brushed by its events.
slide.058 — Start with Google Groups - More than a collaborative discussion board, Google Groups provides students with a location to post collected data, create webpages and contribute to conversations.
slide.059 — Students can add "Pages" and "Files" to the Brush with History Google Group, building out the site with historical artifacts.
slide.060 — Students find a person (primary source) who witnessed or participated in an event that has been described in historical sources (textbooks, websites). Students conduct interviews. Students describe in a well written (powerful, entertaining and accurate) discussion board post the event they collected from their sources' Brush with History.
slide.061 — Teachers can post rubrics in Google Group Pages to guide students in the assignment.
slide.062 — As students do research they can explore Google Timeline and Map Search along with Google News Archive Search.
slide.063 — Sites referenced in this presentation