NYSCATE Conference, November 2010
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Session Title: Teacher and Student Projects Using Google Tools
                        Sunday, November 21st, 3:00 - 4:00
Need lesson ideas for using Google tools?  Below are sample teacher lessons and student projects you can replicate for your classroom. Sample topics shown during the presentation: historical events, history of your community, famous explorers, volume and area math lessons, teaching literature, earthquakes, tectonic plates, pandemics, and more.

Some of the projects can be viewed in their entirety on a site started by the presenter entitled, “Google Historical Voyages and Events,” which can be found under the “Resource” section of Carol’s homepage:  http://www.carollarow.com
On this site you can see:

1) lesson materials – lesson plans, rubrics, worksheets, etc.
2) Learning Standards
3) download finished projects
4) link to online projects

 Projects From: Google Historical Voyages and Events Page

  Directions: Click on the Project Titles To Link to the Projects

Fifth grade students in Dr. R.H. Brown Middle School, Madison, CT, read articles, research events, and collaborate as they summarize what they have learned about the American Civil War. The students create an historical "voyage" of the major events and battles in Google Maps, combining social studies, language arts, and technology skills. Students read the book, Fields of Fury, chose topics, and did follow up research, addressing the "Who, What, When, Where, and Why" of each event. Students did research on the WEB, used graphic organizers, and constructed written paragraphs with topic sentences, transitions, and closing statements. They used Google Image Search to find appropriate images and cited their sources. The students posted their final project in Google Maps and received three grades: research (language arts/social studies), written paragraphs (language arts), finished product in Google Maps (social studies).

This is the 1st project on the page. Scroll down and click on the project title.

Seventh graders from Lynchburg Middle School, Lynchburg, Virginia, study historical events that helped define our history. Dubbed the "Time Travel" project, students researched famous events and people such as
D-Day, Amelia Earhart, the Transcontinential Railroad, Sherman's March to the Sea, Blackbeard, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Great Migration, Indian Wars of the Great Plains, and more. They use Google Earth to represent the different events. You will need to download Google Earth in order to view their finished projects. Click on the project title links, and a kmz will be downloaded to your computer. Click on the kmz, and it will launch in Google Earth. You will need to download each student's project separately.

This is the 3rd project on the page. Scroll down and click on the project title.

Fourth grade students in George Washington Elementary School study historic sites in their community. Each student chooses an historic site in Kingston, New York, to study. Students do research, visit the site personally, take digital photos, write descriptive paragraphs, and summarize what they have learned about their particular historic site. Using PhotoStory, students create photo "stories," complete with voice recorded narrations and export them to You Tube. The finished video stories are imported to Google Maps, as a final collaborative, class project on their home town - historic Kingston, New York. Their final culminating activity is a class picnic at one of the historic sites, to celebrate the completion of their project.

This is the 5th project on the page. Scroll down and click on the project title.

Teacher Lesson done by Carol LaRow, Niskayuna Central Schools - a Google Earth "LitTrip," which can be used as a unit lesson. The project includes a Google Earth kmz which follows the plot of the novel and the places the characters went. The kmz includes discussion questions written by 7th grade students as they discussed the novel "all class." It also includes links to primary sourc documents, additional resources on the WEB, photos, webquests, and more. Don't miss the suggested multimedia projects at the very end of the kmz file. The unit also includes an "overview" podcast, a teacher lesson plan, and links to chapter questions written by students which you can download.

This is the 1st project on the page. Scroll down and click on the project title.

Teacher Lesson done by Gray Buetzow, Twin Creeks Elementary School - for fifth grade students to research and learn about the exploitation of people and use of slave trade routes. Using Google Earth, students follow the routes, answer questions posed by their teacher, and draw conclusions about the history of slave trade, how and why it started, where it took place in the World, and discuss what they have learned. Follow the Google Earth kmz and learn more about Africa, England, Brazil, the Colonies, and more. Follow the routes of the slave ships and be an eyewitness to history as you explore the links and do research on the WEB. There is a culminating Activity - in kmz and in Google Docs. You will need to download Google Earth to view the kmz file.

This is the 2nd project on the page. Scroll down and click on the project title.

Primary School students in St. Joseph's Primary School of Newcastle Australia, tell about the rich history of their country. The site includes information about famous Australians, gold rushes in Australia, the city of Sydney along with its famous opera house and Harbor Bridge. It also includes topographical features such as the Great Barrier Reef, The Three Sisters, and Uluru - the biggest sandstone monolith in the World. You will also learn about Australian animals and the history of Newcastle, including the Aboriginal History of Newcastle, which is where the school is located.

This is the 1st project on the page. Scroll down and click on the project title.

These projects, along with additional projects can be found on the site,
Google Historical Voyages and Events. Any educator, student, or historical organization may contribute a project.
Project Overview - Only two requirements:
                                  1) Use a Google tool
                                  2) Have a history topic for your project. We will add topics if you choose one that is not listed.

Join the Project                                                  

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