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Where in the World? Google Geo Tools and Fostering Global Awareness

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: 118C

Christine Lion-Bailey  
Fostering empathy and global awareness among learners is a critical responsibility of today's educators. By harnessing the power of Google’s Geo Tools, educators can engage students with authentic learning experiences to develop global awareness. Participants will take away Google Geo Tools implementation strategies spanning K-12 learners.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Account and laptop device with Chrome installed (helpful but not required)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: Join a Google Certified Innovator for a hands on learning experience guiding educators through the Google Geo Tools to learn strategies for implementing them across content areas while fostering empathy and global awareness. Activities will be shared for various Google Geo Tools, including, but not limited to, Google Earth, My Maps, and Tour Builder. Participants will walk away with implementation strategies, example activities, and a proficient understanding of how Google Geo Tools can be leveraged to foster global awareness.

1. Participants will be able to identify and define Google Geo Tools as an instructional tool to engage student learners.
2. Participants will be able to experience and reflect upon authentic Google Geo Tool instructional strategies and activities that span a variety of content areas and grade levels.
3. Participants will be able to connect Google Geo Tool instructional strategies with opportunities to foster empathy and global awareness within student learners.


10 mins Welcome & Introduction, Roll the Dice Activity

10 mins: Tour of Google Earth Features (Magnifying Glass, Hoovering, Ruler, Bookmarking, Voyager, etc)

5 mins: Explore Google Earth Features

5 mins: Strategies for Google Earth in the Classroom

10 mins: Introduce and Tour My Maps (Manipulating the Maps, Adding Content, Building Content, Customizing Pins, etc)

10 mins: Create an Atlas with My Maps

5 mins: Strategies for My Maps in the Classroom

5 mins: Debrief & Thank You

Supporting research

Bring the World to Your Classroom: Using Google Geo Tools
Kelly Kermode, Kim Randall

The HyperDoc Handbook
Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps
Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, Sarah Landis

Behmer, S. (2017, July 31). 10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom [Blog post]

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Christine Lion-Bailey, Morris Plains School District

Christine Lion-Bailey is the Director of Technology & Innovation for the Morris Plains School District in New Jersey where she provides school leaders & staff with support in the constant evolution of educational technology while sparking innovation and creativity. Christine has a strong passion for balancing students’ educational experiences with social emotional learning, global awareness, and citizenship. Christine is a Google Certified Innovator and an active member of the Future Ready Schools-NJ team. She frequently hosts workshops and presentations on various innovation topics and consults with school districts to support innovative educational practices.

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