Google Expeditions is a google app that allows teachers and students to explore the world through many different tours. This app allows you to swim with the sharks, visit outer space, and more eventful things without even having to leave the classroom!
All about VR tours
In the VR tours teachers and students use mobile devices VR viewers to explore an art gallery or museum, as well as swim underwater or navigate the outer space without even having to step foot out of the classroom! Below you will find a video of a VR tour!
All about AR tours
With AR tours teachers use mobile devices to bring objects into their classroom, so students, who are using mobile devices are able to walk around and see 3D objects that aren’t physically in the room! Below you will find a video of an AR tour!
Teachers and students are able to use the app “Tour Creator” to create virtual-reality tours and publish them on “Poly.”
Teachers are able to add tours they created in “Tour Creator to Expeditions” to guide students in their class.
Are you ready to get started?!
It’s a quick and easy process! First you have to get the Expeditions Kit
After that all you have to do is download and install the “Expeditions app!”
“Every hundred miles Paul Salopek pauses to record the landscape and a person he meets, assembling a global snapshot of human kind” (national geographic.org)
Chapter 1: Out Of Africa, Baby Steps
While exploring the second walk through the “Out Of Eden Walk” called “Baby Steps I enjoyed reading through the stories, and browsing through all of the pictures
Alema the guide leads as we pass a camel herd in the Afar region
Loading up for the trek from Bouri village to the Ethiopia-Dijbouti border
Middle Stone Age point, Afar region, Ethiopia
Chapter 1: Out Of Africa, New World
Reading through this story that was posted has really given me the idea of how everyone lived their life back then. It seemed that people really struggled to make ends meet, and they also had to travel by foot
The camels observe their competition, Afar Triangle, Ethiopia
Ethiopian police watch anthropocene video, Afar triangle
Summary: Throughout chapter 9 it discussed 2 important norms which is Norm 1: Be prepared and Norm 2: Have a purpose. Many global educators start their journey unprepared and without a purpose, which are the 2 most important things that are needed!
Norm #1: Be Prepared
So many potentially excellent global collaborations fail because educators are not prepared, largely because they do not con what to prepare for” (Lindsay Pg. 145).
Actions to follow in order to be prepared:
Use your PLN’s and PLC’s to find like-minded partners for global collaboration
Determine what common tools you will use to connect and collaborate
Test all tools beforehand to make sure you have access at all places
Be aware of time zone and what is possible
Guided Questions to ask:
“Is it clear who this global project is for?”
“Is it clear how participants will join?”
“Is it clear how participants will connect?”
“What common tools will be used?”
“What time zones will participants be working in?”
“For online collaboration to take place it is first essential that global partners be connected through tools that everyone can easily access and use” (Lindsay Pg. 147).
Norm #2: Have a Purpose
“Every connection, communication, and eventual collaboration must have a purpose. Planning is the key to success!” (Lindsay Pg. 147).
“Is the purpose of the project clear”
Inquiry and exploration into a topic or topics
“Is the length of the collaboration clear? Is it a set length or flexible?”
Global project, short or long, curriculum-based
“What are the shared inputs from participants?”
Shared outcomes, Student Summit
“What are the shared outcomes?”
Artifact exchange and/or co-creation
“Will there be artifact exchange? Will there be co-creation of outcomes?”
“Collaborating without a common purpose causes confusion and eventual abandonment frustration” (Lindsay Pg. 147).
“Google My Maps is a service launched by Google in April 2007 that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing. Users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of google maps, using a WYSIWYG editor” (Wiki).
10 Reasons to use Google My Maps in the Classroom:
Students as Contributors
ELA Read Non-Fiction
Make and Test Hypotheses
Link: Attached is a link to a video demonstrating how to use google my maps!
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My Blogging Experience: Before taking the class Web Tools I actually had no idea what blogging was or how it even works. Until my professor introduced me to it is when I became in love with blogging. Throughout the weeks of blogging new stuff, I became more 1interested in keeping my blog website and using it for when I am a teacher!
What I like about Blogging: Some of the few things that Like about blogging is that you are able to post things on your website and other people from around the world are able to view them and comment on them. I think it is a unique way to learn different material. In the future when I become a teacher, one of the reasons I would like to blog is so that I can not only keep my students up to date with what we are doing in the classroom, but I can also keep the parents up to date as well.
5 Benefits of Blogging in the Classroom:
Blogging encourages Storytelling
Blogging encourages Research
Blogging encourages Analysis
Blogging promotes Interaction
Blogging promotes regular Writing
Why Your Students Should Blog: 6 Powerful Benefits
Blogging exercises student creativity
Regular Writing Sharpens the Brain’s Performance
Promote Expression of Self
Blogging Boosts Confidence
Improve Communication Skills
Blogging in the classroom: Below is a link about why it is beneficial to blog in the classroom
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Solo: For this week’s blog post the movie I chose to watch was “Solo.” This movie takes place in Canary Islands, in which a surfer falls off a cliff. While the surfer is fighting to survive, he is also reflecting on his life and past romance. (Based on true events) Down below is a link to the movie:
Throughout the course Web Tools: Global Learning we had to create a twitter account and follow people who were in our major, as well as follow our classmates. Before taking this course twitter was one of the many social media tools that I used, so using twitter is easy for me considering I have been using it for many years!
My Thoughts on Twitter:
Prior to taking this class I had a twitter account, but it was mainly for just following my friends and tweeting unnceccessary tweets. Until I took this class, Web Tools: Global Learning is when I thought of twitter differently. For this class it was mandatory that we created a twitter account and followed not only our classmates, but also educators from all over the world. I feel using twitter for a class is a great thing because you get to meet new people, make new friends, learn new things, and also meet people of your major. In the future I hope to become a teacher, and by using twitter it has helped me gain a lot of knowledge about education. I believe all teachers should familiarize their students with twitter!
Link: Below is a link to a youtube video that I found stating why all teachers should use twitter!
How have those social media space conversations affected the way you think about learning?
The social media space conversations affected the way I think about learning because it made me realize how much you can get out of communicating with other people. Since I have created my new account for this class and followed people that are teachers, I have learned so much from what they post!
Have you learned anything significant?
Considering that I had a twitter account prior to taking this class I already knew how to work twitter, so that being said since creating my new one for Web Tools I have not learned anything significant. But the one thing I can say is new to me is participating in the twitter chats!
My Twitter Chat/Chats
Before taking this class I have never ever participated in a twitter chat, so with that being said I was a bit nervous to participate in my very first one. For the first one, I was pretty confused, but knew it wouldn’t be that difficult since all I had to do was reply to people, ask questions and start conversations. Continuing on with the twitter chats has gotten a lot easier and less frustrating for me. Instead, I find myself learning new things from them and actually engaging myself with teachers from all around the world!
In chapter 4 the excerpt that caught my eye was called “Authentic Learning, with Real-World Partners” located on page 52 of the textbook. In this particular paragraph it talks about how each teachers students don’t just use textbook, but instead their students are the textbook! With this being said, the students mentioned in these classes use blogs posts, videos, images and more to communicate their thoughts and ideas with other students around the world!
“How Blogging Is Being Used In the Classroom Today”
While browsing through the internet, I found a post that caught my eye. In this article it tells us information about how blogs are being used in the classrooms today, benefits of using blogs in the classroom, etc. Not only can teachers communicate to their students, but students can communicate and learn from students all over the world.
Instructors are able to post information about what is happening in the classroom or post important information so the parents can stay up to date.
Teachers are able to share lessons, assignments, homework, etc to their students or even to other students/teachers/parents all over the world.
Teachers are able to post students previous work as examples
Students and teachers can learn from others all around the world!
When I became a teacher in the future one of the things that I will use in my classroom is a blog. In all honesty, before I took this web tools class I had no idea what a blog was or even what WordPress was. Now that I use it I became addicted with it and believe it is a great tool for all students to use to not only stay up to date, but to also learn from others all around the world.
Summary: Throughout the years technology has become popular all over the world. In today’s day and age most teachers are using it not only to communicate with others, but their also incorporating it into their lesson plan. For example, an elementary school teacher incorporated Skype into her lesson plan. Over the week they are going to Skype other individuals throughout the world and learn about the different cultures through discussion on Skype.
What is Skype?
What is Skype in the classroom?
“Skype in the classroom is “a free global community” that allows teachers to collaborate on classroom projects and share skills and inspiration around specific teaching needs. Teachers can use Skype in a variety of ways to enhance their students understanding of a certain topic in a way that will be more exciting and memorable. Skype in the classroom allows for students to experience new cultures, language, and ideas without having to leave the classroom at all” (maryvillecollege.edu).
What are the benefits to using Skype in the classroom?
It provides students with opportunities to socializes with students outside of the classroom
Students can look to other students in their classroom and around the world for help besides the teacher
Students can connect with other cultures
Lesson plan that incorporates Skype:
This elementary school teacher integrated Skype in her lesson for the week. Over the course of the week her students will be skipping other individuals from all over the world to learn about the different cultures through discussion. Th objectives of this lesson plan is to teach students about different regions and cultures throughout the world, and to teach students about diversity.