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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 Related:  Google

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. ”Determining an updated elevation for the summit of Mount McKinley presents extraordinary challenges,” said Suzette Kimball, acting director of the USGS. Unique circumstances and variables such as the depth of the snow pack and establishing the appropriate surface that coincides with mean sea level must be taken into account before the new Mount McKinley elevation can be determined. In 2013, an elevation was calculated for Mount McKinley using a technology known as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (ifsar). Mount McKinley is part of Denali National Park.

10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers As I do every year, I am taking this week to relax, recharge, and ski with friends. While I'm away I will be re-running the most popular posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in February, 2015. This afternoon I was asked if I could put together a list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons. Google Docs Add-ons: The Tag Cloud Generator Add-on will create a word cloud in the right-hand margin of any of your Google Documents that contain more than one hundred words. One of the most useful Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator. Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts to type the accents and characters is one of the challenges that students face when learning and trying to type in a new language. g(Math) is an Add-on for Google Docs that enables you to easily insert graphs and equations into your Google Documents. Google Forms Add-ons:FormLimiter is one of my favorite Forms Add-ons.

Mission Map Quest | חפש את המטמון גיאוגראפי Mission Map Quest – משחק חפש את המטמון גאוגרפי, במהלכו נשאל התלמיד שאלה שהתשובה עליה היא מיקום על גבי מפה. לאחר שהתלמיד הזין נכון את המיקום הוא יכול לאסוף מטבע. **הקפידו לשמור את הקישור אל המשחק כדי שתהיה לכם גישה אליו גם בעתיד. ** שימרו גם את הסיסמה שהקלדתם בסיום יצירת המשחק כדי שתהיה לכם גישה לגרסת העורך. מדריך מצולם בעברית מדריך מצולם באנגלית קשור GIF | יצירת אנימציה מסרטוני יוטיוב פונקציה חדשה נוספה בחלק מערוצי היוטיוב ! ב-"Gif YouTube" Treasure-HIT Treasure-HIT הוא כלי נוסף מבית מכללת HIT באמצעותו ניתן לשחק כיחידים/קבוצות במשחק חפש את המטמון. ב-"QRcode" GIF - יצירת אנימציה מתמונות ומסרטוני יוטיוב מספר כלים המאפשרים יצירת גלריית תמונות מתחלפות לאתר הבית ספרי (או לבלוג) בפורמט GIF, או הפיכת חלק מסרטון לאנימציית GIF. ב-"Gickr" מתויג:יצירת משחק, מפות

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

How to Design Google PD That Works! Save Pinterest A Framework for Professional Learning with G Suite I have delivered hundreds of hours of professional learning over the last ten years or so, and a vast portion of those sessions have focused on using Google tools in the classroom. I’ve learned a lot of lessons as a Google trainer, A LOT! Of course, every teacher/trainer is different, with a different personality and different strengths and weaknesses; and every group of participants varies as well. I presented a lot of these ideas last summer at ISTE 2017. The Shake Up Learning Google PD Framework (Start from the bottom and work your way up.) This framework starts from the ground up! Get the Google Cheat Sheets eBook If you don’t already have the Google Cheat Sheets eBook that I created, be sure you subscribe to claim your copy. The Foundation: Adult Learning Strategies The foundation for all professional learning should revolve around adult learning best practices and good andragogy. Teaching G Suite Apps Summary Article Name

Africa on the world map: What's the real size? Home to six time zones, its endless plains spread from ocean to ocean, dominating great swathes of the northern half of the globe. But, in reality, three Canadas would comfortably fit inside Africa. Our world map is wildly misleading. It's all down to the European cartographer Geert de Kremer, better known as Mercator, and his 16th century map projection. While a convenient way to chart the world, the map distorts the true size of countries. "Somehow this map projection came to be used on most world maps, especially those produced for classrooms since the beginning of the 1900s," says Menno-Jan Kraak, president of the International Cartographic Association and professor of cartography at the University of Twente, Netherlands. "Most of us have grown up with this world image." Made for captains Mercator initially made globes. Mercator's solution was to stretch out the northern and southern extremities of the globe to fill those gaps, producing an elegant and usable map. A political tool?

10 Hidden Google Hangouts Easter Eggs Take Conversations Off The Record Did you know that Google is keeping a record of everything you say in a Google Hangouts chat? Depending on the types of conversations you’re having, that can be great news or something exceptionally unwelcome. If you’re using an account owned by your employer, then those chats will also be available to your boss long after you’ve left the company. If you’re about to have a sensitive conversation, or just don’t want conversations with a particular person to be archived, you cantata individual conversations off the record. To take your conversation off the record, open the chat window and then click the Options button (that’s the gear icon at the top right of the window right below where you would close the conversation). Keep in mind that just because you're not saving a transcript doesn't mean your conversation is entirely secure.

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections The Land Remote Sensing Image Gallery allows users to see how the surface of the Earth is changing rapidly, at local, regional, national, even global scales, with significant repercussions for people, the economy, and the environment. Hurricane Irma Slams BarbudaHurricane Irma was a Category 5 superstorm when it lashed the Caribbean island of Barbuda on September 6, 2017. Southern California Wildfires UpdateSanta Ana winds rapidly spread wildfires through shrubland, tall grasses, and brush in southern California in December 2017. Southern California Wildfires, December 2017Santa Ana winds rapidly spread wildfires through chaparral shrubland, tall grasses, and brush in southern California in December 2017. New Rift on Greenland's Petermann GlacierA new rift has been forming on Petermann Glacier, Greenland, throughout 2017. Isle de Jean Charles, LouisianaIs Louisiana falling into the sea, or is the sea inundating Louisiana?

7 Little-Known Google Tools That Will Make Your Life A Lot Easier Practically everyone knows that Google is the world's largest search engine. In fact, most people who own a computer or a mobile device are pretty familiar with other popular Google products too, such as YouTube, Gmail, Chrome Web Browser, and Google Drive It turns out that when it comes to Google, the tech giant has a lot of different products. While using that many tools is probably overkill, it's always worth looking into the ones that could really help solve problems you regularly have, save time you'd rather not waste or accomplish something more creatively and efficiently. Here are some Google tools that most people don't talk about much, but would be extremely handy to use in a wide range of situations. Google Keep is a beautifully designed, visual note-taking app that can help you keep all your notes, to-do lists, reminders, images and all sorts of other tidbits of information organized and easy to view. Need to record some audio for a reminder?

Top 10 Google Expeditions & Cardboard Tips! 1. Get Your Viewer Purchase a cardboard online at: > Google: > Amazon: > Web: 2. Download the Cardboard App > iOS: > Android: Go on an Urban Hike - Visit the Eiffel Tower, Venice Canals, the Old City of Jerusalem, and underwater at the Great Barrier Reef. 3. With more than 500 Expeditions to choose from, students can journey far and wide, learning from immersive new experiences. > Sheet: > Map: 4. The Expeditions app is available for Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices. > iOS: > Google Play: 5. Check out this PDF 411 on onboarding Expeditions at your school or in your classroom 6. Use the Google Street View Camera to create your own 360 degree Photospheres. > iOS: > Android: 7. Get the template and build your own cardboard viewer. Template > 8.

Make Your Own Word Search in Google Sheets Just for fun, I coded a Word Search from a Google Sheets spreadsheet. You can use my template to create your own Word Search. The Google Sheets template I created allows you to copy and paste your own list of words onto the spreadsheet. Use the menu to “Create Puzzle.” Copy and paste your puzzle into Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets or you can simply print. Template Paste Your Words After making a copy of the template, replace the default list of words in column B with your own words. Make Puzzle Add-on Locate the “Make Word Search” menu at the top. Watch the Magic Each word is randomly placed on the Word Search grid. Clean Up the Puzzle One of the problems with placing words randomly is they will run into and “eat” other words. Test for Errors Use the menu to “Test for Errors.” Find a Spot Manually find a spot on the answer key for where you want to add the words that did not make the list. Remove Oops Notice on the answer key some words are not words! Print

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. Annotated Bibliography By the time a student reaches the later years of high school, and certainly by the time she’s gotten to college, it’s likely that she’ll be required to write an annotated bibliography, a list of resources that not only includes the bibliographical information of each source, but also a short paragraph summarizing the resource and reflecting on its usefulness for a given project. Book Review Book Review Collaborative Story Media-Rich Research Paper Table

8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn't Ignore Advertisement Did you ever click the bright red “New” button inside your Google Drive? Google Drawings isn’t at the forefront of tools. The limelight is reserved for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But let’s do a reawakening of sorts and click on More to go to the “neglected” siblings. Google Drawings is the freshest among all Google Drive tools. That’s just one. Now, that we have got the limitations of Google Drawings out of the way, let’s look at a few more creative uses. Use It for Collaborative Post-It Notes Think of Google Drawings as an universal whiteboard for sticking Post-It notes. When you can’t be at the same place, a quick Google Drawings share coupled with a Hangouts chat is an easy solution. Create Your Own Graphic Organizers Graphic organizers are diagrams that help organize information visually. Use the library of templates to take a shortcut (e.g. a flowchart template) or create your own from scratch. Design an Infographic Make Custom Graphics for Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect Using DriveSlides and SlideShot, two new Chrome extensions, students can use images to display work and reflect. Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the screen to the entire class. Mix in images — the visual tools that make instant connections in our brains — and you’ve got an engaging activity in the making. I want to show you two brand new tools that will mix those two elements — slides and images — in ways that you haven’t been able to in the past. They’re quick and easy to use if you have the Google Chrome browser on your computer or Chromebook. DriveSlides DriveSlides is a Google Chrome extension created by Alice Keeler and me. Note: Are you thinking, “Wait a second … I don’t even know what a Chrome extension is!”? Here’s what DriveSlides does: It uses a folder of photos in your Google Drive. This makes creating presentations with images super easy. How do I use DriveSlides? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.