Geo-Apps: Geographic Curriculum Connections

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. Google Map Example: 1:1 Schools
  2. Favorite integration example: Google Lit Trips (by Jerome Burg)
  3. Using Google Earth to measure diameter
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    1. Crib Sheets
    2. Google Maps
    3. Google Earth
    4. SketchUp
  1. Activity: Collaborative "Favorite Places" Map
    1. Using your Google Account join as a collaborator a "Favorite Places" map. (View examples: a GWE class' map and another - Section 62 - Section 63 from Wesley's Spring 2010 T4T class.)
    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...
  2. Sketchup & The 3D Warehouse
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3- Assignment

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.

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