Google Earth for Educators

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Visit this site to learn all the tips and tricks for using Google Earth as a teaching tool. You can view lesson plans for a variety of grade levels and subjects, discuss Google Earth teaching tactics with fellow educators, see student-created work, and read how other teachers are using Google Earth in the classroom.

Wendy Clark‘s insight:

 

Curriculum links:  Google earth activities links to Year 4 Geography, Geographical Inquiry and Skills of collecting, recording, evaluating and representing. 

 

Content descriptions: collect and record relevant geographical data and information, by measuring, or from sources such as maps, photographs, satellite images.

 

Elaboration:  using Google Earth to collect geographical information, about resources from schools in contrasting parts of Australia.

 

Description:  Students search for the location of their school using the search function. They use the zoom, tilt or rotate functions to gain further information about their school. Students learn to manipulate the geographical content that appears on the map using the layers button to add or removing places, borders and roads.

 

Learning:  Students collect geographical information from maps, photographs and satellite images. The layers button enables students to manipulate the geographical information that appears on the map by adding or removing layers including places, businesses, photos, Wikipedia information, borders and labels, roads and oceans.

 

Application: Students can use Google Earth to work out the route they take from home to school and then map and measure the distance using the distance calculator.  They could then try to find an alternative route to see whether it might be quicker.

 

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4 Web Tools to Create Presentations without Installing Any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Wendy Clark‘s insight:

Student are often required to create and present information on a specific topic to their peers.  The tools mentioned in this article are useful for teachers and students to use in presentation creation and slideshows.  These tools also do not require installation of any software which makes them immediately accessible to students with internet access.

 

This links to Australian Curriculum: Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills

 

Content description:

Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems

 

Elaborations:

Selecting appropriate formats or layout styles to present data as information depending on the type of data and the audience, for example lists, tables, graphs, animations, info graphics and presentations

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Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope

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Unique, easy-to-use digital microscope captures high-quality images (up to 200x magnification) and bends to allow teachers and students to view even hard-to-…

Wendy Clark‘s insight:

This short clip explains the features of the flexible digital microscope for classroom use. This links to Australian Curriculum:  Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies knowledge and understanding Content description:Explore and use a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data Elaborations:Using specific peripheral devices to capture different types of data, for example using a digital microscope to capture images of living and non-living things.

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ChartGo : Graph and Charts Fast, Easy and Free

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ChartGo – Create Charts Online Fast and Free. Online Graphing. For creating graph and charts. Create Pie Charts, Bar Charts, Line Charts. Create Graphs.

Wendy Clark‘s insight:

ChartGo is a graph making tool where students can create graphs online. Students can select from bar charts, line charts, area charts and pie charts. The instructions are easy to follow and once students make their choices they can then, at the click of a button produce the graph they require.

In the Australian Curriculum Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills, under Content description – students are required to collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems, with the elaboration of selecting appropriate formats or layout styles to present data as information depending on the type of data and the audience, for example lists, tables, graphs, animations, info graphics and presentations.

This tool will prove useful for students to produce the necessary graphs required to meet this curriculum requirement.

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10 Cool Create an Avatar Web Sites

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Here are 10 cool ‘create an avatar’ web sites that I’ve found. To create an avatar is to show that you are serious about your online presence.  I finally figured out where people go to Simpsonize themselves.

Wendy Clark‘s insight:

As students become more technology savvy it is important to remind them of their digital footprints and how what is shared online is not easily removed.  Teachers must ensure that students are fully aware of online safety risks. To assist students in understanding the importance of symbols and creating an online identity they can create an avatar to represent themselves.  When speaking to people you have never met before you use body language, voice expression, visual and facial movements and gesture to convey your personality and this is not possible in an online community.  Therefore by creating an online identity you will automatically convey information to the people you communicate with.

 

What is an Avatar?

 

An online user’s computer representation of themselves.  It can a three-dimensional model which are often used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon or a photograph which are used in internet forums.

 

In creating an online character students are protecting their identity and personal information and still are able to project who they are and what they represent.  Students must be reminded of the distinction between personal and private information.  By giving students the opportunity to create avatars with online names nurtures student understanding of online security.  These online identities can be used when publishing and collaborating in online communities.  Students can be creative with their avatars but they can also still provide information about the individual.  The avatar may be realistic or non-realistic in appearance and may convey part of an identity that is not true to the student.

Avatar creation links to the Australian Curriculum Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills

 

Content description:

 

Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols

 

Elaborations:

 

Considering ways of managing the use of social media to maintain privacy needs, for example activating privacy settings to avoid divulging personal data such as photographs, addresses, and names and recognising that all digital interactions are difficult to erase (digital footprints)  Code:  ACTDIP013

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50+ Ways to Use Twitter in Your Classroom ~ Educational …

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Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place.

Wendy Clark‘s insight:

By using Twitter in the classroom you share your lessons.  If students create something imaginative and original you can share it with their parents.  Students have to learn about digital citizenship and Twitter in the classroom is a safe environment that you can control.  If you set up a class twitter account you can tweet updates throughout the day.  You can connect with other classrooms in the country or even around the world.  You can write collaboratively with another class.  There are many ways to use Twitter in the classroom as shown in the attached link.

There will however have to be rules for the Twitter account to function safely and for the best educational outcomes.  Let your class decide the rules of your Twitter account, guided by you, the teacher.  Rules could be:

1. Only use first names on Twitter.

2. Twitter is a tool for learning and sharing.

3. Any photos have to be approved by that person and the teacher.

4. Every tweet requires teacher approval.

5. Netiquette rules apply.

6. Only connect to people and classrooms that add value to our classroom.

7. A tweeter of the day is chosen.

Twitter accounts can provide:

  • connection with parents to sharing learning
  • collaboration with other classrooms in the area
  • connection with other classrooms around the world
  • connection with educational websites and events
  • communication with educators who respond to class projects
  • sharing learning with others
  • communication and interaction with authors.

Links to the Australian Curriculum, Digital Technologies knowledge and understanding Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001).  Digital Technologies processes and production skills.  Work with others to create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006).

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New Teacher Boot Camp Week 3 – Using Storybird

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Using StoryBird in the Classroom

Wendy Clark‘s insight:

Storybird is a tool that allows students to create stories individually or in collaboration with peers which can then be shared, read and printed.  Students can build their stories from images and art saved on the site or they can download and use their own images.  Once the story has been created students can print, watch and share these stories which are published online.  Stories can also be kept private. Storybird is free and teachers can host up to 30 students.

Storybird works by students dragging and dropping characters and images onto their digital storyboard.  The stories come to life as this tool allows students to produce a visual display of their thoughts as they create their stories in collaboration with peers.

This aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies: Digital Technologies processes and production skills as students work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols, elaboration, organising and creating different types of information for sharing and collaborating online, for example planning the sequence and appearance of an animation, and sharing it online, with peers, parents with students from another school, ACTDIP013.

Uses for Storybird in the classroom:

  • Use to engage students in the activites of the day ahead
  • Create stories, comic strips, poetry
  • Assist younger students with reading
  • Social stories for special needs students
  • Presentation on who you are, for others to get to know you
  • In units for write a fairy tale or fable
  • Create a movie trailer for books that have been read
  • Assign a group story for students to work in collaboration

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