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6 Sites To Get Kids Excited About Google Maps

6 Sites To Get Kids Excited About Google Maps
I can remember three distinct occasions in my life where I have been blown away by technology. I will save the first two for another day, but I will say that the amazing experience of walking the streets of New York, from my computer on the other side of the world in Australia is definitely one of them. That feeling of disbelief where you wonder if it is another April 1st prank… What, they actually drove a little car all around the city taking photos??? But they did… And they continue to do so. Google Maps started as a downloadable C++ program designed by two Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen. Since being acquired by Google in 2004, the program turned web app, has seen massive innovation and is now a tool used in nearly ever industry imaginable. Here are six brilliant sites that use Google Maps to make fascinating, interesting, fun and thought provoking things happen. Google Sightseeing Google Sightseeing lets you see the sights of the world without leaving your chair. MapCrunch Related:  Cultures and Geography

IfItWereMyHome.com Canada A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care and education services, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment. The land now occupied by Canada was first inhabited approximately 16,000 years ago by aboriginal peoples. The beginning of the 20th century saw Canada's early involvement in World War I due to British control of its foreign affairs. Today, Canada is characterized by its socially democratic programs such as universal health care, the Canda Pension Plan, and Canada Student Loans.

10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning The following post was co-authored by EdTechTeacher’s Beth Holland & Tracy Sockalosky. When we think about the tools and resources that benefit all learners, certain key attributes come to mind: multiple modalities, scaffolding, communication, collaboration, and support. While there are hundreds of tools and devices available, we have found 10 strategies to maximize the learning possibilities through creative uses of All Things Google. 1. At its most basic level, Google Docs provides students with a foolproof means to access their work from any device. On a deeper level, working in shared Docs also creates an almost real-time feedback loop. Docs do not have to be used only for assessments. 2. Imagine having the ability to know your students’ comprehension level before they walk into class or immediately after you introduce a new concept. 3. What if your students could hear your thoughts as you read their work and provided input? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Students may or may not take notes. 9. 10.

The Innovative Educator’s Five Fave Ways to Create a Global Communication Center with Google Whether you’re a classroom teacher or home educating family, you and the young people around you can collaborate with and connect to the world using Google tools. I’ve used numerous Google tools to connect to help myself and others connect to the world. I love using tools like Docs, Hangout, Goggles, Translate, Earth and more! To learn more, watch this video overview and share with others who are interested in using Google’s free tools to connect with the world. Then read about my fave five with a description of how to use each. I love creating Google docs with others who share my passions and interests. Docs - Create and share documents on the web and access them from any internet enabled device. 3 - Google Translate Google Translate allows us to finally be able to communicate with others even if we don’t speak the same language via text or spoken word. You can find out about anything in the world with Google Goggles. 5 - Google Earth

Desert Biomes by DesertUSA 20 Must Have Chrome Apps for the Classroom Googles "#1 focus is on the USER...and all else will follow." How true is that in education too. I am a teacher of students, not of Economics, Mathematics, etc. When we take our eye off the ball, we have already lost the game. Teaching to the individual needs of students takes manpower and in public education today, we are WAY out numbered. Enter technology, the force multiplier. 1:1, Flipped, and Blended, are not just buzzwords they are paradigm shifts. This brings me to the core point of this post, to share with you what I feel are 20 of the most useful Chrome apps. So, without further ado, my top 20. Thanks to friend and colleague Teresa Thomassen for this projects foundation and inspiration.

The Landscape: Get Your Teachers Learning and Sharing with Google Blogger Sharing is one of the most powerful tools that we as teachers have. Yet, most of the teachers in my school either don't see the value in it, or they are simply not interested in learning and sharing from each other. I am trying to find ways to get them inspired and motivated to WANT to learn and share with each other. Inspiration After reading What Ed Said: 10 Steps to Get Teachers Into Blogs, I became even more motivated and empowered to get my teachers learning and sharing together! Action Plan In order to get my colleagues sharing and learning with each other, I have been working with my Technology Specialist in my building. How it Works Our district recently signed up for Google Apps in Education. How to Get Your Teachers to BlogIf you are interested in creating a blog post, watch this screencast demonstration that I created on how to use Google Blogger. Benefits of Blogging

The map as history : a multimedia atlas of world history with animated historical maps Blog: Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education Get Google Apps News & Tips Today’s guest blog post is contributed by Andrew Stillman, he is a 15-year veteran STEM and outdoor educator and Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools, where he supports 76 NYC secondary schools in the use of Google Apps for Education and other sustainable technologies. His goal is to foster efficient, high-capacity urban schools through the development of automation and system-building tools that allow educators to solve their own systems and workflow challenges. Andrew is also the author and collaborator of numerous popular Google Apps Scripts for educators that are featured in this post. Google Apps Scripts are an invaluable tool that enable educators to extend and automate functionality inside of Google Apps for Education. We will explain how the top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education can enhance teacher workflow and student learning experience. Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education 1. 2.

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