True size is a cool website tool when you are working with maps. Many students do not understand how, lets say the Mercator projection map distorts the size of countries. True size helps us really see that.
In the example below, we can compare how Greenland and Antarctica look on the Mercator map (right). They look huge... Antarctica is bigger then all the continents combined. However, when we use the True size (left), we can see how much smaller it really is when we overlay it on the United States.
Give True Size a try an let me know your thoughts.
But to go deeper, what about then comparing the countries in Wolfram alpha. The images below then show what it looks like to compare these places in population, economics and much more.
The presentation will start with Peardeck (A cool google add on to use) and then work into the powerpoint below and this Hyperdoc example.
The following interactive map was made by a seventh grader. They started the map in sixth grade and over the two years of social studies they added to the map. Explore it for a while and see how the layers work and what students where able to do. Each map (120) is individualized by each student. This is just one example.
A few points about this my map. This file is saved in a students drive, so they can continue to build and layer as they move on in school (make an awesome electronic portfolio as a senior). They have added screencastify reflections to this map (helpful for me to see what they really are thinking about this software). They also begin to "See" connections between the content of 6th and 7th grade. Don't forget they can then export and upload to google earth to see all this information in a few different way. I am impressed by this and think it has a drastic effect on student learning.
Google earth was a mainstay in my classroom for several years, until we moved to Chromebooks. Student's computers would not run Google Earth, so we found other ways to explore the geographic features of the places we were learning about. We made a move to My Maps (a google map builder that saves finished maps in drive). Over the years we made individual maps for different topics: Mansa Musa Haij, Presidential Election of 2016, Greece Enduring Impacts, etc.. This year, however, we went to a 7th grade in Review. On this map we added only major event, concepts, or ideas from the year. I was thinking this would make a great review tool of the whole year.
My Maps allows you to add several things:
1. The Basics: How to use my maps
2. How to add Google docs to your my map. Think Google documents, slide shows, etc.
By Memorial day, the current 7th graders should have "finished" the map for this year. They will have add about 30 icons to the map. They will then export the my map (Export as KML) and import into the webbased new google earth. Then they can fly around the world looking, reading, watching the content they created and learned in this class for years to come.
I envision, the 8th grade teacher picking up and adding a new layer next year that covers early American History. It will be awesome to see the three years combined in google earth. What an exciting and innovative way to "See" what they learned in middle school history classes.
What are your thoughts?
Using Google Maps for Collaboration and Student Created Electronic Portfolios
9:00 in room Sagewood
Ramp Up Your Formative Assessments: 11:00 in Orange
Most of this will be done in a Peardeck. However some links we might not have time to address:
Click here for your Peardeck Takeaways.
Our little Test Assignment: https://edpuzzle.com/media/58ca6bfc2eea923e31627909
Four of my class periods are signing up today. I will run this "Trial" for the rest of the school year. I will update TFT after I collect feedback from students and provide more insightful information on the process. But so far, I think I love this product. It can do all the things we wanted to do three years ago and it makes it easy for me to manage. That is good. Cheers, Garth
Today, we will use "PEAR DECK" to run the session, but you will be all over the web.
COME BACK HERE AFTER THE SESSION AND CLICK THE LINK HERE TO GET A COPY OF ALL YOUR PEARDECK WORK.
Other tools we did not address in workshop, but worth a look: See this google doc.
Quizizz and Edpuzzle video.
How it works (Video above shows this)
As kids sign in with the code, the computer randomly assign them into groups (depending the on the size of the class). They move into the assigned groups. When the game starts they all get the same vocabulary word on all devices screens, but each screen has different possible answers. So only one student has the right answer. They have to talk, share and think about the right choice. If someone, picks fast and gets it wrong, they start over. Now this gets interesting when you have 20 terms and they mess up on number 16. It really encourages team work and communication.
I can say this, my student's loved this form of study (more then Kahoot, or other forms of review). They have asked over and over when we can do it again. The key to the live version is that students must work together so it is very social and collaborative.
Let me know how your students like Quizlet live.