“The World is an Open Box” Using Google Earth to Explore the World Sharon Caviness and Kellie Garcia November 19, 2013TLA Professional Development
Dine and Download Please help yourself to refreshments on the counter and download Google Earth if you do not have it on your laptops. http://www.google.com/earth/ or http://earth.google.com
Let’s Review At this point in our global school project we should… • Turn in your survey (blue sheet) • Register for Skype and / or Google Hangouts • Establish a classroom connection from another country • K - Ecuador • 1st- England • 2nd- Scotland • 3rd- Belgium • 4th- Oklahoma, Michigan, California • 5th- Ghana • Have plans to Skype or connect soon! Goal is November 20-26 • Use the week of November 20- 26 to learn about American and local culture and begin creating your culture box to send.
Culture Box Considerations • Must be mailed by January 17th - OR SOONER • Consider contents- no lithium batteries, no liquids, no aerosols (see website for specific country restrictions) • Declare the contents and value- Complete a “customs form” • Create an electronic itemized list for each box and the contents for TLA documentation. • Use special box for Military Base • Cushion items with bubble wrap, shredded paper, etc. • Seal with packing tape • Weight- Try to keep weight under 5 pounds unless using military APO or FPO • TLA Team will deliver to post office http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/welcome.htm
Questions about Group “Meeting” • You may bring a grade level to the media center for Skype if you wish. • You may Skype / Hangout in your rooms as one big grade level group. • You have the option to remain in your separate rooms and Skype in the same call using “group Skype” or Google Hangouts. • You must register with “Skype in the Classroom” to get a code for group Skype. This is normally a paid feature in a premium Skype account! https://education.skype.com/
What is Google Earth? http://www.epals.com/authhome.php?new_login=ga1#!/home/ • Virtual Globe / Map and Geographical Information Program • Google acquired Earth Viewer, a product of Keyhole, Inc. – used by news organizations to “fly” over areas in Iraq War in 2003 • Launched as Google Earth in June of 2005 • Google Earth allows users to search for exact locations by address, latitude and longitude coordinates, or by “flying” over areas • Maps the earth from satellite imagery and aerial photography • Free version with limited functions • Available as app for various devices
First Google Earth CartoonAppeared in New Yorker http://ubikcan.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/first-google-earth-cartoon/
Educational Uses- Endless! • Walk the streets of your adopted country • Look at latitude and longitude • Take virtual drive or flight to field trips • See the world- Use Sightseeing Tour • Create “tour” of your town to share with others through email or file sharing • Use different Google Earth layers to study transportation, demographics, economics, etc. • Google Earth gets students excited about geography beyond a flat map!
Search Let’s Practice! Search for your dream vacation destination. Use Google Earth to “fly” to your home address. Search for Guy B. Teachey Elementary School. Search for a famous landmark or national monument. Ex. Statue of Liberty Different Ways to Search
Navigate • Let’s Practice! • To navigate in Google Earth you need to be able to do 4 things: • Drag the view • Zoom in and out • Tilt the view • Rotate the view • Think of an area of the planet you want to have a look at. • Drag the view using the navigation controls so that you are directly over this area. • Zoom in and out over this view. See how much detail Google has for this area. • Experiment with tilting the view and rotating the view so that you have different perspectives. http://www.wwnorton.com/college/geo/geotours/Essentials_3E/Pfolder/PNavControls.png
Street View http://singaporecity360.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/kw-research-orange-guy.jpg Let’s Practice! Fly to your house and try out “street view.” Take a walk around your neighborhood. Take a “walking tour” of a big city such as New York, Chicago, or Charlotte. Try “street view” for Teachey Elementary. What can you see? Is your car in the lot?
Placemarks Let’s Practice! Locate a place that has meaning for you. It may be the place you were born, your favorite restaurant, your college, or some other location. Click on the “add placemark” icon (pushpin) Give your placemark a name. Click in the “description” box and add a brief description. You can change the placemark’s appearance by clicking on the pushpin icon in the popup box (beside the name of your placemark). When you are done, click okay. You will see your placemark on that location in Google Earth.
Layers Let’s Practice! Choose a location and begin to add / remove layers to see what information you learn about your location. If you know the name of your partner school, search for that school and see what you can learn about the surrounding area.
Email Images and Placemarks This may be helpful if you would like to share locations with your partner school. You may send images of a current view. You may send KML files which will open the view in Google Earth in a “Temporary Places” folder You may create a tour of your town and send the tour file. For those that are interested, we can hold a mini-session on creating tours at a later date!
Next Steps…. • Keep log of contacts with your partner school- emails, Skype, text, etc. • Use Culture Grid as a pre/post assessment for US culture and partner country • Arrange Skype call with partner school • Practice Skype – Register if you need a group code • Experiment with Google Earth • Have fun this week learning about our culture! Take pictures and videos! • Begin to build your culture box. • Communicate, communicate, communicate with the teacher from your partner country. Consider that partner as a member of your PLC to keep them informed about what you are currently working on. • Look for a survey about school culture in your email before the end of the week. We need this completed by Wednesday, November 27th. • Check TLA folder on the network for additional resources. (TES Staff Info 2013-2014)