Monday, November 29, 2021

Link to Sections Within the Pages of Google Sites

The current version of Google Sites has come a long way in the last year or so. It now includes almost every feature that the old version of Google Sites offered (good thing, because the old version is scheduled for deprecation soon). One of those features is the ability to link to a specific section with a page in your website. 

To link to a section within a page of your Google Site you need to include section headers. That's easy to do. To include a section header simply insert one of the layout options listed in the right-hand menu of the Google Sites editor. Then just type a title for your section. Then when you publish your site you'll see a link appear when you hover your mouse pointer over that section title. 

Watch this short video to learn how to link to sections with the pages of Google Sites. 

Applications for Education
As I mentioned in the video, linking to a section within a page in Google Sites could be helpful your students when you're trying to direct them to a specific resource within a long list of resources on a Google Sites page. You could post the link to the section in Google Classroom or any other LMS to direct students to a specific resource or section of a resource list.

Finding a Geographic Opposite

One evening last week my daughters were playing with the globe pillow that is featured in this blog post. They started asking questions about what each place is called and where it is relative to where we live. Answering their questions reminded me of the concept of an earth sandwich

The idea of an earth sandwich is that you find the complete opposite location of where you are in the world. Some people take to the fullest extent and actually place bread on one location then get someone in the opposite location to do the same and actually make a sandwich. I use the idea of an earth sandwich just to help kids understand how some map projections can distort their understanding of the size and shape of places. 

You can find the complete opposite location of where you are (these are actually called antipodes) in a couple of ways. The first method is to simply identify your current exact location using latitude and longitude coordinates and then use the mathematical opposites to find your exact opposite location. For some students, doing that math might be a little trick. Another method is to use the Map Tunnelling Tool

The Map Tunnelling Tool places two digital maps (ESRI maps) side by side. You then click one of the maps to identify your current location and the other map will automatically display the antipode (opposite location) for your current location. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Germ Science Investigation - A Game About Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

Germ Science Investigation is a free online game that is designed to help students understand how to stop the transmission of COVID-19. The game has four "missions" for students to complete. Students complete the missions by answering a series of scenario-based questions. Students are given instant feedback after answering each question. If they answer a question incorrectly, the correct answer and a fact about COVID-19 is displayed. 

Registration is not required in order to play Germ Science Investigation. In fact, I didn't even seen an option for creating an account. Therefore, students have to play the game in one sitting or lose all of their progress. Completing the game shouldn't take more than about fifteen to twenty minutes. The game is available in seventeen languages. 

Applications for Education
Germ Science Investigation is a game that you might have students play to review information about how they can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in their schools. The game provides good reminders for high school students who might feel like they know everything they should do to prevent spreading COVID-19. For other students, the game might be an introduction to some of the science behind COVID-19 mitigation policies in their schools.

A Good Collection of Resources for Teaching the Five Themes of Geography

C-SPAN Classroom is known for offering great resources for teaching civics and government lessons. What you might not know is that C-SPAN Classroom also offers a good collection of resources for teaching geography lessons. 

C-SPAN Classroom hosts a collection of bell ringers and lesson plans aligned to the five themes of geography. Bell ringers are short video clips designed to spark classroom discussion and inquiry. They're typically accompanied by a handful of discussion questions. C-SPAN Classroom lesson plans also incorporate video clips but go into more depth on any given topic. 

For AP Human Geography C-SPAN hosts an entire course of study that you can guide your students through. The course includes seven units. Those units are listed below.

  • Thinking Geographically
  • Population and Migration Patterns and Processes
  • Cultural Patterns and Processes
  • Political Patterns and Processes
  • Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes
  • Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes
  • Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes

For more resources for teaching geography, take a look at my big list of resources for Geography Awareness Week

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Turkey, Docs, and Teams - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where a little dusting of snow and a temperature of 23F makes it feel like winter has arrived. I hope that all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving this week had an enjoyable and restful holiday. 

All of the leaves have finally fallen off the trees in my yard and I've cleaned them all up. But there's not enough snow to play in it, yet. In short, it's probably not a great day for bike rides like last weekend. So I have a hunch that today will be a day of indoor craft projects with my daughters. I hope that you also have something fun planned for your day. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Three Updated Google Docs Features
2. Five Helpful PowerPoint Features You Might Be Overlooking
3. Hands-on Activities for Learning About Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
4. How to Blur Faces in Videos With Screencastify
5. Scribble Maps - Draw on Google Maps and More Without an Account
6. Ten Updated Microsoft Teams Features for Teachers to Note
7. A Tip for Finding and Reading Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

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