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3 March 2010: GeoApps

1- Overview

GeoApps are applications which permit learners to connect concepts to geography. Google Maps is a browser-based Geo-application environment, and Google Earth is a software-based GeoApp. We'll explore both and learn how to use resources created by others as well as make our own.

2- Lesson

  1. Opening Video: "The State of the Internet" by Jesse Thomas (reference this post) - Feb 2010
  2. Review
    1. All "Quarterly Checkup Quiz 1" submissions graded, along with all "MiniProject 1 (VoiceThread) submissions! If you have questions or find an error, please talk with Wes in class or send a WebCT message!
    2. Not all weekly scribe / summary blog posts graded. If you're not "in" our scribes blog, please send Wesley a WebCT message!
    3. New Quizes available in WebCT:
      1. Quarterly Checkup Quiz 2 (for weeks 3, 4 and 6)
      2. MiniProject 2 (either Google Site or Google Map assignment) - Rubrics are coming!
    4. T4T Posts and VoiceThreads to share

    5. Lots of T4T FAQ updates
    6. Questions?
  3. Favorite integration example: Google Lit Trips (by Jerome Burg)
  4. Using Google Earth to measure diameter

  5. More integration examples from Google for Educators
  6. Introducing Google Maps and Google Earth
  7. Crib Sheets
    1. Google Maps
    2. Google Earth
    3. SketchUp
  8. Activity: Collaborative "Favorite Places" Map

    1. Using your Google Account join as a collaborator on our  "T4T Favorite Places" map. - Section 62 - Section 63 (view a GWE class' map and another!)
    2. Add a place marker identifying your favorite place.
    3. Add content to the place marker using the rich text editing tools.
    4. Advanced: Add an image or other media to the place marker using the HTML editor.
    5. Explore some of your colleagues favorite places...
  9. Sketchup & The 3D Warehouse

3- Assignments

OPTIONAL: Sign up online to attend the Monday, March 8th Heartland eLearning keynote address FREE (for UCO students)
  1. Watch Sam's EduTopia Digital Youth Portrait (7:53)

  2. Write and post a reflection about Sam's video on your T4T blog using our video reflection rubric. 
  3. Create an original Google Map on a topic of your choice which:
    1. Includes at least 10 placemarks
    2. Includes some text, hyperlinks, and images on the placemarks
    3. At least 3 of the hyperlinks should go to a relevant WikiPedia page.

4- Resources

  1. LOTS more GeoApp resources from Wesley's November 2009 GWE presentation in Austin, Texas.

5- Review

What is the link to your blog reflection from week 8, on Watch Sam's EduTopia Digital Youth Portrait?

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