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Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting Ideas for the Classroom

Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting Ideas for the Classroom
March 14th, 2010 Google Earth has opened up potential for students in classrooms around the globe with its bird’s-eye view of the world. Whether you are a veteran teacher looking for new ways to teach old topics or you are a still an education student getting ready to make your debut in the classroom, these exciting ways to use Google Earth are sure to infuse your lessons with plenty of punch. Find ideas for any age student and a handful of virtual tours that will not only help you instruct your students, but might even teach you something along the way. Elementary Younger students can have fun with these Google Earth lessons and ideas. Meteors. Middle School These lessons cover a wide range of subjects and are just right for middle school students. San Francisco: visualizing a safer city. High School and Beyond These lessons are great for high school and college students and include literature, geography, history, and more. Around the World in 80 Days. All Ages Google Lit Trips. Virtual Tours

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In Pictures: The Strangest Sights in Google Earth - PCWorld tk Close More on Merrifield: Another look at Intel's new chip Feb 26, 2014 6:45 AM At Mobile World Congress, we got a chance to take a look at Merrifield to see if the new processors from Intel can give you better battery performance. Creating Interactive Maps with Google Forms Ever seen one of those maps with pins on them to represent places people have traveled to or come from? Well, now you can create an online version with Google’s MapsEngine. Using Google Maps as a base, you can add layers of information on top. The best part: you can easily import information from a Google Spreadsheet! Mount McKinley Elevation Survey Results Coming Soon (7/23/2015 9:30:00 AM) A team of four climbers has recently returned from the highest point in North America with new survey data to determine a more precise summit height of Mount McKinley. It is anticipated the new elevation finding will be announced in late August. The ability to establish a much more accurate height has grown with advances in surveying technologies since 1953 when the last official survey of Mount McKinley was recorded.

Activity packs – British Science Week The theme for this year’s British Science Week is “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It is also a chance for young people to consider the changes they can enact to have a positive impact on the future. This year we are providing three activity packs, one for early years, one for primary and one for secondary. Google Lit Trips Short URL to this presentation - Presentation at ISTE 2013 - See also GoogleEarthPresentation Handout Engage students with integrated visual learning using Google Earth to develop the geographic story/timeline connecting to literature you study in class.

Maths Maps – an engaging way to teach Maths with Google Maps It’s been around for a few years now and had plenty of interest from around the world already, but Mr G Online has only just discovered Maths Maps. From first impressions, I am absolutely blown away by the idea. The brainchild of leading UK educator Tom Barrett, (now based in Australia), Maths Maps uses Google Maps as the launching pad for Maths Investigations. Barrett’s vision was for teachers around the world to collaborate on building Maths Maps, examples of some seen in the screenshots on the left. Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools Imagine being an emergency responder in a small town that hasn't mapped its fire hydrants, labeled rural roads with street signs, or identified evacuation points in the event of natural disaster. Now imagine being part of a high school team that addresses those issues by thinking critically and using sophisticated geospatial tools to communicate findings. Until recently, only a small number of schools have had access to the high-powered geographical information system (GIS) software that enables detailed, layered mapping and analysis of data. Thanks to a recent $1 billion pledge from software developer Esri, free access to cloud-based mapping software is coming to 100,000 K-12 schools across the country. The donation of ArcGIS Online, the same software that governments and businesses use, has been pledged through ConnectED, a White House initiative to improve education in the STEM fields. Pioneers Lead the Way

Sugar snake - MEL Chemistry What is sugar and where does it come from? A sugar molecule consists of carbon (C), oxygen (O), and hydrogen (H) atoms. This is what a typical sugar, sucrose, looks like: It is a little hard to make out the structure of sucrose from this image. Download the application MEL Chemistry on your smartphone or tablet so that you can twist and turn the sugar molecule and look at it from different sides to better understand its structure. Look for "sucrose" in the app.

Google Lit Trips for Young Readers Where in the world will our youngest readers travel as they discover the world of books! Reading About Reading Kind Words Site Map Site Search Videos Leading With Technology: Using Google Maps to Visualize Bus Routes One of the most difficult things to understand when you walk into a district as Superintendent is bus routes. Most likely, you do not have a solid understanding of the roads in your district nor do you know where families live. It took me a year of confusion before I decided to create a google map of all our bus routes to provide the visual I need to gain understanding.

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Wave - Communicate and collaborate in real time As we announced in August 2010, we are not continuing active development of Google Wave as a stand-alone product. Google Wave will be shut down in April 2012. This page details the implication of the turn down process for Google Wave. Stage 1: Google Wave is read-only -- January 31, 2012 In this stage, you will no longer be able to create or edit waves. Creative Classroom Tools: Math Quest - A Problem Solving Adventure One of my favorite math units to do with upper elementary students is Math Quest! I very rarely repeat units in my classroom (there are too many great new things to try, right?), but Math Quest is one I have returned to year after year. So, I thought I'd share some of the ways I use this AMAZING Interact Unit with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Math Quest is set up like a game to engage and motivate students.