Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Google Earth Resources for K-12

This morning I am working with teachers who are exploring uses of Google Earth across all grades and subjects. This is the starter list of resources. Please feel free to add more in the comments.

- Google Earth Design Blog
- Google Earth Showcase
- SERC How to Teach With Google Earth

3D Model Warehouse
Uploading Data to Google Maps Engine
Public Data Explorer
Google Earth Gallery

Monster Milk Truck

- Climate Change, Flooding, Volcanoes
- Google Earth Outreach
- Projects by Subject
- Shark Tracking
- Wildlife Tracking
- KQED Science Maps
- U.S. Watersheds (complete directions for working with watersheds)

English/ Language Arts
- Google Lit Trips
- Projects by subject

- Maths Maps
- Real World Math
- Google Earth Walks

Social Studies
- Social Studies Central
- Projects by subject
- Great Explorers and more
- 10 US History Tours
- Culture and History
- GE Teach

XO Lesson Plans Aligned to Common Core Standards

XO Plans for You is a wiki developed by OLPC for the purpose of sharing elementary school lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards. To a find lesson plan for you start by selecting a grade level (1-5) then select a content area (ELA, Math, Social Studies, or Science. The lesson plans are displayed in a grid that includes alignment to Common Core Standards and a list of the resources needed to conduct each lesson.

Applications for Education
XO Plans for You could be a good place for elementary school teachers to locate lesson plans that align to their instructional goals. The lesson plans are published through Google Documents so that you can save a copy into your personal Google Drive account.

Fakebook Gallery - A Gallery of Fake Facebook Profiles for Historical Characters

In the past I've written about using Fakebook to have students create fictitious Facebook profiles for famous people alive and dead as well as for characters from novels. Yesterday, Russel Tarr who is the creator of Fakebook sent me a message about the gallery of Fakebook profiles that he has created. The Fakebook gallery features some of the many Fakebook profiles that students have created over the years.

Applications for Education
The Fakebook gallery could be a great place to find some ideas for your own Fakebook projects.

Think + Laugh + Cry = A Good Day

This post has nothing to do with technology. However, as I've said in the past when sharing this video, I think the video below has a lesson for every teacher and student.

Tonight is the conclusion of Jimmy V Week on ESPN. This annual event raises money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research and honors the legacy of Jim Valvano. Take eleven minutes to watch the video below. It might be the best thing you watch this week. I've watched it dozens of times over the years and it gives me chills while being inspirational every time I watch it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

ePals Common Core Implementation Center

Many of you probably know of ePals, a global classroom community for collaborating on projects with others worldwide. ePals recently launched its new Common Core Implementation Center that gives teachers access to a broad range of online communication and collaboration tools, along with rigorous learning resources designed to facilitate authentic, project-based learning, as specified by Common Core State Standards.

Resources available include customizable, project-based lessons and activities based on time available, subject focus and grade level from both teachers and respected content providers (e.g., National Geographic, Smithsonian, Cobblestone & Cricket magazines). Classrooms can partner in safe, digital workspaces controlled by the teacher to collaborate on activities and projects with other schools and classrooms.

Check out the Common Core Implementation Center on ePals to get started.

Here are some ideas to get started:

Create Real-World Connections for Each Topic: Find project partners for each content area your students are studying to enhance understanding and application of new concepts and to meet Common Core standards including Writing 6 and Writing 7.

Pair Students with Global Peers: Pair students within a project workspace with peers from other countries to accomplish specific goals, such as completing joint inquiry projects.

Host Online Discussions: Host dynamic discussions between students by posting forum topics for students to build on each other’s ideas and learn to express their own thoughts clearly and persuasively.

Share Student Work: Have students publish their work and ideas to the project group using media galleries and encourage peer review.

Create Collaborative Content: Use wikis to have student groups author joint content, such as a digital presentations and multimedia research reports.

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