Bringing Curriculum to Life with the Expeditions App Google Expeditions
Google has done it again. They’ve raised the bar and taken virtual field trips to a whole new level. You can purchase the entire Google Expeditions Kit with a device for each student, but it’s extremely expensive. Teachers rarely have that type of budget! However, you could always write a grant or use sites like www.donorschoose.org to get your project funded.
See the beginnings of grant writing here: Grant Proposal Outline The Beginnings of a Grant
Google Expeditions at Best Buy
- 30 students = $10,000
- 20 students = $7,000
- 10 students = $4,000
Pros: The phone screen splits in two, and feeds a slightly different image to the left and right eyes which gives the 3D effect. The accelerometers in the phone detect movement as you move your head around and adjust the view – so you can look all around, above and below you. The overall effect is an amazingly immersive experience. Children could quickly be transported to another part of the world, and describe their experiences to the rest of the class.
Cons: The drawback of this technology is that it’s a single user experience – you are going to need lots of these devices to work with a whole class and costwise that’s probably out of the reach of schools right now. But using with small groups, rotating use through a lesson, could be an option.
Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2016/08/ideas-for-using-google-cardboard-in-the-classroom/
Last year, at Hollywood Elementary School, I started my schools Twitter page (@Hollywood ES). ABC7 News Stormwatch team came in for an in-school “field trip” with my students to explain what a meteorologist does and how they do it. During their presentation, they live tweeted and shared photos and videos of the students. Parents were able to follow all the action on Twitter as well!
When looking at the ISTE Standards for my Johns Hopkins courses, I felt as though the Twitter page is a clear example of Standard 3.
Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning: Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
- Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
- Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
- Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats
- Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
Have any of you started a Twitter page for your class as a way to share answers similar to TODAYSMEET? Or a way to curate current event information? Please share how you use Twitter in the classroom 🙂
Princess Pascucci and the Fraction Fiasco
Introduce the game with a trailer using iMovie. My students LOVED this and it was an incredible hook to make them excited for the game. Click here to watch the trailer –> Ali and the Fraction Fiasco Movie Trailer
I also showed them how I made a digital storyboard to plan out the sequence of events so I was able to link this math lesson with the reading block and with sequencing a story. See that here –> Math Game – Storyboard
Finally, the students played the game! It was a multilevel game that took a few days to complete. Students worked with their team members. It worked out great! Princess Ali and the Fraction Fiasco
Elon Musk is a business magnate, engineer and inventor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors. His daring dream of rocket recycling and reusability is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. On July 28th, 2016, SpaceX engineers successfully conducted a full duration engine test firing of a 156-foot-tall rocket. Click here to read the full article on SpaceX.
Elon Musk is an absolute inspiration. I am fascinated with him and the way in which he approaches the world. He does things that others say he cannot. He challenges the status quo and finds solutions to problems that no one else even contemplates tackling. My “Elon Admiration” only intensified when my school leader (principal), Casey, introduced our back to school professional development with discussing Elon Musk and SpaceX. Follow up Reading: Current News on Tesla.
I think the infographic below accurately depicts Elon Musk’s life, but also marries the goal and purpose of my blog which is to incorporate technology effectively. An infographic is a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. Infographics are everywhere these days because our brain craves these visuals. Merging words with graphics helps imprint the information on our brain. Students can create their own infographics too using sites like Infogr.am, Piktochart, or Venngage